Robert Crumb Interview on Meditation


The mind is restless, the mind is turbulent, and meditation helps to still the waters.”
Legendary American counterculture comic book artist, Robert Crumb is known for his honest depiction of his inner self in various forms, expressing his own anxiety and desires. But there is a side to Crumb that is less known: He frequently meditates. In this video, he explains why. Read less …

“We’re very addicted to our distractions – I am too.” Crumb tries to practice meditation that “stops that habit, that compulsion to distract yourself at all times.” The mind, he finds, is very impatient, and so it can be challenging to sit down and do nothing for a given period: “Everything you do just adds to your fucked-up situation. Everything you do just gets you in deeper. Life is a tar, baby.” Meditation, he finds, helps you see things more clearly and even “get a little bit unstuck.”

Robert Crumb (b. 1943) is an American cartoonist. Crumb, a counterculture comic book artist and social satirist, has enjoyed cult status for his underground comic strips, full of anti-heroes. Among these is a wide range of popular characters including Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural. Much of his work has also appeared in Weirdo magazine (1981-1993), which he founded himself, and which was one of the most prominent publications of the alternative comics era. Crumb has received several accolades for his work, including his induction into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Angoulême Grand Prix in 1999. Crumb was also among the artists honoured in the exhibition ‘Masters of American Comics’ at the Jewish Museum in New York (2006-2007). In 2012 a retrospective of Crumb’s work was exhibited at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He has frequently collaborated with cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb, with whom he is married, and the couple have made a joint comic strip based on their life together through four decades. A collection of the comics, ‘Drawn Together’, was published in 2012.

Robert Crumb was interviewed by Christian Monggaard in connection with the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark in August 2019.

Camera: Anders Lindved

Produced by Kasper Bech Dyg and Christian Lund

Edited by Kasper Bech Dyg

Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2020

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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