Q&A with Keith Hampton 

Last year, Keith Hampt

Last year, Keith Hampton started a new gallery, It’s ALLart, in the Murphy Building on Fountain Square. Frustrated by a lack of foot traffic, Hampton has decided to take his gallery virtual. “I’m going to continue to show artists on a monthly basis as well as my own art, send out postcards for each new month but try and steer clientele toward the Web site and the new art that will be shown there. If someone is interested in a work, I’ll make arrangements to show it to them in their own home or office or a third party gallery/partner via phone and e-mail.”

Q:What are you reading now?

A:: Color, A Natural History of the Palette, by Victoria Finlay; Autumn of the Moguls, by Michael Wolff; and The Koran (inquiring minds wanna know).

Q:What do you like about the Indy art scene?

A:: All of the emerging and undiscovered talent that is here as well as some of the yet-to-be-discovered older talent. How about a “40 Over 40” feature?

Q: What don’t you like?

A:: Indianapolis’ ever-continuing consumer apathy and sticker shock toward visual art. (For the most part) we love to have creativity and artists here but we’d rather spend $1,000 on temporal things like Colts season tickets or a case of wine and yet complain that art is too expensive at $300.

Q: What inspires you?

A:: Everything, everywhere, on a daily basis. I can’t begin to create the ideas I come up with, there’s just not enough time in this life.

Q: Drug of choice?

A: Honey Lagers and then aspirin the next day. I know, I’m a lightweight.

Q:: What’s the hardest thing about what you do?

A: Trying not to take APR [accrued passive rejection] too personally. It goes with the territory of being an artist who shows work, but some days ...

Q: What’s your favorite current TV commercial?

A:: I like the “hot potato” Public Television Image ad, and that whole ad series. Very good stuff, wish I’d thought of it. Especially the one where the little girl uses the flashlight to make the rooster crow.

Q: Three people you’d like to invite for dinner?

A:: Joni Mitchell, Matt Groening [creator of The Simpsons] and Cormac McCarthy (although he probably wouldn’t say much and would wonder what the hell he was doing there).

Q:: Can love be pornographic?

A:: No, I don’t think so. Porn is something you watch someone else do for prurient pleasure. Love is something you feel for someone and share that pleasure, sexual or otherwise, with some bad times thrown in to keep it interesting. Visit Keith Hampton’s digital gallery at www.itsallart.com.

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