Eldon Garnet is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Toronto. Surveys of his sculptures and photographic work have been held at the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the Amsterdam Center of Photography. His novel, Reading Brooke Shields: The Garden of Failurewas published by Semiotext(e), in 1995. Impulse Archaeology, a collection of articles from his years at Impulse, was released by the University of Toronto Press in 2005. His novel “Lost Between The Edges” was published by Semiotext(e), MIT. His recent novel, Categories of Disappearance is available from impulseb.com. He is also well known for his public art works including The Memorial for the Chinese Railroad Workers located in Toronto.From 1975–1990 he was the editor of Impulse, a Canadian magazine of art and culture. He is represented by the Christopher Cutts Gallery Toronto and Torch Gallery, Amsterdam.He is a professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
1. What is art?
The ideas and artifacts made by an artist as art.
2. Is art important?
As a means to communicate idea and feeling, as important as any fine wine.
3. Who are your Artistic Role Model(s)?
4. You’re having an intimate dinner party, and can invite anyone from the annals of time, who are your guests?
Einstein as he told the best dinner jokes.
5. The digital revolution- a boon or a bane to the creation of art?
Everything is a boon in the creation of art so why not digital technology.
6. If you could ensconce yourself in any period in the history of humankind- When? Where? Why?
Now. It is the only time I understand.
7. What inspires you?
Impossible to say where inspiration derives; I can only assume somewhere in my self.
8. Do you have a muse?
I have had throughout my life the most amazing muses.
9. What’s your secret?
To enjoy the work.
10. Where are we going?
Not sure why I would need to go anywhere when here is as Voltaire says, the best of all possible worlds.
11. What can’t you live without?
The question should be: What will I live without when I die?
12. Your favorite dish/food/nosh?
The sweetness, my tongue slowly on her warm skin.