Fierth i-ON Interview with CHIP CIRRHOSIS – Solo Art Opening February 14th at Chelsea Eye Art Gallery
Fierth’s Brian Mills sits down with vividly visual artist, and nightlife personality Chip Cirrhosis in the lead up to his solo art show at the Chelsea Eye Art Gallery on February 14th 2014. Chip’s art is deeply existential and blurs the lines between reality and dreams while breaking down the lines of normative values and social dogmas. Chip himself is a living piece of art, donning masks he creates transforming himself into a hyper-sexualized porcelain doll; a collection of his framed masks will be included in the exhibit. The show is part of a series curated by a brilliant artist in her own right Tracy Von Becker-Legge and has seen recurrences featuring groups of emerging artists or solo shows. The Red Carpet Opening and Champagne Reception will be held on February 14th between 7 – 10 pm at Chelsea Eye Art Gallery; a portion of the proceeds raised will benefit the Trevor Project. Get to know Chip Cirrhosis.
FIERTH: Do you have a nick-name?
Chip: Depends on the context of the question. So yes many.
FIERTH: Where are you based , where do you call home ?
Chip: Valley of the Sun
FIERTH: How tall are you?
Chip: I touch the Sky
FIERTH: What is your motto?
Chip: I want a new life on the other side but not until I’m finished with this one. Life’s too short to be ashamed.
FIERTH: How do you describe your work?
Chip: It’s hard to describe my work I’m still at the point where I’m learning to get to know it . I have a lot to learn about myself. This is my shenanigans period
FIERTH: What about your work frustrates you ?
Chip: I struggle with instant gratification
FIERTH: What accomplishment are you most proud of ?
Chip: I’ve come to fill in my skin nicely
FIERTH: What do you like most about what you do?
Chip: The way it makes me feel
FIERTH: How do you keep it real?
Chip: There isn’t a way of keeping it real it just is.
FIERTH: What can we expect to see in your work?
Chip: Past times of the here and now and mementos from the gods that have passed. Some channeled b******t like that.
FIERTH: What inspired you towards wearing masks ? What other formas has the mask come in ?
Chip: The mask is just a second skin. Its a barrier from the burdens of wounds. It’s like a burka for beauty. I am what I am said the man in the mask.
The mask can be just a pair of heels. A stranger’s underwear. It a thing that transforms you, I call it Sybilcising the consciousness. We all have many states of mind. Find your trigger and play with your internal friends.
FIERTH: Do you have a deliberate plan when beginning a new work or does it evolve in the process?
Chip:I have a vision of evolution
FIERTH: Elementally speaking does your work feature recurring themes ?
Chip: Yes repetition is consistent and as well in nature think its just a given.
FIERTH: What Mediums have you experimented with ?
Chip: I work in mixed media so I always am experimenting with something, conventional or non
FIERTH: How did you get your start as an artist ?
Chip: I think I was birthed with it.
FIERTH: What or who inspires you on a typical day in your life ?
Chip: Human nature, good and bad
FIERTH: What frustrates you about the art world ?
Chip: Competition is a waste of time. Breeding one universe powered by the United brainwave of the people. We own the world and beyond if we stand together.
FIERTH: Do people have misconceptions about you ?
Chip: That I’m over-sensitive and crazy. But I’m both of them and they just happen to both be real that’s what the misconception is.
FIERTH: What does art mean to you ?
Chip: Its a way to heal myself from myself. Allows me to become closer to my Maker. Helps me understand that me and my maker are but 1. Fuck god /I am GOD.
FIERTH: What is the secret to success ?
Chip: I’m still on that road. I’m just a gypsy finger tipping the story as I go along.
FIERTH: How do you best describe your personal style ?
Chip: Cyber whore, acid casino meltdown, mothers cherry pie, when the memory flashes that you have a dirty pair of sheets stashed under your bed.
FIERTH: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Chip: Would love to learn more about the brain and the reactions of it based on environment and spiritual consciousness
FIERTH: What exactly are you wearing right now?
Chip: I love tater tots. Use your imagination
FIERTH: What motivates you in life?
Chip: To be a righteous better person and a share it with the people around me.
FIERTH: Do you have recurring dreams ?
Chip: I dreamed very very vivid. I did have a reoccurring dream when I was younger. Was of a conveyor belt with scrap metal ,wire barbed, steel, iron beams being flattened by a roller you see on tractors flattening asphalt. There was an awful sound of squealing and screeching until it would come through on the other side, then the sound would corresponding with the texture soft and flat. And while all this was going on I could hear laughing coming from hundreds and hundreds of mouths. But barely ever do I have bad dreams now that I’m older.
FIERTH: Where do you see yourself next year at this time ? How about in 5 years ?
Chip: I feel like I may be in another country at the same time this year. 5 years I think I’m going to be in Spain.
FIERTH: If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what do you think you would be doing?
Chip: If I wasn’t doing what I was doing now I think I’d be doing nothing because I know nothing other than what I’m doing now.
FIERTH: Have you ever felt hopeless? How did you get through it?
Chip: Art feed my brain/ hopeless otherwise
FIERTH: If someone wrote a biography on your life, what do you think the title should be?
Chip: “A Dead Man Tells No Tales”
911 I have a emergency there’s a man in the tub. IE( I have left my mark everywhere, like a pissing dog on his daily walk)
FIERTH: How would your best friend describe you?
FIERTH: What were you like as a child?
FIERTH: Where did you grow up ?
Chip: The Desert.
FIERTH: What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
Chip: I was altering my brain chemistry.
FIERTH: What makes you angry ?
Chip: No negligence for compassion.
FIERTH: What brings you the most joy?
FIERTH: Write a brief story about an actual accidental adventure you’ve had.
Chip: My life is a accidental adventure.
FIERTH: What’s the strangest thing you’ve done this month?
Chip: I don’t kiss and tell. Depends on what you think is weird.
FIERTH: What’s something about yourself that no one knows?
Chip: I’m an open book
FIERTH: Ever had a rumor spread about you?
Chip: Oh they all like to talk. I have heard it all.
FIERTH: Are you a morning or night person ?
Chip: I get up early and stay up late.
FIERTH: What were you doing last night at Midnight?
FIERTH: What do you daydream about?
Chip: Art , boys, travel, changes by the minute.
FIERTH: What do you think is the meaning of life ?
Chip: There’s a plan for you, just listen for it.
FIERTH: What is your beauty secret ?
Chip: Little girls stockings and household paint.
FIERTH: What would be the introduction song to a movie based on your life ?
Chip: Hasn’t been written yet. It will be by my band VD ( Venereal Discretion)
From the album: love is not a myth/ straight out of the bitchs mouth
FIERTH: Describe your home in 6 words or less.
Chip: Michaels craft store on acid
FIERTH: Do you collect anything? If so, what?
Chip: I collect a lot of things I like lots of shiny things. Religious propaganda, toenails, teeth preferably dentures, campy roses patterns, black babies. I like dead things too but don’t have too many of them just a bird in a glass with some pink pigments
FIERTH: Do you have any obsessions right now?
Chip: It was tater tots for a minute but I’m just in love with them now. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Really was O.D.ing on bags daily
FIERTH: If you could buy anything regardless of cost, what would you buy?
Chip: I would buy a ticket to the other side
FIERTH: What is your ” Safety Word”?
Chip: I dont have a safety word but I always make sure to find out what their’s is beforehand.
FIERTH: Which celebrity do you suspect is actually a hologram?
Chip: Well NASA has been saying the universe is a hologram so I don’t know how to answer this question
FIERTH: What’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever done for you?
Chip: My ex boyfriend and I were in a fight and he cut hundred lips out of magazines and put them face down on my car windshield and when I got inside 111 kisses kissing me.
FIERTH: Do you believe in karma?
Chip: I have no karma credit. It hits me back every time.