All images courtesy of The Standard
September 20, 2010
Hotels these days aren’t only a place to rest your head at night. What with the plethora of hot hotel bars, it’s became quite the adult playground for the waking hours and we’re not just talking about behind closed doors. Enter a new twist: The Standard is out to add a dose of culture as well. The Standard Shop has been smartly curating some well-designed picks and specially commissioned pieces with notables like Yoshitomo Nara through its ongoing artist series. Next up? Australian artist Anthony Lister whose work plays with mixed media with an irreverent daub on comic book art. We caught up with the young artist for his latest project with the Andre Balazs-owned hotel chain.
FABRIC: You’re located in Australia now, but you lived in New York before. Do you miss the city at all?
ANTHONY LISTER: Totally. but I miss a lot of things. it’s funny that the things you miss the most are the ones you pay no attention to when you had the chance.
Do think NYC has changed since you left?
It just keeps getting better.
It’s nice to have a piece of your work at the The Standard Shop NYC though. How did the collaboration come about?
Well Tony A. and I have been buddies for a while and he was just like, do you want to make some small things to hang in the store, and I was like sure. I know that if Tony is involved it’s tight so I just did it.
What do you think of selling your work in a shop versus a gallery or art fair?
It’s not about the selling for me, it’s about showing and enjoying the company of friends that are supportive and having fun with the situation.
Your work often has a comic book bent to it. Is that intentional?
Everything in my work is intentional.
We like the masks (and we heard they already sold out!) and we like how you used mixed media. Do you have a favorite medium currently?
All wet mediums are good. I like working with video a lot these days.
What are you up to now? What do you have coming up?
I am heading to London next week to build a new print with pictures on walls, then I go to Australia to contribute in a museum show at the National Gallery of Australia, then I have a solo show in Sydney, then Miami I guess.
The artist Anthony Lister at The Standard Shop NYC
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