Interview with Jayson Keeling
December 4, 2012
The Laundromat Project commissions awesome New York City artists to make special edition prints and design merchandise. The sale of these items helps The LP bring fun, accessible, community-responsive arts programming to laundromats and other public spaces across the city. To purchase a print or tote bag, please click here.
Tell us about your LP commissioned print.
A song originally produced by rebel renaissance man, Melvin Van Peebles for his 1982 play, Waltz Of The Stork inspired my LP commission. In the end, it is Grace Jones’ interpretation of the song, “The Apple Stretching”, and her intonation of the line, “New Graffiti Old Revolutions”, that made its way into my consciousness, and later back out into the world.
What inspired you to support The Laundromat Project?
I believe in programs that impact communities from the roots up.
What’s your neighborhood?
I live in Bedford-Stuyvesant, two years ago I moved here out of necessity. Now I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Where do you do your laundry?
I do my laundry in my apartment.
What’s your favorite sound, texture or color?
What songs/albums get you going when work is hard?
Lotusflow3r – Prince
Tell It Like It Is – Nina Simone
Land 1 & 2 – Patti Smith
The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff
Fly – Yoko Ono
Marcus Garvey / Garvey’s Ghost – Burning Spear
What’s your favorite word?
What are you working on now?
Working like a slave to become a master.
What’s your favorite thing about printmaking?
Being introduced to expansive possibilities by a master.
Any current or upcoming show/performance you want to recommend?
Bigger Than Shadows
Curated by Rich Blint and Ian Cofre
Closing: December 22, 2012
Caribe Now: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Diaspora
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado
Closing: January 18, 2013 (reservations required for viewing)