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Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd brings 'Art, Activism and the Ocean' to MontereyBy MARC CABRERA Herald Staff Writer Posted: 12/13/2011 01:29:37 AM PSTUpdated: 12/13/2011 03:47:41 PM PST
Once upon a time, Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd had his sights set on a career in oceanography.
"I grew up surfing, and even before I surfed, I had a fascination with the ocean," said the 35-year-old musician/artist, who dreamed of attending Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
"I became much more fascinated with art and the artistic process," Boyd said. "I started painting and that sort of stuff and I got a little distracted toward my lofty goals of oceanography as a kid."
Boyd visits the Museum of Monterey on Thursday for the presentation "Art, Activism and the Ocean."
All pre-sale tickets are sold out, but limited space is available for museum members. For membership information, call 372-2608 or see www.MuseumofMonterey.org.
His work is on display as part of the Museum's "Flows to the Bay" exhibit. It includes a piece of a large mural Boyd created with the Hurley surf company, as well as sketches and prints from the project.
He teamed with Hurley to draw attention to the detrimental effects of plastic bottle water pollution. Boyd said the film "Tapped" about the multi-billion dollar bottled water industry was a particular eye-opener.
"I was alarmed by the plastic flowing around in the worlds gyres, especially in the Pacific gyre," said Boyd, referring to the giant garbage patch that has developed in a vortex in the North Pacific Ocean. "I started seeing images in my head, and when I see images in my head, it comes out in two-dimensional, almost child-like images." Boyd will present a video documenting his work with Hurley. A film crew captured Boyd and a group of friends creating the piece in the company's large art space.
The artist said he was a little embarrassed that he has not seen the Monterey exhibit, but he is looking forward to his visit.
"I'm very excited to come to Monterey not only to see the exhibit but also to be amongst people whose care for the ocean is as high as it seems to be," said Boyd. "It seems as if Monterey is a very cool atmosphere."
Bringing awareness to sustainability efforts has lessened any anxiety over being taken seriously in the visual arts world.
"I feel like I am just doing my civic duty, to be a responsible steward of our planet," said Boyd. "I always said to myself, if I have the platform, I would do my best to help raise people's awareness to what I consider important things, and I really think this is an important thing, this idea of sustainability."
With multi-platinum selling albums and worldwide tours, Boyd's commercial success as a musician is evident. Boyd said his alternate career as a painter is equally fulfilling.
"As far as the visual art is concerned, I see it as being successful because I've been thoroughly enjoying myself," he said with a laugh. "That's my measure of success for it."
A Proust Questionnaire is an inquiry into one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust. Inspired by the popularity and quirkiness of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire, the editors of Artspace composed one to reveal another side of their favorite artists. Our twentieth artist is Brandon Boyd — artist, lead singer of Incubus, and an Artspace guest curator — whose favorite art space is his kitchen table.
When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
I’ve been drawing since I can remember. I think I made the decision to “BE” an artist when I was about 14 or so. Which meant, at that ripe age, starting to be OK with being broke and doing it for the process.
What’s your idea of a dream home or holiday?
I live in my dream home, so my dream holiday would be… well… sitting in the living room of my dream home with my dog on my lap and not having anything to do for a few days. Ahhhh.
Who’s your favorite artist?
I have many! But one that is continually influential is Aubrey Beardsley. I love the line work and his illicit regality.
Untitled (American Morning) by Poppy de Villeneuve
What’s your preferred mode of transportation?
Bicycle! Walking is highly underrated, too, but if we are trying to get more than 20 blocks let’s jump on the bike. Massively fun and ingenious technology.
What’s your favorite film?
I do not have one. I’ve never been the guy that has even a top ten of films and music. It really depends on my mood and energy that day. But today? My favorite film is Girl on a Bridge. The 1991 version with Vanessa Paradis. Remarkable!
If you found $20, what would you do with it?
Play the lottery. And if I won? I’d leave $20 dollars on the floor where I found it. I know, I’m a greedy bastard. Or! I’d acquire $20 worth of quarters and go to the video arcade at Santa Monica pier, get as many tickets from Skeeball as I could, then trade the tickets in for a 75 cent whistle.
America by Andres Serrano
What’s on your iPod?
Nude photos of celebrities, episodes of Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule and my band’s new album, If Not Now, When?… Shameless.
What’s your idea of happiness?
What’s your idea of misery?
If not yourself, who would you want to be?
A Brandon Boyd impersonator. Or! The guy at swimsuit photo shoots that applies body oil to the models/sand wiper offer. Too ambitious?
What’s your preferred drink?
Coffee. No milk, two sugars.
What’s your hidden talent?
I’m very limber. And as a result I can do odd activities with my body. Handstands, backbends, auto-felatio, etc…
What books are on your bedside table?
Quantum Psychology by Ken Wilber, Crazy Cock by Henry Miller, and Elmo Goes To Jail by, well…Elmo.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Untitled by Marcel Dzama
What’s your motto or favorite quote?
My favorite quote (today) is, “What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.” -Leo Tolstoy
What’s your favorite art space?
My kitchen table.
What would you want your last meal on earth to be?
I answered this question yesterday for someone! Shit, I better watch my fuckin back! Same answer though; I’d have a “Please don’t kill me” Sandwhich. Delicious and nutritious.
Who/what was your first love?
My first love was candy. First memory too. She was huge, round, rainbow spiraled and lived just out of my reach on a candy cart at Disneyland. Shit, story of my life.
Seestuck 1 by Gerhard Richter
What’s your favorite time of day or year?
My favorite time of day is in the morning. Especially when waking before dawn to chase a swell. I haven’t seen this lately because I’ve been sidelined from the water by an injury and now from being on tour. But soon I’ll see her again. Soon. Favorite time of year is right now. Last moments of summer fading into the hues of Fall.
The world would be a better place if…
…we understood that fundamentally we are all one. Billions of gears in a larger mechanism that is but one piece of something so magnificently vast, it’s scale is beyond our ability to measure. That if we truly organized, stopped squabbling over right, wrong, his, hers, left, right, mine, yours, this, that, me, you, heaven, hell…we could start to see the potential inherent in human consciousness. Make contact. Grow up.
Posted on: October 25th, 2011 by Paul Laster
Incubus Italia Exclusive Interview Milano 15-11-2011 [HD] from IncubusItalia on Vimeo.
Brandon calls in to the Kevin & Bean Show this morning to talk about the cancellation of their appearance at Acoustic Christmas
Photos by Cody Black
“ We are very sorry that we will not be able to perform at this year's KROQ Acoustic Xmas show. Acoustic Xmas has always been one of our favorite shows to play.” Incubus Earlier this morning, Incubus front man Brandon Boyd called in to The Kevin & Bean Show with some disappointing news – Incubus will not be performing at night 1 of this year’s Almost Acoustic Christmas. Guitarist Mike Einziger “became ill on the band’s recent European tour and the band had to cancel 3 shows. After returning to the US, doctors have recommended that he take some additional time off to recover so the band will not be able to perform as scheduled,” says the band’s Facebook page.
About an hour after that call, Rome Ramirez called in to Kevin & Bean to break the news that Sublime With Rome would be filling in for Incubus. We wish Mike a speedy recovery and are stoked to have Sublime With Rome on board for the 22nd Annual Almost Acoustic Christmas.
“We are very sorry that we will not be able to perform at this year’s KROQ Acoustic Xmas show. Acoustic Xmas has always been one of our favorite shows to play. Our #1 priority is our fans and it pains us to disappoint them, but we look forward to starting the new year healthy and rested and playing for all our Incubus fans again very soon. Thank you for your understanding.”-Incubus’ Facebook Page
Brandon Boyd’s Call:
Rome Ramirez’s Call:
You can catch all the action from both nights by watching the live webcast, with complete and uncut performances from all the bands! Webcast starts at 5:00PM each night, so don’t be late!
Wonderful interview Valentina :) thank you for sharing!!!
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