Interview with Jayson Keeling

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)

Check out Jayson’s special edition print on the Shop page.