and actor. Though he has had minor roles in mainstream films such as Goodfellas
, he is most associated with independent movies
, including Buffalo '66, which he wrote, directed, did the music for and starred in; The Brown Bunny
, which he also wrote, directed, produced, starred in and photographed; Arizona Dream
; The Funeral
; and Palookaville
. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Gallo was a painter in the New York City art scene showing with famed art dealer Annina Nosei, performed in a rap
duo and was part of the first hip hop television broadcast Graffiti Rock
, and played in an industrial band called Bohack which released an album title It Took Several Wives.
Art must be radical, art must upset people as much as possible. I am radical and obviously I suffer consequence. But I think that only this can lead to the evolution of the human kind.
Art must be deep and pregnant, art can't be for all, popular art is just nonsensical. I am an artist, and art applies to people like me, interesting and convoluted people. But our society tends and the more will tend in the opposite direction, that is to make everything available for everybody and always. Art will be more and more reproducible and more and more accessible.
To get what I wanted, or to do the things that I wanted to do, or to have impact, I had to be very clever and part of being very clever requires a kind of creative language so I was always willing to do it that way. But I've also done it in other ways; through revenge; through violence; through salesmanship; through hard work; through building; through working with my hands. I'm not a young poet. I'm a working person.
My creativity is always motivated by what's missing, the same way it comes from what's broken, what needs to be cleaned, what needs to be prepared because I don't have it. It always comes from loss or from the seed of something that needs to be protected and grown.
I believe that profound vision is when a leader takes you somewhere where you don't want to go because it's an unknown place, it's an unknown ideal. If the Beatles knew what they would do in 1969 in 1964, they would have done it in 1964. They could never have imagined that. And a profound visionary is someone who can, not completely imagine that, but whose thoughts lead to that. And you can never communicate profound vision to the mainstream, so I'm an elitist on that level.