London-based artist James Viscardi talks about his love for trash
My dear friend James Viscardi, who lives in London, paid me a visit not too long ago, and he got to experience all the joys the city has to offer: friends, family and rubbish removal.
James, 26, is an artist who lives in London but is from New York. While the primary purpose of his trip was to come and see family and friends, he was also hard at work, planning an art show he’s putting together of painters and sculptors from London and New York.
“It’s always great to land in New York after you’ve been away for a few months,” he said in an email. “Each time I’m reminded of how rad this place is.”
But James had even more on his New York agenda: a rubbish removal ride with yours truly. He was looking for a space to host the show and knew that I would know just the place. “Who is more indicative of New York than Nick DiMola?” James said. “If anyone would know a place for me to host it, it would be Nicky.”
James and I rode around in my DiMola Bros truck to all of my friends’ joints in Ridgewood. James returned the favor by taking me out for some authentic Mexican grub in Bushwick.
“All in all, the day was a great success,” James said.
James moved to London to study painting at the Royal College of Art, where he got a master’s degree in fine art. “I chose to move to London because I needed a change,” he said. “There is a great amount of interesting and creative energy in the air here at the moment.”
Like I am, James is obsessed with history and antiques. He takes pride in his own collection of knickknacks and says he is always inspired by bizarre objects. “They definitely inform my art,” he said.
It was great to see an old family friend, especially one who shares my passion for history, antiques and, well, trash. Honestly, he might even love the stuff as much as I do.
“Going to Nick’s shop is so cool because you’re in this hands-on museum where you get to touch and interact with all of the artifacts,” James said. “He’s set it up so well, you can really see how important these snippets of history are to him. He takes a personal responsibility for every object he has collected and works hard to uncover the secret history behind each one. He’s like an urban archeologist.”
For more information on James’ work, visit www.JamesViscardi.com.