Albert Foolmoon (FR)
Last time we met someone from North of France on the blog, it wa&s the talented Johan Jaccob (from Glowsun), the interview was in french (as it was the real beginning of this blog), quickly after that, thoinking we were leaving in a global world, I decide everybody will shift to english, or, at least, globish. This is why I really want to thanx Albert for the effort he made to do the whole interview in english, as I really wanted to have him on the blog !
Hello, of course as every Crewk interview, first question: what are we listening to when we come to visit you?
Oh it will depend that i make it...
if i draw, it will be quiet music as Silver Mt Zion, Do Make Say Think, Herman Dune…
If i print (silkscreen), it's more punk music as Dead Kennedy's, Part Chimp, Buzzcocks.
And if i paint, i prefer listen The Cramps, Polysics...
Can you tell us more about yourself, who are you, where are you from, what do you do?
When did you start drawing?
I come from the north of France (Lille), near the belgium frontier.
I have no age, no birthday, i have no face.
I have painted during my teenage, but after i have to prefered the drawing (because no space to continue the painting). And now, iI make silkscreen since 3 years ago.
I publish in my own small press house "Lézard Actif" since 10 years. I have others activities, always around the DIY concept : photograph, publisher, organizer of Small press Art Fair, creator of the website community DIYzines, old member of Cagibi (a silkscreen atelier) and an activist drawer.
And now, with another drawer, Ar-Déco, i have founded "Sabordage" in 2012, a silkscreen atelier in Lille (France). I have start a collection of european drawers, very disturbing.
Did you follow any course or did you improve by drawing in the margins of your schoolbooks?
I was never go to the artschool, I did it myself. Drawing and drawing, no need to go to the school to make that.
I sell in the underground artfairs, i have my own shop online and i am in 2 galleries (Lille and Berlin). But it's difficult to sold my stuff because it's not nice and cute, You need to love skull to buy my prints !
So i make something else to living. But i have no need to much money because i am not a geek, and i have the same clothes since 10 years... ahah
Are you collaborating with magazines/fanzines, regularly?
i think i have collaborated with 40-50 fanzines... Now i prefer to make my own stuff, but if the project is really interesting, i will work on it. I don’t like the thema.
Where does your influence come from? Is there any artists/graphists you particularly like, what are your influences?
My drawing is very precious, i draw litttle things, almost with skulls, corpses, anatomy. Now i add some sentences in english or in french in my drawings.That's new. It's probably because i make concert poster and i love the typography by hand.
So i am very difficult with the works of the others artists. I can give you 3. Goya (XIXe), Bazooka (french 70's) and Damien Deroubaix (now).
But i love all the strange things, i have a collection of a weird pictures, familly pictures of the XIXth century… i love the cabinet’s curiosity, the freaks stuff.
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i have a big collection of old pictures on my computer and on paper. I work with anatomy books, strange pictures of people, a lot of engraving. I compose my drawing on my computer to have a kind of idea for the realisation. After i print that, i make some drawings. And the other question is…
Do you do everything by hand or on computer?
I begin by search differents pictures. I have a lot and a lot, i combine them, and i recompose to draw all. I scan the drawing and i erase what i don’t like, and after i print this in silkscreen (or not if i use water ink).
How long does it take you to do a poster?
I think that will be 10 hours or more. To think, try, combine, draw, scan and print.
You have a very distinctive style, are you doing only what you feel like or if tomorrow somebody asks you an oil painting with horses running out of water with a sunset backdrop, is it a problem or are you up for it ?
WHAT ? i don’t understand the question. I draw only my own style. I don’t like horse, dog or cat, maybe with a pepper sauce… And i don’t like that somebody ask to me something too specific.
For which band have you already worked for?
Obscur bands from underground europe.
My real wishes ? Hum… i would like to draw for Part Chimp ! (and Sonic Youth as 90% of drawers).
Do you choose the artists yourself?
No and yes, i "work" for an underground place in my town for the moment (and one time in Belgium). They organise a lot of concerts each week, i choose the bands if the music could have a signification with my drawing. I love the dark description of the bands, so… if it’s a rap band, i don’t feel my drawing for that (and we are 4 to draw for this place, so… we can choose what we want).
The place of the letters for the band’s names and the others indications (price, place…) !!! One time i have forget the date… oups.
Do you think you are part of a "Graphic Scene", if so who else ?
Hum in fact yes, but i don’t know if because i draw. I try to be an activist in the drawing. I have created a famous festival of fanzines in Lille (my town, but know in France), and i have created too a big community since 6 years about drawing zines (www.DIYzines.com) with more than 1100 zines of 260 self editors, i have my own silkscreen atelier… so yes i hope my name is not unknown, but my drawings are not easy to share and… to sold i don’t tell you.
A bit of self-promotion, take advantage of it, it's free, where can we see your work , on the web or in real life?
I think that my previous answers are so eloquent… i don’t want to people think that i have a big head.
Two week ago, i had my own big exhibition in brussels and i talked with a guy during 3 hours. He was very incredible, a lot of knowledges ! It was difficult to explain my drawing because he loved and hated my works in the same second. I think he was schizophren and perhaps drunk. Ahah a good experience. « why do you have write –skate or die- ? it’s because DIY or die, and there is a skull, it’s kind a private joke ! I love that but you can’t die if you make skate ! »
What can we wish you for the future?
Stop to work in a useless work and win my life with my passion to silkscreen and drawings (just a lot).