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Series "Advice to the Young": Fred Tomaselli

“You might as well be true to what you want to do and not turn art into another day job.” Watch Fred Tomaselli, a master of psychedelic artwork, advise artists to create their own art world instead of waiting for the established art scene to discover them.

Don’t expect any material awards for what you do, and don’t try to adapt to a surrounding trend: “If you’re doing something counter to the zeitgeist, that’s probably a good idea – you’re probably on the right path. If you’re doing what everybody else is doing – so what?”

Fred Tomaselli (b. 1956) is an American artist. His paintings include medical herbs, prescription pills and hallucinogenic plants alongside clips from books and magazines, creating a collage suspended in gleaming layers of clear, polished, hard resin. Tomaselli has held solo exhibitions at venues such as James Cohan Gallery and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, White Cube in London, Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Site Santa Fee in New Mexico and Albright-Knox Gallery of Art in Buffalo, New York. His work can be found in the public collections of prominent venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Fred Tomaselli was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at his studio in New York City in November 2014.

Produced by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark), “Advice to the Young” is a series of video interviews to prominent artists, who have strong and diverse thoughts on what constitutes insightful advice to young artists.

Courtesy of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art