ART: SEYCHELLE ALLAH INTERVIEW (SUPERSUPER! VOL 2 #002)
Whether it’s blood-letting on his own surreal, #POPCULT creations, or blogging Simpsons porn as 50% of notorious Internet art duo ‘Space Slave Trade’, it’s fair to say that Seychelle Allah is an artist existing quite literally in a world of his own. Expect your expectations to be twisted, chewed up and spat out through the skewed canvas of Seychelle’s eye… We go deep URL to find out more.
SA: SMILEY FACE SMILEY FACE ON ME
SS: So what was the inspiration behind the ‘DISNEIDEEP’ spread you made for us? [Top image]
SA: 2011 ENTIRE ACCIDENTAL THEORIES
SA: EVERYTHING THIS YEAR IS THAT DISNEY FIST SWINGING AT THE END OF A BALL AND CHAIN
SA: SPERMHEADS CHOKED IN THE MICKEY MOUSE GLOVE
SS: What kind of vibe did you want people to get from it?
SA: I CANT EVEN SEE A PERSON FROM WHERE I AM
SA: THE FEELING IS LIKE THAT HOLLOW BREAST SHAPED COG THING EVERYBODY IS ON. ITS PICKING UP THE PHONE ON THE OTHERSIDE WITH THE OTHERNUMBER IN THE OTHERPLACE AND THE DIALTONE ETERNALLY ON SOME “IMMA NEEDLE YOUR EAR NO MATTER WHAT” STUFF
SA: AND YOURE TRYING TO KICK A HOLE IN THE CHRYSALIS BUT THE WALLS ARE MADE OUT OF CEMENTED WOLVERINE SKELETONS
SA: THE XENOWOMB
SS: That’s pretty intense. Do those kind of thoughts/themes/FEELINGS run through a lot of your work?
SA: YES HIGH SPEED ISOLATION IS A RECURRING THEME
SS: Isolation? Interesting – Is that from a personal IRL kinda angle at all?
SA: ITS IN THE FAMILY/COLUMN OF PERSONALS
SS: Along with…?
SA: PRAYERS AND TYPOS. MY BRAIN IS AT DANGEROUS LEVEL HAUNTED BY THE FANTASY OF CHOKING NICK CANNON WITH A BAG FULL OF RUBBER DUCKS.
SS: You made an appearance in [NY-based fashion designer] TELFAR’s casting video – are you a fan of fashion?
SA: I WAS SICK THAT DAY AND DID A ZYGOTE TWIST ON MY ANKLE RIGHT BEFORE. IT WAS FUN
SA: I’M INTERESTED, BUT NOT PARTICULARLY FAR BEYOND THE “EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE AND IT SHOULD BE DONE” FEELING
SS: You also worked on the visuals for DIS Magazine’s ‘Thinspiration’ art/music video… would video be something you want to break into more in the future?
SA: YES DEFINITELY, IM IN PREPRODUCTION FOR A VIDEO PROJECT IM STARTING SOON, MIXING LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATIONS – COOL WORLD SHIT.
SA: I HAVE PEOPLE IN MIND TO PARTICIPATE. SECRET PEOPLE, IMAGINARY…
SS: In addition to THAT you’re also half of the notorious online art duo Space Slave Trade – is it true that the project got started when you got kicked off Facebook for posting ‘inappropriate’ images?
SA: YEAH THATS TRUE, I DIDNT EVEN LEAVE A NOTE (RUDE)
SA: SPACE SLAVE TRADE WAS ORIGINALLY AN EMAIL THREAD AFTER I GOT FACIALED. IT TURNED INTO A BLOG AND THEN INTO A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT COLLECTIVE DUO SITUATION
SS: The Space Slave Trade blog (spaceslavetrade.com) is great – kawaii and sick and woahhh all at once.
SA: THE MAIN INTENTION OF THE BLOG WAS TO OPEN SOURCE OUR CREATIVE PROCESSES… PSYCHIC FEEDING TUBE FULL OF CAT HORMONES AND BULLET HOLES. AS A COLLABORATIVE VENTURE IT HAS A FUTURE BUT NOT AS A BLOG.
SS: With SST, and your own work, there’s a lot of pornographic/hentai content – what is it about that kind of aesthetic that you’re drawn to, as an artist?
SA: THE INVERSION OF IT GENERALLY. I SEE EVERYTHING UPSIDE DOWN BEFORE ANY RELATIONSHIP WITH CONTENT CAN BEGIN. PUTTING PILLOWCASES AT THE TIP OF EVERY FANG, AND THE SNAKE LOOKING UP GIGGLING
SA: COLLAPSIBILITY OF TERROR, BLISS AND EVERYTHING. THERES SOMETHING THERE PRESENT LIKE AN ENTIRE COLONY OF OTHERTHINGS FORMS THINGS FORMS INSIDE THE CLOBBERED SKULL OF EVERYTHING THATS FAMILIAR
SS: So out of all the pieces you’ve done to date, which of them would you say really captures that concept of inverted meaning creating a relationship with content?
SA: I MADE A PIECE CALLED ‘VO’ RECENTLY – I PASSED OUT WHEN I FINISHED IT FROM BLOODLETTING ON IT. A REAL FAREWELL 2 THE FLESH FEELING
SS: It seems like you really throw yourself into your work – do you have a really intensive kind of process?
SA: DANGEROUS LEVEL INTENSE
SA: INNER FOOTSTEPS ON CHALLENGE MODE DDR
SS: How do you typically put a piece together?
SA: HYPERSLITHER THROUGH THE INNARDS OF THE INFINITE EDGED SWORD/ CUTE FEET RIBBONED AND DOING A BALLET INSIDE THE ENGINE OF IT
SA: IT’S NAUSEATING ^_^
SA: DRINKING THE YOLK OUT OF A SMILEYFACE
SS: And finally – where do you want to go with your art in the 4utur3?
SA: THE ARCADE, WHEN I MAKE ENOUGH COINS
SA: I WANT TO DO BIGGER PROJECTS, LIKE SOMETHING STRAIGHT TO DVD & BLURAY. A CHERNOBYL REMIX
SA: MORE ED HARDY AND A PERSONAL TRAINER
SA: OR SOMEONE THAT CAN TRAIN ME TO BE A CLOUD WITH BIG EYES
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