What kind of guy goes to QuickHoney.com? A guy like Drake. At least in the world of Peter Stemmler aka Peekasso he does. A pixel pushing, ditigal, movable gif populated world where Tyler The Creator is a cross-dressing exhibitionist, Kanye and Kim Kardashian kick it with Yoda as opposed to Hov and Bey’ and Supreme and OBEY branding gets a dose of it’s own subversive medicine. #OBOY #OBUY. Read our very subversive talk with “Internet Artist” Peter Stemmler aka Peekasso below.
Art Nouveau: You’re a self-proclaimed “Internet Artist.” What does that mean? And how does that affect your work?
Peekasso: That means for me, that I get most of my inspiration and ideas from the internet and that I use the internet to show my work to a lot of people.
AN: Tell me about the process of creating work. Is it all digital?
P: Yes most of my works are digital (Photoshop/ illustrator), even if its ball point pen on paper or wood burnings..since I trace it on my computer screen, and the real end product is a digital photo.
AN: What statement if any are you trying to make with your work?
P: There are a lot of different statements..in general, beside my normal horniness… alternative interpretations of my reality, in politics, mass media, sex etc .it’s really easy to create your own reality online and play with it.
AN: You have created many works on Facebook and Mark Zuckberg, What’s your take on Facebook’s recent IPO blunder?
I’m fascinated by facebook,..i think they sell people to other people (the same people + advertisers and cia/nsa..etc.), as a form of social cannibalism, than selling this again to people as an ipo, is meta and extremely corrupt and evil, I don’t think there is any blunder, it’s all intentional, to control and condition people. I use facebook to show my work as Peter Peekasso.
AN: What’s more important to an artist’s legacy, Quantity or Quality?
P: I’m not sure I wanna have a classic artist legacy, for me it’s more like a stream of ideas I have to get rid off, while really enjoying the process of trying around till I like a piece of work. My attention span is really short, so most of the stuff I do as peekasso is done in minutes, and the quantity is an important quality of my “art” stream, I see that it makes a single piece of art seam less important, for me it takes also pressure to be perfect away, but keeps the option to be perfect…
AN: What inspires you?
P: Sex, conspiracy teories, politics, philosophy & science, celebrities, other artists, people I know personally, history, drugs, internet memes….etc
AN: Would you consider your work subversive? And what does the term subversive art mean to you?
P: Yes, since I play with alternatives to the official reality, I also see the internet as a big playground, you have fun trying all kind of stuff, but at the end of the day you are wondering how it would be in real life or did you do anything real at all?….and im non commercial as Peekasso, what’s kind of subversive these days, I think subversive in a positive way means for me also experimenting without making compromises. I’m able to do this because I have a real job as a commercial illustrator, witch is still fun, but has the usual limitations of self expression.
AN: You have a hefty commercial portfolio that boasts clients such as Billboard Magazine, AT&T & more. What would you say is the biggest distinction between your personal and commercial work?
P: In my commercial life people tell me what to do, as Peekasso I do what I feel like. I actually like both worlds, the commercial part keeps me grounded in reality (also the money!), and the artsy part gives me the freedom to develop my own ideas.
AN: What’s your ultimate goal as an artist?
P: Becoming more influential, stepping into the real world without losing the freedom to do what I want.
AN: What’s next for you?
P: I wanna do more with gif’s, I think they are totally underestimated