Karen Lam was asked by a friend of mine, Ruby LaRocca, who wanted to help with this project… She quickly lost interest but did score two fine subjects, Karen Lam being one of them… Karen is a filmmaker and screen writer.
What is underground art?
Underground art is art that hasn’t been recognized by the mainstream art community, which of course, doesn’t make it less legitimate.
Are there rules or a set of ethics to the underground?
The very nature of underground is that there aren’t rules, per se. Ethics are the same ethics that apply to artists of all walks and disciplines.
What is selling out?
Selling out is when the artist is aware that the choices they make are against their own principles, but do it anyway (and then make up excuses to justify their decisions.)
Can underground go above ground and still be underground?
Tastes evolve and what is underground at some time and place can become mainstream over time. I think the definitions are as amorphous as the art itself. Artistic expression is just that.
Have you ever sold out?
I wish someone would make me an offer!
Is it possible to steal an idea?
Ideas are just that, and I don’t put too much value in them. It’s in the execution.
Your biggest artistic regret?
I don’t have a specific artistic regret, but the ones I have are always after I’ve compromised too much. Film is about collaboration, and sometimes I take it too far.
Your biggest artistic inspiration?
My biggest artistic inspiration is the world around me. I’m a news junkie, and I read incessantly.
What is dangerous art?
Dangerous art is anything that makes you question (and upend) the world around you.
Bonus Question… Nature or nurture?