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You Win, 2015
RAMOS: hi Hugo
thank you for joining me
RAMOS: where in the world are you today?
MONTOYA: Bed study do or die...
MONTOYA: Your just in time for dessert
you are on a mini world tour right?
San Fran, Big Sur, Mexico City, NY again, and then Hong Kong?
what's that all about?
MONTOYA: I work vacation a lot
I also treat all my travels like an ongoing artist residency...
I work for a galley out of NY and I travel with them working at all the art fairs they attend...
RAMOS: there a so many art fairs a year... i'm sure it gets close to a full time gig - do you think that's the main source of income for galleries today?
MONTOYA: Art fairs can be a hit or miss
A lot of money goes into participating
RAMOS: an investment
it's all risk in the gallery world ... the space, the artist they choose, the art fairs... none of it has a systematic return
maybe if they have a strong collector pipeline that creates a demand... would you say that's common?
MONTOYA: There is def some risk involved
RAMOS: are you represented by a gallery?
MONTOYA: I work with a few galleries
RAMOS: how does that work? who gets to sell you work?
is it per exhibit and nobody sort of owns you?
I have no idea how it works for me
nobody ever buys my work...
let's talk about your work
MONTOYA: But I try my hardest not to make that type of work...
RAMOS: what do you mean by "that type of work"
work that's sold?
RAMOS: is that you right now?
RAMOS: that's you in the future?
MONTOYA: This is the newest trend
RAMOS: the selfie?
MONTOYA: Little furry things on hats
RAMOS: ahh.. really
MONTOYA: Selfies have been around since cameras were invented
RAMOS: yes... well that was a joke
so your work... does it have anything to do with exposing these funny or ridiculous trends?
RAMOS: dang... i am really out of the loop
MONTOYA: Possibly exposing how ridiculous arting can be
RAMOS: i'm not sure i understand
how does the ridiculous hat reflect art?
MONTOYA: Oh the hat has nothing to do with art
But you never know
RAMOS: is it arting because you are an artist and you are producing it?
MONTOYA: I arted
We will art
RAMOS: i think i am starting to get it
MONTOYA: I I've been using arting for a few years now
RAMOS: you seem to have two sets of work that are very different
there are these selfies, montage, meme typologies
and then these sculptures
RAMOS: which seem to be in a gallery setting
tell me about those
MONTOYA: A lot of people just think I'm a Facebook artist
RAMOS: i've never heard of that.. but it makes sense... i like the idea of being a YouTube artist
and maybe capitalizing on advertising
MONTOYA: I like using the Internet to express myself
RAMOS: it is a source for potential exponential exposure
i think more artist should be analyzing this
so why do you make the sculptures?
MONTOYA: Everyday I struggle with the idea
Why do I wanna be an artist
Am I an artist
What kind of artist am I
What kind of artist don't I want to be
But everyday I have a million thoughts of the things I wanna make
RAMOS: how do you want to be of service to the world?
MONTOYA: The world is falling apart right before my very eyes at a rate which is beyond alarming...
RAMOS: is there anything you can do about it?
MONTOYA: One mans dreams is another mans oppression
RAMOS: so no
MONTOYA: Unfortunately not
The only thing I can do is find ways to cope...
And even by doing that I'm part of a bigger problem
RAMOS: yes.. the numbing problem
MONTOYA: As I'm making things I always find Myself questioning my own existence
Cause living itself is an art form
RAMOS: you never said anything about the sculpture - how do these take part in your questioning process?
MONTOYA: I was getting there
Because they are Ideas
And they help me problem solve
RAMOS: are the internal problems or external problems?
RAMOS: are they applicable once the solution has been discovered?
MONTOYA: I'm not sure there is a solution and if there is its very grim...
RAMOS: have you heard of the saying: "if I am not the problem there is no solution"?
RAMOS: now you have... what do you think about it?
MONTOYA: But we are the problem
We always have been
Making things makes me happy
Making myself laugh gets me through life
RAMOS: would you agree then that the solution is an inside job ... that is if everyone worked on being happy
perhaps we wouldn't be going so fast down the spiral
RAMOS: so then as an artist... you are leading by example
MONTOYA: I don't recommend this type of happiness for anyone...