DEVIN TROY STROTHER: IN CONVERSATION WITH LINDSAY PRESTON ZAPPAS
Devin Troy Strother knows how his work can be perceived and he's not afraid to talk about it. I joined Strother in his LA studio, where we discussed the unique references in his work, and how he situates himself within the art world, the art market, and the black community.
Devin Troy Strother: Both of my parents worked all day so I was basically raised by television. They would just leave me at home with the television on so I watched a shit ton of TV and a lot of movies all the time.
Lindsay Preston Zappas: That's kind of a suburban condition, right, to be a latchkey kid? Do you watch TV a lot in the studio?
No, at home after I leave the studio. I have this publishing company called Coloured Publishing that my girlfriend Yuri and I started and work on at home. Basically, I watch TV whenever I'm at home, working on a book. I'm kind of hard of hearing so I play shit really loud, which my girlfriend hates. I used to go to a lot of shows when I was younger so I fucked up my ears. I listen to music really loud in the car. I play everything really loud. We started living together and it's usually just me drawing until 4 in the morning, blaring the TV (usually comedy specials) or podcasts hosted by comedians like Marc Maron, Joe Rogan, and Doug Benson, to name a few. I think a lot of my work comes out of that. A lot of the titles have an aspect of me trying to be a comedic storytelleróalmost like the title is a one-two punch line to the visual element. The piece is the set up and the title is the punch line.
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