From riotous pool parties for MOCAtv to strange visions of his ex-girlfriend and their fantasy family, artist Fornieles’ work is warped, perplexing and totally genius. Despite the chaotic forces surrounding his practice, he has one consistent ethos: “In terms of what content is selected, I normally choose it in terms of how popular it is.” In other words, he follows trending topics and processes digital narratives as if they’re a religion.
On a high after his Chisenhale solo show Modern Family – his first in the UK – Fornieles is preparing to tackle self-help culture at the Carl Kostyál gallery in Stockholm from February: but first, he’s going to get a little R&R in himself. “I’m going to a volcano to meditate for a month and get my life back in order,” he says. And what’s in store for the show? “We’ll have a working sauna and a plunge pool, and hopefully it will become a social place.” Clothes off, trunks on.
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Ed Fornieles: I’d say The Lego Movie; that film has in it a very important lesson for artists about the tension between the formal and constrained and the free-form and organic.
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Ed Fornieles: Makey.
What's your favourite song and movie of 2014?
Ed Fornieles: Apart from The Lego Movie I’d say Guardians of the Galaxy and its soundtrack for favourite music.
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Ed Fornieles: I think everyone will be wearing Missoni sweaters and white trousers.
Sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Ed Fornieles: More. Or the same, but bigger.
What’s the most exciting thing about the fashion industry today?
Ed Fornieles: Missoni sweaters.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Ed Fornieles: Driving.
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Ed Fornieles: Dean Kissick’s writing has really touched me this year, he is a warrior for the good.
What's the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Ed Fornieles: Just the standard array of nude selfies with a role-playing twist.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Ed Fornieles: Probably Oscar Murillo.
Lead image: Ed Fornieles, "Modern Family", 2014 Courtesy of Carlos/Ishikawa, London
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