Emotions have been one of the largest influencers of art through the ages. Whether highlighting the pure terror of Francisco Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son or the intimacy and desire of Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, every emotion imaginable has been a source of inspiration for artists to create.
Emotions can be translated as human, or even environmental, a way to personify the intangible. This approach is seen in Edvard Munch’s famous work, The Scream. He explained the source of his inspiration, “I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream.”
The artist behind Lonesome Town uses these same tactics to personify discarded inanimate objects scattered around Los Angeles. Known for cartoonish embellishments on abandoned furniture, the artist gives things like old televisions and armchairs a sad, yet oddly sweet personality. More behind his creative process below:
The most striking thing about your work is that you play with sadness in a way that is incredibly cute yet incredibly emotional. Is it fair to say that sadness inspires you?
Sure…by no means am I a glutton for punishment, however sadness is such a raw emotion that when done correctly an inanimate object can take on a visceral effect.
What do you look for in an object in order to make it a “poor little thing?” Do certain objects speak to you more than others?
How did the idea of making such an Instagram account come about?
The idea came about from a black refrigerator I saw sitting on the side of the road (the first post in my account). It seemed so sad to me, so I drew it a sad face. The next day it was still there, so I gave it an outfit, and the third day, a crude party hat. And the rest is history…
Do you have any artist inspirations? Who do you look to for style guidance?
For Lonesome Town my inspiration is Haring, Basquiat, and Warhol with a splash of Wayne White.
You end each of your posts with, “it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to,” a quote by Lesley Gore. Can you tell us about your inclusion of this to each of your shares?
Any final thoughts?
Well really, I’m deeply flattered with all of the love and support I’ve received from all of those who admire what I do, it means a lot to me.