„It’s someone really seductive and kinky in a very innocent, adorable and creepy way.” – Exclusive interview with Andres Gudino.
Where are you based and what do you do?
I live in San José, Costa Rica, where I’m from, and do some freelance work mostly in design so that allows me to dedicate myself to my art and personal projects.
Could you tell us a bit about your background? How did you get interested in art?
I’ve always been interested in drawing and have been very passionate about it. My family wasn’t very into art, but one aunt was and she taught me how to paint in oil. After that I began to discover different artists and got more involved in art. Art wasn’t supposed to be a profession, just a hobby in my family, so at college I studied architecture for three years until I realized that I really wanted to be a visual artist, so I started studying painting at the Fine Arts school.
Can you tell us what is the story behind the “big head” project?
It doesn’t have a name, as I said I’ve always loved drawing and I’ve been working on it for a long time. I started some sort of bestiarium or a imagynarium of characters so when I had my first solo show I got to show them. They were made out of charcoal and embroidery. I always take into consideration the space itself so I did an installation with the drawings where they seemed to be trying to get out from the paper and the walls. So after that I decided to get them out of the paper and into a sculpture. I didn’t have a plan for it just wanted to be able to play with it since it allows me to work with a big range of mediums. I see it as a tool and an extension of my drawings.
How people react when they see it on the streets or/and on exhibition?
It’s really funny, people are attracted by it, but yet uncomfortable. It makes people laugh and feel weird since there’s something about it’s expression that can be really adorable and flirty, but at the same time creepy and suspicious. The interaction is really interesting since you can’t see from the inside, but it makes you feel as if you’re being watched.
Does she/he (?) have a personality?
It does, it’s someone really seductive and kinky in a very innocent, adorable and creepy way.
How do you actually create these heads?
They are made out of fiberglass. I sculpt the design on clay and then make the mold to get the final piece. This technique is a tradition in my country and others in Centroamerica, they are used in folklore parties. I studied the technique with a traditional mascarada artist to be able to create my own design and representation.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
I get inspiration from a lot of different places, literature, films, paintings, music,etc. I admired a lot the work of spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, and the work of artist like Anne-Marie Schneider, Francis Bacon, Goya, Mike Kelley just to name a few. You just finished your study as a painter. Do you think painting is something anyone can learn? What is your point of view on art schools? You can learn the technical aspects of it, but it is what you do with the technique to make it your own that can’t´be taught. What frustrates me about most art schools is that they often care only in the academic aspects and restrain the artist into working in just one medium, painting, sculpture,ceramics, etc. I believe that what they should do is allow to the student to experiment and play with all techniques and mediums as one, since you can’t say the same thing with a drawing that you can with a video or an object/sculpture. Something like Baldessari´s Post-Studio program,and I had the luck to work with teachers that taught the same way and allowed us to work and experiment from outside the painting.
Do you have any big plans for 2018?
I’ve being working on some new projects but my main plan is to continue creating and getting an artist residency in another country.
Find Andres: www.agudino.com @gudino.a
Photos by: Manuel Zuñiga, Alejandro Ibarra, David Noldo