Canadian artist Scott Treleaven stops by the show to talk about magick, art, life and the sacred process of creation…!
For episode four of the Ultraculture podcast, my guest is Scott Treleaven, a Canadian painter and film-maker who works with both transgressive and sacred subject matter, incorporating queer imagery and the arcane symbology of occult and esoteric practices into his artwork, which ranges from multimedia collage to fine painting to filmmaking. In assessing Treleaven’s work critics have invoked Jean Genet, William S. Burroughs, Jack Pierson and Nan Goldin; Treleaven has carved out a significant place for himself in the art world, and his films have been featured at MOMA in New York City. One of his short stories was adapted into the film Bugcrush, which received heavy praise from Steven Spielberg.
I met Scott in 2003, when he was recommended to me by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge as somebody who would be an excellent choice to feature in my anthology Generation Hex, which focused on the intersection of youth culture and the occult. At the time Treleaven was completing a ten-issue run of The Salivation Army, a hand-made, photocopied zine which combined occultism, anarchy, punk and queer aesthetics in a potent mash not seen since William Burroughs’ novel The Wild Boys.
Scott and I became quick friends and he became a guiding influence on the Generation Hex project. I recognized in Scott a kindred soul and somebody who had cut his way forward through the path of shamanic anarchy and extreme experience that I was then embarking upon as a wide-eyed 21 year old, and who had maintained not only his sanity but his poise, wit and warmth on the other side.
You can find out more about Scott, including his current and upcoming gallery shows, at scotttreleaven.com.
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