Artists: Richard Sanz
Title: Don’t look at me
Richard Sanzs’ work has echoes of Björk’s Crystalline, an essence of Max Headroomesque worldscapes that collide and collapse mirroring musical dissonance. Meanwhile Disney’s line is bent into a visceral Crumbian nightmare riddled with cats and boots. He likes cats because they live life on their own terms and bend the world to their wills.
Everything he does starts from a love of observing and drawing, the act of the wrist attached to the brain. Cartoons, art, films and everything of all kinds influence him. People are stranger than fiction; to abstract them making them stranger or animalistic renders them more normal, the fantastically mundane, and equally to make the fantastical seem commonplace. Matter of fact abnormality. He states:
‘I would like to think my work is a product of a curious mind, a visual rant with each image a sentence. Everything I do is grounded by drawing, it all begins with a line. Many things influence me; animators, films, trees, my cat… They are all in the videos, so if you see a recognisable influence, write it on the back of blank email to me and I will reply telling you if I like that influence on that particular day. I really am a magpie. I always want to take books, DVD’s, YouTube links, people I see on the bus, drawings and pad out my nest with them, in a very wholesome way. It gives me something to look at. I just like things that tickle my brain and my eyes, anything.’
His work is an attempt to make sense of a senseless world; a nonsensical world of desensitized people who peddle nonsense. The social world is a grotesque one. It is bloated like the drowned corpse of childhood; swollen with the toxicity of self-deception and greed, and animated, only by the flatulence of the grabbing little amygdala that ride our slowly decaying armatures. His work replaces the corporate world of depthless style with the corporeal world of grotesque realism: an asthetic of truth. But it’s not all bad! By emphasising degradation, degeneration and disintegration, his work is a material celebration of the human animal in all its abject glory – brutal, base, crude, dirty and carnal.
Experimentation is key seeing where a line can go, happy accidents, what happens if he deforms something, or uses filters for purposes they were never intended, in search of interesting results, these are filtered back and reused in his work in a controlled way. He likes interesting results, if it fails, then it’s an interesting failure. He stresses he is learning all the time.
Richard Sanz is a freelance visual artist based in Bournemouth, having studied animation at Arts University Bournemouth in 2001 his work is influenced by cartoons, mainly the violent ones. As well as drawn line art, he also makes animation making things move.
“Don’t Look At Me” is a series of black and white drawn portraits, roughly based on people the artist has made up or never met during his lifetime, they are not related to each other, the title, or anything else.