Interview: Dusty Wright
Luca Curci talks with Dusty Wright during VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello and at Palazzo Bembo – Venice Grand Canal.
I’m a content creator from New York City. I create music, video, AR/VR, video and audio podcasts, and more. The video LONELYVILLE is very much about how we are all connected even at our loneliest. The soul of universe permeates all things, even the lone man lost in his own private world. It doesn’t matter if it’s through self-isolation or forced imprisonment.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Dusty Wright – My background was in arts and communications. I graduated with a BA from University of Akron in 1980, and moved to New York City in the fall of 1981. New York was exploding with creativity in art, music, theater, literature. Living in the East Village it would not be uncommon to attend an event and hang out with future artists like Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Robert Longo, John Lurie, Laurie Anderson, etc. Or see Andy Warhol, John Waters, etc. I was very much inspired by the freedom of so many creative people living and exhibiting in the city. It was an endless stream of inventiveness.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
DW – During Covid I started exploring music and videos about loneliness. This forced exile — self-imposed lockdowns in our apartments or homes. I write and record all of my music in my home studio in upstate New York in a sleepy little hamlet called New Concord. I also shoot all of my videos on my iPhone in and around this beautiful countryside. Occasionally, I will use my drone for more dramatic arial footage.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
DW – It is very difficult to make money as an artist today. Even worse for most musicians. When Covid hit, musicians couldn’t tour, artist galleries were locked down, etc. But there are creative ways to share one’s work with the world.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
DW – Once I complete something I’m already thinking about something I might have done differently. But most often I’m already working on my next project.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
DW – I think the more exposure one gets from group art shows and exhibits, the better. Every artist needs patrons to validate their work. Without an audience, there is no synergy with the work that has been created. Every artist needs feedback from a public audience, too. Especially when the event is live and in person. Too much of our world is digital. There is much to be gained by seeing something in person. There can be much more
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
DW – I think ITSLIQUID is offering a new way for artists to gain exposure in a very dynamic and creative manner. It’s very expansive and exciting.