by Eddie Arroyo

We sat down in a small café in Fort Lauderdale and spoke over coffee about his latest series of paintings which were based on a 1948 film noir movie called “I Love Trouble”. The conversation began with the film. He told me that he enjoyed it because it lack of a cohesive plot, which begged the question:

EA
If the movie was not the actual inspiration for the series then what was?

TK
It was the appearance, the physical character of the movie… it wasn’t really the story in of in itself. I felt if I choose certain scenes from it and rearranged and it would be its own story.

EA
Are you conscious of the narrative before, during, or afterwards?

TK
No, it’s more expressive, just choosing images based on personal choice. It’s done more on an intuitive level based on feelings. There is no story beforehand. I suppose looking at what I have done with that series it’s autobiographical.

EA
Yeah but as for the audience they can take it how they want.

TK
Exactly, I don’t want to impose a strict storyline. Although, I am interested in mythology; Greek, Roman, and Native American you know like historical narratives…stories that transcend time, space, stories of heroes. I’ve read a lot of Nietzsche‘s work where he had this idea that man started out in three stages the camel, the lion, and the child. The story is about the man starts out as the camel carrying a lot of weight during his youth and education and everything that society places upon him, responsibilities. And then people are strong enough to become lions… artists, philosophers, creators, and eventually the lion give way to the child. The child is a reborn person so it’s kind of like a circular story. I have been thinking about the child in my work right now as far as trying to simplify and clarify everything as far as my own investigation.

EA
Do you have any interests in contemporary stories?

TK
Well, I like the news especially alternative media. I’m interested from the aspect of how the media describes reality differently. There will be one story described fifteen different ways on the internet for example; I like the idea of interpretation. So that’s something that’s changing rapidly these days. Also in popular culture I’m interested in UFO’s in narratives, alien abduction; alien interpretation …more because it’s so tainted with crazy people that it becomes interesting.

EA
What about it is interesting?

TK
The mythological aspect whether its real or not it doesn’t really matter. I like the fact that it full of inconsistencies.
I like the fact that it’s not explainable.

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