Jamian Juliano-Villani Gets to Work | Art21 “New York Close Up”

Jamian Juliano-Villani Gets to Work | Art21 “New York Close Up”

[Ridgewood–Queens] [“New York Close Up”] [“Jamian Juliano-Villani Gets to Work”] It’s a very simple routine: I come in, reheat my coffee, go on the computer, look at stuff, clean my brushes, and then I get to work. I’ve not had time off since I started,
which is crazy. Once you have a deadline
it’s like impending doom. It’s like a pimp! Constantly, like you owe someone something. Stress assassinates creativity. If you make a bad painting
and your job is an artist, it’s like the worst. It’s mortifying. It’s like having chocolate all over your face
or something– and you’re going to some gala. You’re only as good as your last painting– which sucks– but, you know, it’s kind of the truth. I was growing up in the middle of nowhere,
New Jersey, and I just wanted to get out of New Jersey
and get to New York immediately. New York is where it seemed like all
the artists went to be artists. [“Painters Painting”] I was watching “Painters Painting”– Stella and Rauschenberg
and blah blah blah, and they’re all in New York, you know– sitting on ladders, covered in paint. For me, as a teenager, it was amazing. “That’s…” “That’s it!”
You know? Now, I romanticize it less because coming to New York
and starting to be in the art world thing– it’s insane! I’ve had a million shitty jobs. Overnight shift diner waitress. I worked at a group home. Taught gymnastics. Kindergarten teacher. I organized books for a marine
who was obsessed with ships. I was commuting back and forth
from working at a restaurant in New Jersey so I could get my first apartment in New York. I was basically painting on top of my bed, staying up every other night to paint. Slowly, I got a slightly bigger room– and then I got a slightly bigger room. Three years ago,
I actually got my first real studio ever. That was like Christmas, every day. –Terrible. The paintings, I think, are… They’re tricky. You need to make them better,
make them weirder, make them smarter,
make them dumber. You just paint a snowman
in the desert… That’s it? Really? Like, there’s no other step, you know? It’s like some stupid one-liner? I have a sense of humor
and a really light way to approach something. Just come up with a joke, and then from there,
how can you offset that so it’s like
psychological or personal? It’s like ping pong,
back and forth, back and forth, until it’s just
all these things going like this, negating itself. A lot of weird decisions just happen here
by myself in the middle of the night. But also a lot of it is talking to other people. If you have all these different voices
coming in, it’s less of a one-person lecture. [Ajay Kurian, Artist] Across the hall is Ajay, who is an amazing artist. Man, he saved my ass so many times
with so many shows. “Uh, can you give me a minute
and we could like, um…” “You could just give me moral support please? Thanks.” –I’m thinking like a very very, super light,
pale teal kind of colors. –Blue, or very very pale purple. –Purple is probably better? –Like cool purple. [KURIAN]
–Like lavender, or? [JULIANO-VILLANI]
–Cool ass purple. [KURIAN]
–I could see that. [JULIANO-VILLANI]
–Right. –Or like a… [KURIAN]
–Is that a vase or a mirror? [JULIANO-VILLANI]
–Who the fuck knows? –It will be a mirror. [KURIAN]
–Hmm… –Fuck. One of my friends was telling me, “Just put some crap in there,
no one can tell.” I was like, “Thanks, jerk!” [Inhales sharply] But I can definitely tell. Because these are supposed to be confident. I just turned 30. I mean, I chainsmoke–
like, you know, a pack and a half a day. I drink a lot. My sleeping habits are terrible. I eat garbage. This is just a vessel,
you know what I mean? The past couple of years, I had so much stamina and just kept on working and pumping. And now, it’s like, when it actually matters, I got to make sure I still have it. I think the main pressure is
maintaining integrity and making work that you feel good about– even under pressure,
which is really difficult. I really want to push the paintings– and I don’t know how yet,
but hopefully I’ll figure it out and make them something
that they aren’t yet. I know I’m going to make some, like, embarrassing, bad sculptures
or videos or something. But, like, fuck it,
I got to do it, now is the time– while I have the energy.

Dereck Turner

23 thoughts on “Jamian Juliano-Villani Gets to Work | Art21 “New York Close Up”

  1. Mbari Hogun says:

    Awesome 21 ~

  2. Estragon17 says:

    Gee, I feel bad for all those folks who had to grow up in "middle of nowhere New Jersey" only a handful of miles from New York. As opposed to those of us who grew up a thousand miles from any major art centers.

  3. Julia Haw says:

    I love your realness Jamian.  CONGRATS! <3

  4. Athena Q. Quispe says:


  5. eric america says:

    "This is just a vessel"

  6. Joseph Critchley says:

    Wow this lady is cool.

  7. Jefferson Vieira Margutti says:

    Love <3

  8. HJK gx says:

    Thank you for writing korean subtitles.

  9. hippywolf says:

    You got it! But for heavens sake take care or yourself! You are my favorite painter by far and please keep making paintings!!! We LOVE YOU!!!!

  10. 12 lo says:

    I need more Jamian episodes on this channel………………………

  11. John Castle says:

    Copying photographs instantly kills the painting for me .But admire her dedication .

  12. Matthew Lozano says:

    Great artist. And she's beautiful 😁

  13. Afro Lit says:

    "stress assassinates creativity" amen

  14. 12 lo says:

    i love u

  15. geronimo8159 says:

    Oh look! It's an arty Sopranos character 😂.
    Joking, I love her already.

  16. Dave Bradley says:

    POWERFUL work your alot like myself…hard stressed GOOD working artist. do the worst piece u possibly can and see what it becomes.

  17. sculpy puego says:

    This was painful to watch, shes extremely annoying.

  18. mudprof wildwest says:

    Jamian Juliano-Villani is a plagiarist, she blatantly ripped off my friend Stan Watts work. Jamian, I'm an art professor and professional artist. I always educate my students about copyright infringement. You went to some great schools, you know better. Stan Watts confronted you on Instagram and you blocked him, you didn't even have the guts to respond to him! You should be ashamed of yourself.

  19. Pintu Mania says:

    Can someone help me and tell whats the Instrument at the beginning i love it !!

  20. Adria Morgan says:

    loved this and love her work .

  21. jack firmin says:

    Interesting Lady! Hope she can cope with the stress for many years.

  22. swimmindonut says:

    I love this episode particularly because it shows the struggle of an emerging artist, and also of her chars being really honest about it.

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