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Gary Sweeney Interviews Jesse Amado

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Amado and Sweeney amongst Amado’s “Anti-depressants” series


What advice would you give to someone just getting their MFA?

Be patient, if you’re in it for the long haul. If not, be suspicious of too much attention.  

Art Basel happened last week. How do you feel about the current state of bizarre, money-driven, art-as-commodity trade shows? How do you think it arrived at this point?

The majority of participating galleries are from art centers, which have a lot of money to spend and earn. Celebrities, fashionistas and parties move it along. But that’s OK; I like to shop.  

You divide your time between San Antonio and New York City. It’s not hard to see the difference between the two cities, but how are you different when you’re in New York?

I’m anonymous. And I dress better.  

Does making artwork come easy for you, or do you agonize over the creative process?

I try not to make it look too easy. Have you noticed how Tony Parker makes it look so easy?  

Your artwork seems to contain a big dose of mystery. How important is it that the viewer “gets” your art?

If someone does get it, then they’ve gotten the allure of the ambiguous.

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