We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher M. Tandy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christopher, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
My idea of success is more about the opportunities that have manifested. There’s a crack in time before a show opens or the release of a project when the imagined becomes the reality – that moment of alchemy is success.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For as long as I can remember I’ve felt ghosts, been aware that the veils of reality as we experience it are very thin. This is what drives me – there are truths in the universe that are not learned in school, they aren’t learned by proxy. They are learned by digging into the core of our selves, into the Queer space inside us and the space surrounding us. My art is a tool to explore the unknown realms, the cycles of the universe, and ghosts. Nothing worth doing is ever easy and certainly, being an artist in not easy – especially today. I’m self-taught which I think offers a unique perspective. Much of my actual art making practice consists of exploration and as a result I work in many different disciplines. It’s been a long journey towards figuring out the work I’m guided to make, or even figuring out why I’m making it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I actually don’t live in LA but I am a California native. Usually I’m hanging out with family that live there and they’re taking me to all the spots. I always check out what’s going on at NOH/WAVE – one of the coolest spots run by the best people in the city as far as I’m concerned. Night Gallery and Thinkspace Gallery are also always on my lists. Proof Bakery is also a must.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s so many people One of my favorite humans on the planet – Evan Myer. He works with me on sound design. He’s is an incredibly talented musician and artist. My friend and gallerist, Cecilia Chia. I would not be where I am today without her support. Ramekon O’Awristers has been a champion and mentor for me in ways that I’m not sure I understand – he’s a very patient teacher. My partner and our cat. They really deserve all the credit.
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