Who Am I ?
July /August 2012
1: Who am I?
If you can imagine what it would be like if Kenneth Anger, Jeff Spicoli, and the Son of Sam Killer received a baby left on their door step, which they managed to raise through a feature length sequence of ensuing hijinx and self-betterment montages; I would be that resulting baby (as long as that baby makes art and once had a brief vegan phase). I am Tubby Lambergini, a visual artist located in Brooklyn, NY.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
Most of my works are 2-D pieces done in oil paint and various drawing mediums. Recently I started working on a series of drawings on vellum, a material I love for the way it captures various materials in a beautifully half toned mark. I am presently working on pieces that combine mythology and celebrity couples. Although currently I am taking the route of inventing my own couple pairings with works such as “Amy Winehouse and Howard Hughes Save Christmas,” or illustrations of the epic poem “Nibelungelied,” but replacing the doomed couple of Siegfried and Kriemhild with Anderson Cooper and Julie Brown.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I am originally from Providence, RI (if you don’t count my conception and birth in Attleboro MA, but I only lived there for 2 years during which I was too much of a stupid baby to remember). If I ever stop being such a weenie and get over that whole “New York City is the only place I know” thing (which I think is really just an excuse to put off getting my drivers license renewed), then I might take advantage of my European Union citizenship one day and move overseas (British father, Bitches!).
4: Who is your biggest hero?
For me this is a really tough toss up between Russ Meyer, Rick Ocasek, Mink Stole, Lux Interior, Richard Simmons, any of the Manson Family Women, Ian Curtis, and Leland Palmer.
5: What book is your bible?
Cruel Sacrifice by Aphrodite Jones.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
Los Angeles and Peeps apply to both of these questions at the same time.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To shed light on how actually funny and creepy teen heart throbs are, to contribute towards bringing back a stronger place for works on paper in the fine art world, and to hopefully be able to tell people at some point that Phil Spector once pulled a gun on me.
8: What is your favorite color?
Color Me Badd.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
The Crypt Keeper
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
That’s a tough one. Ten years ago I would’ve said Happy Endings or Beauty Bar without batting an eyelash, but living in this post-Bloomberg and Sex in the City era, my local bodega seems to be the hottest place I know of (drinks are way cheaper there and I encounter d-bags less frequently).
11: What turns you on?
Everything about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az-sD2zsePg.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Where’s the beef? Duh.
T.B. Lambergini is a Brooklyn, NY based visual artist who makes 2-D works in the mediums of oil painting and drawing. These works explore my crippling fears and somewhat pathological obsessions with various aspects of American culture. This is done through the language of juxtaposing incongruous elements: myths illustrated through the point of view of Hollywood couples, portraiture with unnecessary product placement, celebrities mashed up in the context of petty criminal activity. All of this is done to shed light on various images of media consumption through a humorous filter in order to better understand my relationship with these images and how he is affected by them.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Ceara Maria Burns
Photography by Ray Olivares
Design by Jillian Mercado
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T.B. Lambergini, “Drunk”, 2011, Photography by Ray Olivares