Curtis Kulig Interview
From what started off as addictive scrawl tagged and pasted everywhere throughout the New York and LA metropolitan areas, Curtis Kulig has turned his "Love Me" moniker into something more. We recently had a chance to catch up with New York-based Curtis just a few days after his return from a month-long artist residency at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.
Othelo Gervacio: A quick play by play from teenhood up until today (a handful of milestones)?
Curtis Kulig: Teenhood goes a little bit like this. Grew in Small town, Skated, Started going to punk shows, Got into drugs, Got into trouble, Failed high school, more trouble, jail, 18 years old moved to LA, lived there for 7 years shooting photos with my head cut off at that time started writing love me, moved to NYC and started working. Like everyone? Borrrrrring.... Too bad I didn't grow up on the Upper East going to Cotillion.
OG: What's new?
CT: Lots. Working on new projects at the moment. In Las Vegas doing an artist residency at The Cosmopolitan Hotel for 30 days. Living in a casino for 30 days is insane, making the best of it. Could get better room service in my NYC loft, but hey...Then back to NY. It's a different setting than I am use to, but I'm half way through it getting use to the Vegas life. Tennis everyday and super clubs, ya know.
OG: You've been involved in many collaborations lately, any in particular that you want to tell a story about?
CT: SMASHBOX 2013 cosmetic line!! I am working with Davis and Simon on creating lip sticks, powders, eye liners, gloss' etc Watch out girls! And guys! Its going to be sick, I'm excited!
OG: Many of the people you surround yourself with are artists as well, so I'm guessing you must have a bit of a collection. Can you describe some of your personal collection?
CT: I have a good collection. My favorites...I have a few Gonz's, a Gonz poem is a good one. I have the original anti hero bird logo by Todd Francis, so sick. I have a good digital Skullphone piece, that he's upset I scratched. Tony cox piece for sure a fav. McGinley photo. A maripol. A Shawn Mortesen. And some Van Goghs and Pollocks....
OG: Any artists/photographers work that you're into at the moment?
CT: Living? Tom Sachs is great. Chris Burden. Barbra Krueger. Nan Goldin. Baldessari. Pettibon.
CT: Don't ask me why. Just because. I am too in my own head. I heard Art Basal Miami is suuuuuper inspiring!?
OG: I've noticed you're choice of mediums have expanded. Can you talk a little about your transitions from one to the next?
CT: It started with simple canvas's. It's moved on to working with and figuring out different mediums and more importantly applications. To fabrications of neon lights, to metal work form petinas to sculptures. And lately wood and resin.
OG: You're photos document a large part your lifestyle. What inspires to shoot and capture?
CT: Just life in general. Taking that point of time and making a still image is a bit intriguing. Capturing that moment…Friends, city, and girls I guess are inspiring. I like film. I like black and white. I have years of photos and documentation. I am eventually going to come out with a book or have a big show, just haven't had time. I will always shoot, its fun, thats why everyone is photographer!!
Photographer - Lele Saveri