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Fearsome Feets of Art

Artists Fantich & Young, explain their communist/capitalist collaboration, shoes with bite and Darwinian Voodoo.

Interview by Lora Wiley - lora@citizenbrooklyn.com Art by Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young
Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

Citizen Brooklyn: How did the two of you start your collaboration?

Fantich & Young started collaborating in 2008 when we met in East London. We started working together because we saw more creative possibilities open to us than working individually.

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

CBK: Explain your concept of Darwinian Voodoo?

Fantich & Young create art that subverts Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution with elements of supernatural ceremonial ritual.

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

CBK: You’ve said your art parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world: Nature as model or nature as a threat. Can you give us some examples?

Our art practice relates to competition, social hierarchy, winners and losers, invaders and the invaded, persecutors and the persecuted and the grey areas in-between.

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

CBK: People have been gravitating toward the Apex Predator series for different reasons. Explain your original concept.

The work was originally created in 2010 in response to the 2008 financial crisis. The work intended to satire the bail out and whitewash of the 2008 crisis. Over time this concept got blurred as the viewers projected their own narrative on to the work. That so many diverse people connected with the work makes us smile.

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

CBK: Approximately how many teeth did you need to create this series? where did you get them from?

Many thousands, we sourced them from eBay.

CBK: Has anyone ever tried to walk in the shoes?

We wore them once; they made you feel like the tooth fairy.

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

CBK: You also created a suit out of human hair to go with the shoes. How hard was it to create?

Creativity is like a magic trick, once you know how it’s done, its no longer fun.

CBK: You are now working on another piece you’ve said would be “suitable” for Hillary Clinton. Can you describe that?

We have been working on an expanded Apex Predator series that encompasses work that is tailored specifically for the alpha female

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

CBK: How hard is it to work with someone who is both your artistic partner and your partner in life?

We thought that if we could make artwork together then married life would be easy and it is.

CBK: You’ve said you utilize your individual upbringings of contrasting social ideologies in your work. How?

Mariana was brought up in the Ukraine under the USSR communist regime and Dominic was brought up in the UK under a capitalist regime.

 

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

Art © Mariana Fantich & Dominic Young

See more of their work at: http://fantichandyoung.co.uk

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