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Jon Burgerman tells us how to train your creative brain

Ashleigh Allsopp | Sept. 9, 2013
Artist Jon Burgerman lets us in on the secrets to creativity, which include ditching your routine, turning off your computer and wearing colourful socks.

"But the title could be a pun on me as well. Like, all these works were a failure of my judgement. It can work in a couple of ways, which I quite like.

"It's a collection of new drawings. There's a canvas piece in there as well but primarily the work's on paper.

Do you do exhibitions a lot?
JB: "I've had a bunch this summer but I have none planned. Maybe one in London later in the year. But sometimes they're opportunistic. If I wasn't coming here to Brighton for this festival, I don't know if I would have done the exhibition.

"The same happened in Asia on my trip around Asia. I was already going there and then more things started to happen on the trip or just before I left. Like: "Oh, I heard you were coming here, could you do a talk or come to this university to do this thing" so you have to be kind of flexible to do it."

Do you enjoy doing talks and exhibitions, or would you rather be drawing more?
JB: "It's good because you have to get your work out there. You show your friends and you show your work colleagues and that's good. Then you put it online and strangers look at it. Then you do an exhibition and people just walk down the street and they comment on it. They don't know that I'm the guy that made it and I'm just sat on the step having a cup of tea. That's invaluable. It's very difficult to get very genuine feedback and response from your work, so we should cherish that opportunity.

"It's the same with the talks. I guess people won't come up to me and tell me that was awful but there will be comments online and I'll hear stuff and we'll see what people think."

What are you up to next?
JB: "I'm going to Nottingham for a film screening. I did some artwork for a documentary called The Great Hip Hop Hoax. It's a new film and there's animated bits in it and I did the artwork for the animated bits.

"It's about two rappers from Scotland who couldn't get a record deal because they rapped in native Scottish accents, so they went away and invented characters they could be who are American. They performed and got a record deal and got loads of money thrown at them and they got really excited but they had to maintain the lie. And it all started to fall apart because you can't maintain a lie forever. It's a true story so it's brilliant.

"There's sections of the film for the artwork so I did all the art for it. I didn't animate it but I did all the drawings."

The Great Hip Hop Hoax is being screened in select cinemas this month, and Jon's A Failure of Judgement is open at Brighton's Ink'd Gallery until 6 October.


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