Music for Serious Midgets 

The wonderfully obsessive world of Timothy Sellers' Artichoke

Thursday, Sep 30 2010

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Yes. I studied physics and geology and art in college. I was interested in being a scientist, but when I had to make a decision, it was to be an artist.

Your wife is an artist, too?

Yeah, she's a costume designer and a photographer.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY ALLISON ACHAUER - Artichoke's Timothy Sellers: "'Artistically open' may overlap with 'kid open.'"
  • Artichoke's Timothy Sellers: "'Artistically open' may overlap with 'kid open.'"

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And you guys survive?

Haha, just barely. I paint theater sets for a living. I get to go to some industrial space, crank some music and paint a backdrop.

A friend of mine moved to L.A. and got a job repairing or refinishing public art — murals, statues. On the East Coast, we either let it rust, or we tear it down.

That attitude is one of the reasons I moved to L.A. On the East Coast, I was handling $60 million Picassos and being paid $6 an hour and not able to afford a sandwich. I thought, "There's got to be a better way."

So you actually got to touch these paintings?

Oh, sure. And matting and framing and hanging them.

And they trusted you with these $60 million objects, not supposing you would be seething with resentment?

I think there are lots of underpaid people with positions of great sensitivity, right down to the guy building your house.

Did you ever think of how you could steal one if you wanted to?

Of course.

I never thought about the people behind the hanging of the great art. I think I just assumed it was a bunch of idle rich people.

Most people who work in museums, in my experience, are the wives of doctors and lawyers. No one else could afford that job! If you're an artist or musician and you marry another artist or musician, good luck!

Artichoke perform Saturday, October 2, 7 p.m., at the Eagle Rock Music Festival.

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