I like to think he taught me everything I know about how to make the most of living in a city that can sometimes be extremely isolating and sad. I recently caught up with him after not seeing each other for a long time, and we had so much to talk about. As it turns out, he has a new show opening at Entrance Gallery on November 7th, and I got the inside scoop on him, his art, his life and how he makes the most of living in the Big Apple.
JR: What city do you most identify with?
NA: New York City, baby!!!
JR: What’s your favorite neighborhood in New York?
NA: It might sound corny, but I like Chinatown.
NA: It’s just an actual cultural hub. I like Midtown too, but in Chinatown there’s always something that sparks my imagination.
JR: Before the interview you said you were really into moths lately, what kind of moth is your favorite? NA: I really like fire moths right now.
JR: So tell me, what is your new show about?
NA: Night time, sex, life, death…
JR: How did you come up with this concept?
NA: It’s just what I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I’ve been trying to explore some classic themes to justify what I’ve been feeling. I’m really interested in paintings about night because they’ve existed in a classical sense for such a long time. Painting on canvas is really new to me and I’ve been trying to keep it traditional so I wanted to relate to classical paintings but create new ones to show what mine would look like in a historical sense.
JR: What fascinates you about night time? What would you say your favorite hours are?
NA: Midnight to 3am is just the best, the whole world shifts upside down and things that are boring during the day are exciting at night.