Alanna Airitam answers James Lipton’s 10 questions

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Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. The conversations always end with his famous list of ten questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same ten questions to gain insight into their personalities and their work. This week, Alanna Airitam answers James Lipton’s Top Ten!

1. What is your favorite word? 

“Yes.” 

2. What is your least favorite word? 

“I can’t.” 

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 

Knowing that I have a choice to create my own experience in this life. I’ve created a belief system for myself that allows me to dream as big as I want and believe it is all very possible. We only have this one life to live. What else is there to do except to burn as bright as possible and try to ignite a fire in others along the way? It’s my responsibility to see beyond my perceived limitations and continue to push myself to be the best version of me that I can be. It’s hard work and if theres any consistency to it at all, it’s that it is constantly scary as fuck. It’s humbling as fuck. I never know what I’m doing and only have a vague idea of where I’m going. But the alternative to give up is much, much scarier to me. And the reward is always bigger and brighter than I ever thought possible and gives me the capacity to love more deeply, see more clearly, and experience more fully. I will always be on this path. I will succeed sometimes and fail at others, but I’ll always get back up and do it again. Because that’s what life is about.

4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? 

Blaming, complaining and dwelling on limitations. I meditate daily as a practice so I can be aware of my own limiting beliefs, pains, and fears. I try my best to bust through these things because they hold me back from being the person I want to be, or having the experience I want to have in this life. I figure I only get this one life, I don’t have the luxury to spend most of it blaming others for not being where I want to be, dwelling on that, and then complaining about it –not when I know I haven’t done everything within my power to create what I want. I can’t be lazy and then complain about not being successful. I can’t live in fear and then complain about not being seen or heard. I can’t point the blame outside of myself if I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing. Doing this kills everything in me. It makes me not be able to see possibility anymore. I can longer see the magic around me and my potential. I lose sight of who I am. And that leads to despair, depression, and death.

5. What sound or noise do you love? 

Music. I love all kinds of music, but recently have been listening to music without lyrics or lyrics in other languages that I don’t understand so the words become a part of the music. Currently, I’ve been playing a lot of Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté. The right music is incredible powerful and transformative. I can indulge or shift my moods with music. Along with drawing on cave walls, it’s one of the earliest forms of expression we have. How can something so ancient not be healing and magical?

6. What sound or noise do you hate? 

Leaf blowers. They are loud and obnoxious and pointless. And it seems like the people who use them need to use them first thing in the morning.

7. What is your favorite curse word? 

Fuck. Is there a more perfect word? I believe it is the most intelligent word in the english language because it’s just so fucking versatile. It’s not inherently synonymous with any gender and so can be used fluidly without it being tied back to an underhanded insult to women (like so many curse words are). And I love how it can be added to other words for even greater effect such as, “I can’t believe that fuckweasel was voted into office.”

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 

I can only choose one? There are so many things I want to experience though! I always thought it would be cool to be a sociologist or an anthropologist because I’ve always been interested in how people relate to each other. I’m extremely fascinated with humans as a species and why we do the things we do. I want to understand what conscious and unconscious parts of ourselves drive us forward or hold us back from reaching our full potential. I think I’d want to specifically focus on the study of fear and love as cultural and individual motivations. 

9. What profession would you not like to do?

I would not want to be a leaf blower person, a politician, or anything where I have to sit at a computer in a cubical all day.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

God: “Welcome back! haha for a minute, I wasn’t sure you were going to make it. LOL. We took bets and I’m telling’ ya… it was close. Now I’ve gotta go collect from Tupac. Come on in! Prince is about to perform and we’ve all been waiting.”

How do you see me? is on view through October 27, 2018.

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Bettina von Zwehl answers James Lipton’s 10 questions

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Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. The conversations always end with his famous list of ten questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same ten questions to gain insight into their personalities and their work. This week, Bettina von Zwehl answers James Lipton’s Top Ten!

1. What is your favorite word?

Melancholia

2. What is your least favorite word?

Brexit

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Museums

4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Art Fairs

5. What sound or noise do you love?

Purring

6. What sound or noise do you hate?

Football and Tennis on TV

7. What is your favorite curse word?

Scheisse

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Psychoanalyst

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Parking warden

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Coffee??

Bettina von Zwehl: Portraits runs through December 30, 2017.
See the entire exhibition on our website here.

Liat Elbling answers James Lipton’s 10 Questions

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Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. The conversations always end with his famous list of ten questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same ten questions to gain insight into their personalities and work. This week Liat Elbling answers James Lipton’s Top Ten!

1. What is your favorite word?

Free

2. What is your least favorite word?

Disappointment

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

sun, love, yoga, music, cats

4. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

crises, pressure, constraints, fanatics

5. What sound or noise do you love?

receiving a text message

6. What sound or noise do you hate?

ambulance, car accident

7. What is your favorite curse word?

Kus Emek (Arabic)

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

carpenter

9. What profession would you not like to do?

accountant

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Hello dear, it all was a dream, this is real life…

Proposals for Disorder runs through October 28, 2017.
See the entire exhibition on our website here

Targeted artists answer James Lipton’s Ten Questions

 


Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. He ends his interviews with a famous list of ten questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same ten questions to gain insight into their personalities and work. This week, Omar Imam, Garrett O. Hansen, and Colleen Plumb answer James Lipton’s Top Ten!

  1. What is your favorite word?

Omar: Bianca ( my daughter)
Garrett: Azafata
Colleen: Waterfall

2.      What is your least favorite word?

O: Stereotype
G: Committee
C: Sick

3.      What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

O: Contradictions around me, and the ability to mix them all 
G: Quiet
C: Music, friends, nature

4.      What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

O: Repetition
G: Theory
C: Worry

5.      What sound or noise do you love?

O: Rain
G: Rain falling on the roof of a cabin
C: The sound of breeze from inside a grove of aspen trees

6.      What sound or noise do you hate?

O: Clock ticking
G: The noise Outlook makes when a new email arrives
C: Lawn mowers

7.      What is your favorite curse word?

O: Arssa (Arabic)
G: 
Scheisse (German)
C: Fucking Bullshit

8.      What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

O: Psychologist
G: Woodworker
C: Vet

9.      What profession would you not like to do?

O: Politician
G: White House Press Secretary
C: Financial anything

10.   If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

O: Syrian passport is welcome
G: 
It’s good to see you again.
C: Hi


Targeted runs through September 1, 2017.
See the entire exhibition on our website here. 

Laurent Millet answers James Lipton’s Top Ten

Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. He ends these conversations with a list of his Top 10 Questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same 10 questions to gain insight into their personalities and work!

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Petite Machine Littorale du 13 octobre II, 1997 © Laurent Millet

This week, Laurent Millet answers James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions!

1.     What is your favorite word?
Liberty

2.     What is your least favorite word?
none

3.     What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Being on my own

4.     What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Not being on my own

5.     What sound or noise do you love?
Sheep’s bells

6.     What sound or noise do you hate?
Chalk on the black board

7.     What is your favorite curse word?
Bordel de merde (rough translation “for crying out loud”)

8.     What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Surf Bum

9.     What profession would you not like to do?
All except artist or surf bum

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
At last!

See Somnium, Laurent’s first solo show in Chicago, through April 29, 2017.

Serge Najjar Answers James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions

Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. He ends his interviews with his list of Top 10 Questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same 10 questions to gain insight into their personalities and work!

This week, Serge Najjar answers James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions!

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Galaxy, 2016
  1. What is your favorite word? Resilience
  1. What is your least favorite word? Impossible
  1. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Light
  1. What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Aggressiveness
  1. What sound or noise do you love? Laughter (good)
  1. What sound or noise do you hate? Laughter (bad)
  1. What is your favorite curse word? Va voir si je suis ailleurs (rough translation “Get lost”)
  1. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Professional ice cream taster
  1. What profession would you not like to do? Anything related to politics
  1. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? You made my day

You can see all of Serge’s work on our website or stop by the gallery to see his solo show on view through February 25, 2017!

Clarissa Bonet Answers James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions

Have you watched Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton? In this popular TV show, James Lipton interviews legendary guests. He ends his interviews with his list of Top 10 Questions. Over the years, CEG has asked our artists these same 10 questions to gain insight into their personalities and work!

This week, Clarissa Bonet answers James Lipton’s Top 10 Questions!

Proximity, 2014
Proximity, 2014

1.  What is your favorite word? Observation

2.  What is your least favorite word? Hopeless

3.  What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Light

4.  What turns you off creatively, spiritually or emotionally? Confrontation and aggression

5.  What sound or noise do you love? The cacophony of different sounds in the city center; it sounds like muted chaos.

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6.   What sound or noise do you hate? SCREAMING!

7.   What is your favorite curse word? cluster-f–k

8.  What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Window Display Artist

9.   What profession would you not like to do? Truck driver. I can’t imagine maneuvering in such a large object, especially in a congested place like the city.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Come on in, relax and have a drink.

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SL.2016.0610 NYC, 2016

You can see all of Clarissa’s work on our website or stop by the gallery to see her solo show on view through October 29, 2016!