Dominick Lombardi is one of those “real” artists. He paints using different techniques, mediums, and doesn’t cling to one set of aesthetics to define his work. He submitted work that was originally begun in 1976 (He added the final touches just a few weeks ago) while working for a artful t-shirt business that was actually a front for heroin. Once he figured out the curator was more of a dealer then an art lover, he booked out of there and continued his quest. Afterall, the city was dangerous enough in those days and there was no need for add on drama, street cred was inherent.
Dominick answered all our questions and showcases Little Orphan Annie with quite the sexy afro.
“Tattooed Annie,” 15″X12,” India ink and marker on paper, (1976 & 2006)
Tell us about how you make your art. What’s your process: Geeze. That’s lots of stuff: reverse painting on Plexiglas, mixed media wall sculptures, India ink drawings, it all stems from automatic drawings that emphasize the language of line. Then I convert those drawings into whatever I feel like doing or starting on. Subconscious stuff all the way.
Who is your Art for? For me. Plus, I like to point out how much we all have become guinea pigs in this big experiment run by powerful enterprises. We’re all screwed.
What is your Art supposed to do? Make people think about that guinea pig status, and, maybe see beauty in what is at first thought of as being hideous. Lines that look beautiful up close, can look hideous from far away. The opposite is also true.
What is your art worth? What people are willing to pay for it. That’s always the case. Some of the stuff I make now, I can’t part with. I’ve made that mistake too many times in the past.
What single work of art would you most like to destroy? I destroy and rework my own art all the time. Of someone else’s stuff – I would have to say one of Viola Frey¹s huge ceramic figures. They should be fun to crack open.
Name one crappy “Artist”: Damien Hirst now (he used to be brilliant). Now name another one: What’s her name? Elizabeth Peyton is overrated. She paints all those brooding IT boy celebs in that neo-retro-expressionist swishy swill. Stuff better suited to jazz up a gossip column maybe.
Best museum: Stadtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus, Munich. Worst museum: The Museum of The City of New York. Where’s the ballsy stuff? This in New York! There should be the art of the homeless, art the immigrant, art from the streets – graffitti! New York is defined by its streets and avenues, not the sappy and safe historic stuff.
Describe the finest moment of your artistic endeavors: When I finish a great piece, there is this fleeting moment of satisfaction. It lasts only for a few seconds though. Then you realize you have to come up with something new again, and the depression sets in.
“Tattooed Bicentennial,” 14″X13,” India ink and marker on paper, (1976 & 2006)
1. Favorite ANIMAL: The Ring Tail Lemur. I saw one 20 years ago shitting and eating at the same time and thought that was brilliant. Very efficient.
2. What gets you excited? Feed back.
3. Worst Job: Anything in a corporate atmosphere. Dream job: Besides being an artist, which isn¹t really a job I guess… Maybe directing a non-profit funding agency for artists and art groups part time.
4. Best kept secret about NYC: The Lab Gallery
5. What would you do if you found A LOT of cash in a cab? Take a bunch of friends out to dinner
6. Favorite website: ANIMALNEWYORK baby! Most embarrassing favorite website:
7. Early bird or night owl? I’m a night owl trying to live as an early bird
8. Motto, mantra, words of advice, or favorite quote: There never was a good war or a bad peace. Benjamin Franklin. Old Benjie also drank perfume so his flatulence wouldn¹t smell so bad.
9. Name your favorite ISM: Pop Surrealism.
10. If you invented a recreational drug, what would it be called? Goof balls – the second generation
11. What’s the greatest thing the internet has given mankind? Communication.
12. Who owes you something? Nobody
13. How would you run the zoo? I would dress up all the animals in blue and white jogging outfits, red sneakers, then set them free.
14. How do you kill time? Drawing or reading. fine films are good too.
15. Favorite watering hole: Where ever there is someone to buy me a drink
16. Are you looking for anyone you’ve lost contact with? (maybe we could help) Nope.
17. Do you need anything really bad? A real big studio and six more hours in the day.
18. Any tips for the kids? Don¹t pee on the third rail.
19. Shout outs: Lora and Dear
“Tattooed Landscape #7,” 30″X36,” oil on canvas (1979 & 2006)
Name: D. Dominick Lombardi
Gallery: Van Brunt Gallery