Guillaume Levy-Lambert’s trail to art-making was once oblique, till flashes of divine intervention published his robust conceptual convictions — and a universe of cosmic siblings. Co-Founding father of The MaGMA Assortment and Singapore’s Artwork Porters Gallery, Levy-Lambert is a fixture at museums and galleries globally. At some point, he and his then-new boyfriend (now husband of twenty years) have been in Los Angeles at MOCA, testing a collection of works by way of one in every of his favourite artists, Roy Lichtenstein. When he noticed the 1962 portray Table Calendar, his global modified endlessly. The pages of the eponymous blotter have been open to Would possibly 21, 1962 — Levy-Lambert’s actual birthday. Just one date is rotated — October 26, his spouse’s birthday. Within the notes is a New York telephone quantity, which Levy-Lambert therefore procured and during which he launched into a years-long venture interviewing the strangely huge choice of folks from all over the world who upon seeing the portray felt forced to name the quantity for their very own inscrutable causes and now not figuring out what to anticipate.
However even then the portray wasn’t accomplished with him but. The preliminary synchronicity of the beginning dates left Levy-Lambert questioning about the entire people born on Would possibly 21, 1962 — about 300,000 of them it seems. He’s met a variety of them already, together with every other homosexual French Jew with a background in finance, a love of Lichtenstein, a birthday on Would possibly 21, 1962 and a liked grandmother born on October 26. And there are so very many extra like him, that now, for his and their collective sixtieth birthday, Levy-Lambert is throwing a birthday celebration for all his Cosmic Siblings. Via a web-based portal and the magic of Fb Are living and Zoom, he’s been spreading the sector, encouraging individuals who percentage the birthday and their family members to turn up on-line and if they are able to even in particular person on Saturday, Would possibly 21 to discover the glad thriller of the art-driven accident, a way of its deeper meanings and the ability of artwork to create not likely communities, or even the ability of future.
When did you first know you have been an artist?
Quite overdue in lifestyles, when a pal informed me.
Again in 2007, I used to be at the telephone with an artist pal of mine in New York Town. I shared an concept — how I deliberate to develop into my very own artwork assortment right into a medium during which to inform The Calendar Tale, the tale of the creditors.
“You’re an artist,” stated my pal. I used to be shocked, and took a couple of seconds to procedure his commentary and to reply, “Sure, you might be proper.”
This a part of the adventure culminated with Fairy Stories — choices from The MaGMA Collection, an exhibition in 2010. It traveled to Paris in 2014.
What’s your brief resolution to those that ask what your paintings is set?
Documenting divine windfall. You’ll be able to be told extra [in my TEDx Talk telling the story from the beginning] right here.
What would you be doing should you weren’t an artist?
Learning to be a rabbi or working Artwork Porters Gallery complete time.
Did you cross to artwork college? Why/Why now not?
No. I went to trade college and had two company careers, totaling 1 / 4 of a century prior to popping out as an artist.
What’s your connection to L.A.?
L.A. holds a distinct position in my middle as it’s the place Roy Lichtenstein’s Table Calendar is living. Lichtenstein created this portray for me. For a pattern of the tale you’ll be able to watch Proof, a 5 minute movie I created in 2016 for the Recent Jewish Museum in San Francisco. I’ll percentage extra on Would possibly 21, 2022 — somebody can join the worldwide video name by means of the Fb Are living tournament.
When was once your first display?
Le Secret Sacré which I introduced in 2020, I had set to work on it in 2007.
When is/was once your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or venture?
My present focal point is on a efficiency deliberate for Saturday, Would possibly 21, 2022, when I can connect to my Cosmic Siblings from all over the world. The development, created for all the ones born on Would possibly 21, 1962 might be a distinct, unifying, international artwork piece that transcends language, geography or socioeconomic standing. A venture crafted round a date in time that guarantees to deliver in combination emblem new sexagenarians.
What artist residing or useless would you maximum like to turn or paintings with?
Roy Lichtenstein! The 2010 and 2014 exhibitions of The MaGMA Assortment incorporated reproductions of Table Calendar.
Do you concentrate to tune when you paintings? If this is the case, what?
On occasion! Opera, or dance tune!
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