Interview with Peter Max Lawrence
q)Please introduce yourself.
a)Hello my name is Peter Max Lawrence
q) Where do you live and work?
q) How would you describe your work to
someone who has never seen it?
a)I MAKE BAD ART.
q) How did you start in the arts? How/when did
you realize you were an artist?
a)I mostly started with the tear- and tantrum-soaked
intention to recreate toys taken away from me
while I was punished as a child. This happened a lot
and thank god it did, because I truly deserved it.
I remember making a full-on paper doll replica of
nearly every He-Man I owned and those coveted.
Wow — I just found the root to all of my issues!
q) What are your favourite art materials and why?
a)Pen & Paper. It is what I started with and seems
to be the beginning and end of most ideas.
q) What/who influences you most?
a)I would have to say in all honesty my close friends
and family, most specifically my father Dennis and
my mother Barbra. They never cease their support,
which then solidifies into an overt influence on how
I live my life and create my work, which are essentially
the same thing.
q) Describe a typical day of art making for you.
a)This would be my most typical routine:
Morning walk/run to collect ideas and objects.
Back to the studio for a brisk lifting of light weights.
Sifting through source material and history books.
Sit down (or stand up) and begin.
q) Do you have goals, specific things you want to
achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?
a)Receive a Macarthur Grant, McDowell and Marin
Direct the Promethea Feature Film.
q) What is your current favorite subject?
q) What has been your biggest accomplishment
a)Surviving my own mania.
q) Can we buy your art anywhere?
q) Anything that people should know about
that we don’t??
a)I was named after my great grandfathers and not
the pop artist Peter Max.
q)What inspires you to keep going when the work
gets frustrating or tough?
a)My friends and family – and the simple fact that my
work has saved my life on more than one occasion.
q)What inspires you to create?
a)LIFE IS ART, non? I find inspiration in nearly
everything. It may sound like another cliché, but when
you are digesting the barrage of information that is general
life experience, one’s mind tends to desperately attempt
quantifying said existence and through that “process”
the residual objects can and are sometimes refered to as “art.”
q) What contemporary artists or developments in art interest
a)All of them.
q) How long does it typically take you to finish a piece?
a)Depends on the work. Anywhere between 1 second – 10 years
q) Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are you emotionally
attached to them?
a)I heart most sales, occasionally I find it hard to part
with a work but that only lasts until I’m satisfied with
a new batch of work(s).
q) Is music important to you? If so, what are some things
you're listening to now?
a)VERY. I’m currently listening in heavy rotation all
things Leonard Cohen, Art Blakey, Fran Windler,
Previously Missing, Carletta Sue Kay, Mon Cousin Belge,
Hunx & his Punx and Chet Baker.
a)I like all books but especially anything by Alan Moore,
Warren Ellis, Henry Miller, Dorothy Parker and Joss Whedon.
q) What theories or beliefs do you have regarding
creativity or the creative process?
a)WORK, WORK and WORK.
q) What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing)
when you're not creating?
a)Cooking and cleaning – I’d make an excellent
househusband for the right gal or guy.
q) Do you have any projects or shows coming up that
you are particularly excited about?
a)My film called ‘WARHOLIC’ will be screened several
times in April and May at the de Young in
q) Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so, how?
What websites, magazines, and galleries do you prefer?
a)I’m hit or miss with contemporary art culture.
I tend to let things come to me, or in other words I’m
a populist. But I always recommend ‘Studio
‘To the best of our knowledge.’
q) Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer,
and answer it.
a)What is wrong with you?
q) Any advice for aspiring artists?
a)I’m probably the last person to be giving
advice to anyone.
q) Where can we see more of your work online?