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Hugo Montoya

You Win, 2015

RAMOS: hi Hugo

 

thank you for joining me

 

MONTOYA: :)

 

RAMOS: where in the world are you today?

 

MONTOYA: Bed study do or die...

 

 

 

 

MONTOYA: Your just in time for dessert

 

RAMOS: perfect

 

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?

 

MONTOYA: Lol

 

I have no idea how it works for me

 

nobody ever buys my work...

 

RAMOS: :)

 

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?

 

MONTOYA:

 

 

 

 

RAMOS: is that you right now?

 

MONTOYA: 2016

 

???

 

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

 

very strange

 

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?

 

MONTOYA:

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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

 

I'm arting

 

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

 

Lol

 

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?

 

MONTOYA: Both

 

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"?

 

MONTOYA: No

 

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

 

MONTOYA: Yup

 

RAMOS: so then as an artist... you are leading by example

 

MONTOYA: I don't recommend this type of happiness for anyone...

 

Lol