Franklin Evans creates painting installations with the artist's studio as his subject. Since 2005, he has had twenty solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe and numerous group exhibitions at venues, which include, among others: MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. He will create a new site-specific installation spreadsheetspace at Prosjektrom Normanns in Stavanger, Norway in September and a collaborative installation shelflife with artist Kate Gilmore at Art Production Fund/Cosmopolitan Hotel P3 Studio in Las Vegas in December.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Around 10 AM Day 1 – Bandols before 5 and 247 paint brushes
After 5 PM Day 1 – studio A/C
AFAP – digitally printed gingham wallpaper throughout the loft
What is your current state of mind?
After 5 PM Day 1 – a surprising mental tilt
Around 10 AM Day 2 – an under-caffeinated yearning for focus
AFAP – a fixation on the myriad interplays between memory and perception
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Around 10 AM Day 1 – apologetic micromanaging
After 5 PM Day 1 – my uncontrollable penchant to over-explain
AFAP – flagrant appropriation
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
After 5 PM Day 1 – a lack of curiosity
Around 10 AM Day 2 – an absence of drive AFAP – flagrant appropriation
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Around 10 AM Day 1 – honestly, honesty
After 5 PM Day 1 – virtues may be overrated AFAP – auratic juxtapositions of artwork and knock-offs
What is your favorite occupation?
After 5 PM Day 1 – making stuff, painting, exploring materially and thinking
Around 10 AM Day 2 – eating
AFAP – assistant editor of Artforum
What is your most marked characteristic?
Around 10 AM Day 1 – lately my eternal innocence
After 5 PM Day 1 – unfortunately my resting scowl; popularly, my RBF
AFAP – campy abjection
What do you most value in your friends?
After 5 PM Day 1 – open ears and wallets
Around 10 AM Day 2 – passion, intellect, and determination
AFAP – handmade reproductions of their family heirlooms
When and where were you happiest?
Around 10 AM Day 1 - now, today
After 5 PM Day 1 – in the interminable life loop
AFAP – Inside the White Cube in London
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
After 5 PM Day 1 – gravity's apparent power
Around 10 AM Day 2 – its general asymmetry
AFAP – my resemblance to people’s art, all metastasizing into a preternaturally photogenic fever-dream cosmology
Which living person do you most despise?
Around 10 AM Day 1 – Putin and all homophobes, misogynists, racists
After 5 PM Day 1 – impossible to select just one
AFAP – an unnamed transactional choreographer, intimately dipping and reaching among bodies
On what occasion do you lie?
After 5 PM Day 1 – visits home
Around 10 AM Day 2 – whenever necessary, although usually not as well as I should
AFAP – when the distinctions between the actual and the constructed are surreptitious and trompe l’oeil pranks abound
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Around 10 AM Day 1 – easy one: my life love PDY and art
After 5 PM Day 1 – PDY and art
AFAP – Schwitters's Merzbau
Which talent would you most like to have?
After 5 PM Day 1 – a photographic memory
Around 10 AM Day 2 – fluency in all major languages
AFAP – iconic thievery
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Around 10 AM Day 1 – an ability to occasionally rest my overdrive
After 5 PM Day 1 – my limited vocal range
AFAP – my messy sentimental endgame investigations
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
After 5 PM Day 1 – nothing, THEY ARE PERFECT!!!! Thanksgiving is a f #!&ing dream!
Around 10 AM Day 2 – the non-liberal leanings of some family members
AFAP – its formation through coveted commodities
What is your most treasured possession?
Around 10 AM Day 1 - my studio
After 5 PM Day 1 – my studio! A
FAP – my handcrafted wicker baskets collection
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
After 5 PM Day 1 – meaningless competition surrounding the peddling of paintings
Around 10 AM Day 2 – how can my idea of misery compare with the experiences shared daily on NPR?
AFAP – secret cavities built into gallery ground-level spaces
Who are your favorite writers?
Around 10 AM Day 1 – Faulkner, Borges, Proust, Tolstoy, Rushdie, Richard Yates, among others
After 5 PM Day 1 – Faulkner, Richard Yates, DeLillo, Borges
AFAP – cunning substitutes
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
After 5 PM Day 1 – A conflation of Lady Macbeth and King Richard III
Around 10 AM Day 2 – Hero’s Leander
AFAP – the haptic mnemonic
Who are your heroes in real life?
Around 10 AM Day 1 - Matisse, possibly
After 5 PM Day 1 – in descending order Matisse, Duchamp, Rauschenberg, Warhol
AFAP – Classic pickpockets
What are your favorite names?
After 5 PM Day 1 – Nina and Simone are both lovely
Around 10 AM Day 2 – Tino, Marina, Rirkrit, and Colette
AFAP – John, Carpenter, Leonard, and Cohen
What is it that you most dislike?
Around 10 AM Day 1 – the wealth gap
After 5 PM Day 1 – waking and not waking
AFAP – the tendency to revel in trouvailles
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
After 5 PM Day 1 – adapting to life in New York
Around 10 AM Day 2 – sustaining a daily studio practice
AFAP – my skillful toggling between materiality and immateriality
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Around 10 AM Day 1 - a sprig of chervil
After 5 PM Day 1 – an eagle, hawk, or cardinal
AFAP – an underripe tomato
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
After 5 PM Day 1 – a Duchamp-like force
Around 10 AM Day 2 – perhaps a Picasso model or a Richard Prince appropriation
AFAP – an overripe orange
Where would you like to live?
Around 10 AM Day 1 – very near The Metropolitan Museum
After 5 PM Day 1 – Gore Vidal's villa on the Amalfi Coast
AFAP – Luxembourg
How would you like to die?
After 5 PM Day 1 – slowly enough to read my own obituary
Around 10 AM Day 2 – with permanent youth
AFAP – In a Rocking Chair
What is your greatest regret?
Around 10 AM Day 1 – too many missed sexual and intellectual opportunities when young
After 5 PM Day 1 – not escaping Reno, Nevada earlier
AFAP – My fixation on the myriad interplays between desire and presence, memory and perception, and, more broadly, the virtual and the real
What is your motto?
After 5 PM Day 1 – hmmmmmm Around 10 AM Day 2 – process about process RSAP – Paint up a storm
Note 1: I answered every even-numbered question first around 10 AM, Day 1 and again after 5 PM, Day 1. I answered every odd-numbered question first after 5 PM, Day 1 and again around 10 AM, Day 2.
Note 2: Between Day 1 and Day 2, I read a summer 2015 Artforum discussion by Annie Godfrey Larmon (assistant editor of Artforum) of artist Alex Da Corte and appropriated language from Ms. Larmon’s piece to give a third answer to each question (excluding the last question). I use the AFAP to mark these appropriations.
Note 3: For the last question I appropriated text from Roberta Smith's review of the Albert Oehlen exhibition at New Museum (New York Times, June 11, 2015). I use the term RSAP to mark this appropriation.
Mr. Rubenstein is a painter, story teller, and smart culture aficionado.