[How long have you been doing the assemblages?
Twenty-five years, believe it or not.
Wow, I had no idea you even did them until I picked up your book.What ended up in the [Hibbleton] show was what I had available in my “art room”/garage. I haven't been making too much new stuff since I moved out of The Brewery [his former studio], because I had all my junk around me. It was a big environment that I kept building on, and I had all of my toys to play with. I haven't been making too much of anything, lately. I've been busy dealing with the new house, my hundred-year-old house that I bought.
What is your process for putting together the assemblages? Do you have a concept first or do you look at a box full of objects and wonder what it could become?
I come at it from all different directions. I used to religiously go to all the flea markets, shopping and looking for stuff. I'd buy a couple of things, come home and start playing around in my studio, and I'd have a couple of new sculptures I hadn't even conceived of done in the afternoon. I like to only use real objects, and antique objects add character to my work. It gives it a lot more import, I think, because if you want people to see something that's kind of unbelievable, [put in original objects and] they'll say “That's real!” It adds a whole other crazy feel to it that way.
What are your thoughts on the last election?
I think both parties are pretty damned evil.
I'll never understand why folks like the Tea Party people will consistently vote against their best interests in so many ways. All I can do is chalk it up to education being cut and people becoming less informed. Stupider.
Granting corporations First Amendment rights and this recent [Supreme Court] rollover where they can put in campaign funding–we've basically lost our government. It's really astounding to me. Excuse me, but a corporation will never be a fucking goddamn person. To act like any corporation–no matter what kind of PR they spew out–they're anti-people, anti-environment, and their only concern is the bottom line. They don't give a damn about you. All of these clowns that are elected are just self-serving, and on the track to get re-elected and raise money. It's all partisan bickering, so everything has been basically boiled down to a sports mentality with too much sports jargon thrown in, like, “level playing field” and “on the same team.”
It's like the nerds took over the tech sector, but the jocks we hated in high school have taken over the government.
It's obscene. It's us against them or them against us, and it's nothing for the betterment of the country. It's just petty bullshit arguing. It has nothing to do with the people of this country–it's a corporate sponsor thing.
Any final words you want to impart to people?
Uh, I don't know.
That's as good a final word as any.
“The Eye of the LA Punk Scene” at the Hibbleton Gallery, 223 W. Santa Fe Ave., Fullerton, (714) 441-1504; www.hibbleton.com. Open Fri.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Through Jan. 2. Free.
Assorted T-shirts, limited edition serigraphs, archival fiber-based exhibition prints and digital printed signed posters are available at Edward Colver's website, www.edwardcolver.com.
Buy a copy of Colver's book, Blight at the End of the Funnel, from his website and he'll autograph it for you.
Dave Barton has written for the OC Weekly for over twenty years, the last eight as their lead art critic. He has interviewed artists from punk rock photographer Edward Colver to monologist Mike Daisey, playwright Joe Penhall to culture jammer Ron English.