'Phuckos (2019) Premiere' / Lucid Cinema
Words by Georgia Ketels
The short documentary Phuckos (dir. Gabriel Morrison & Nicholas Jansz) is a brief and beautiful glimpse at an artist who can turn his hand to seemingly any style, and a look behind his creative motivations to the source of his work.
Andy (Phuckos) is a young artist; a tattooist, illustrator, muralist and painter. The documentary opens with a close view of his work - his talent is clear. But the simplicity of this film gives his art a nonchalant quality. Cutting between black screens, the sound of a pencil scraping, the enormous blue mountains, and handheld studio shots, the flashes of Phuckos’ art and influence are captivating and brief. First we see the body of his work, and then the artist himself comes into clearer view.
Discussing abstract art, Andy says: “I thought it was always a piece o’ piss but now that I’m actually doing it I can see why they got to that point… I’d like to strip it back even more.”
He’s an evolving artist with a following, clearly breaking free of realist origins and moving to abstract and psychedelic imagery, as noteworthy artists before him have. Yet as he changes, his online social following persists. Phuckos gives us the narrative of Andy’s work, and of himself – we understand that his evolution as an artist is an unstoppable and brilliant culmination of everything he’s done before.
As a tattooist, Andy sees the process of working on a person’s skin as both an honour, and a medium of art. It seems simultaneously like an experiment and a vocation for him. It is unclear where, or when, he’s going to rest as an artist. Will he ‘settle’ on a medium? Maybe not. He handles his art casually, but stands with reverence in the Blue Mountains, his home and source of inspiration. We see him absorb it, adapting artistically to find new ways to describe the magnitude of the landscape.
Lucid Cinema is the production company/collective of Sydney and Hobart-based Nicholas Jansz, Gabriel Morrison, and their collaborators, who in the last year produced three music videos, two short films, two commercials, and three documentaries. Gabriel and Nicholas discovered Phuckos on Instagram, and approached him for their documentary, attracted to his developing style and transformation from realism to psychedelic abstraction.
You can follow Lucid Cinema on Instagram at @lucidcinema and Phuckos @phuckos