"Tillmans’ work encompasses a wide array of photographic genres. He has this belief that you can do anything. For one, his permanent dialogue with his immediate world has no hierarchical sexual boundaries. He’s free. And lately, the fact that he openly embraces the simple photo copier as a tool and produces playful and experimental images that become something else … is what keeps me intrigued and convinced about his work. I like that his path is about exploring the interplay of chance and control."
The 8: Ruth Ansel
What is your line of work?
Creative Director and Principle of Ansel Design Studio, New York.
If you were a work of art, which one would you choose?
I would like to be in any of Matisse’s paintings or any of his “drawing with scissors” later works. But I would especially choose the Matisse painting called The Red Studio (1911). This is a poem of a painting that refers to itself. And I wouldn’t mind turning into one of Matisse’s vermillion goldfish.
What is your earliest memory of art?
Trying to draw and copy the Sunday funnies in the newspapers my father brought home when I was very young. “Blondie,” “Brenda Starr” and “Dick Tracy” were some of my favorites.
Which museum or foundation would you like to be locked in one night?
Whenever it is completed … I would really like to be locked in the amazing Zaha Hadid Performing Arts Centre in Abu Dhabi for one night. Don’t you just love saying those names together? Zaha Hadid … Abu Dhabi. Until then you can lock me in the Met.