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GIL KUNO IS ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE OF SOUND AND VISION. HIS LIVE PERFORMANCES ARE SOUGHT AFTER BY THE LIKES OF THE HAMMER MUSEUM, FRINGE FESTIVAL NYC, NK PROJECTS IN BERLIN AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.  KUNO WANTS TO INDUCE EXAGGERATED PERCEPTION, DERAILED REALITY AND RE-ENVISION EVERYDAY EXPERIENCES.  SEE MORE OF HIS WORK @ HIS AMAZING WEBSITE UNSOUND.COM

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What are you currently reading/thinking about/watching/listening to/etc.?

I attended 4 music festivals in the past two months, and enjoyed the following artists:
Nissennenmondai, Beardyman, C2C, 2manydjs, Amon Tobin, BadBadNotGood, Dope Body, Scalpel, Skindred, DJ Yoda, Sexy Sushi, Buke and Gase, Fire!, fresh!, Fucked Up, Eric Copeland, The Pop Group, Hokei, Cristian Vogel, Hard Ton, Furfriend, Monolake.

Who are you favorite artists of all time?  

Juzo Itami – film director
I saw his film “Tampopo” when I was young and felt it had a very good balance between avant garde and pop. I try to gauge my works against this film to see if there is a similar balance.
Favorite movements: Gutai, Butoh, Fluxus.
Favorite musicians: Steve Albini, Mick Karn, YMO.

Who are you looking at now?

I feel the following artists have much potential: Keiji Izumi, Takahiro Iwasaki, Momoko Seto, Tom LaDuke.

What is your creative process?  How do your ideas take shape?

Some of the most ordinary things can sometimes inspire me. I try to analyze what exactly it is
that draws my attention to it, and try to amplify the inspirational essence into a piece.

Describe the art scene in L.A.

LA galleries are much more adventurous. Since property is less expensive, they don't have to turn a profit with every exhibit. I often see much more daring artworks exhibited in LA.

What was getting your MFA at UCLA like? Who did you study with?

UCLA encourages cross pollination of different disciplines allowing for me to work with faculty from all over campus. For example I was able to work with nano scientist Jim Gimzewski, theater director Peter Sellars, contemporary artist Barbara Kruger, computer graphics guru Casey Reas, video artist Jennifer Steinkamp, media artist Victoria Vesna, etc.

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You come from an artist family. Tell us about that.

My father is an architect (his siblings are all either architects or painters,) my great grandmother was one of the first art students at UCLA from back in the 1920s. She had a solo show at LACMA and her paintings are still traded at art auctions. My aunt is a conductor, and 4 of my cousins are musicians (3 of which are drummers.)

Why do you think the role of the artist is important in today’s world?

They are able to break down paradigms and exemplify new avenues of expression.

What has been the coolest experience of your art career yet?

When half a million people came through Roppongi Art Night where I exhibited “The Antmaster.”

What does your dream career look like? Are you living it now?

I feel that any occupation where you are sought after for something only you can do is a dream career. I feel lucky to be living it.

What advice do you have for a young artist trying to get their work out there?

Be ruthless in applying to festivals, finding residencies, seeking out curators, but know your market. Don't waste your (and their) time by directing your art to someone/somewhere that won't appreciate your work.

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