Posted on May 11 2016
An Interview with Indyana Jones
Indyana Jones is an artist born and raised in New York City. His work is a unique combination of satire and radical political commentary and is represented in a cartoonist stylization. Although perhaps somewhat controversial, Jones’ art serves its purpose as a voice for society’s often unspoken truths. Indyana’s art is truly penetrating and leaves its viewer in retrospective awe.
Q: Who are you and what do you do?
IJ: My name is Indyana Jones, some people call me Jones the Savage, though I don't know why. I think it has something to do with Instagram. I make gross and ridiculous political artwork, inspired by un-inspiring public figures and so-called "public servants." On the rare occasion that I'm in a good mood politically, I find myself roused to champion the good people supporting Bernie Sanders, and their call for a political revolution.
Q: Your art is very topical, and focused on your viewpoints of the political landscape of America. What role does the artist have in society?
IJ: Active and informed participation is the key requirement for anyone interested in shaping the communities in which they live. This is true regardless of who you are, or what you do.
At the end of the day, I'm just a person who also happens to make art. And that's just one of the ways in which I participate. I'd like to encourage others to participate as well.
Q: What's your process for creating your art?
IJ: It's a circus out there, and I'm infuriated often. When that happens, I usually try to find a way to express that infuriation on paper. It's my way of participating in the conversation. There's plenty of fuel for a fire.
Q: What's your background?
IJ: I was born in New York City, and I grew up there. In the mid-2000's I moved across the country to go to art school. After two months, I dropped out. And then I studied politics. I also like old music. Really old music.
Q: What is your opinion of what makes an artist GREAT?
IJ: There's a whole universe of great artists out there. I assume it's been that way for as long as artists have been making art. But I don't care about that. Right now, all I care about is telling the truth and doing the right thing. We've got real problems in our society and the time to address them is now.
Q: How has your practice changed over time?
IJ: I've been an art-maker for many years, and over time, my artwork has undergone many transformations. Believe it or not, the sorts of images I am making today are not inherent in me. I believe they're a product of the times. Our social and political reality has deteriorated drastically over the years. My artwork today is only a reflection of that.
Q: What art do you most identify with?
IJ: Visually, conceptually, and musically, I'm inspired by many people. If you're interested in who is moving me right now, here's a random, grossly-incomplete list:
Aldous Huxley, Guy Debord, Egon Schiele, Leftover Crack, Porous Walker, Melodie Perrault, Eric Kenney, m_lottie, The Kessinger Brothers, Zardulu.
Q: What's your favorite art work?
IJ: My favorite artwork? That's a ridiculous question. Today, my favorite artwork is this:
Tomorrow is another day.
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