Kabbalah, Tony claims, has given him the technology of creativity. “The Kabbalah has a very healthy attitude towards sex – it’s an important thing!”
Now we’re on the way to Tate Britain in the Nissan Cube.
The Tate is a mystical place for Tony. He took a homeless man called Roger off the street and installed him there. The first place of Roger’s installation was at the Saatchi gallery – he was thrown out of there so Tony housed him at Tate Britain. People came looking for him, were intrigued by the idea – and at times outraged.
A homeless woman installed in an LA gallery wasn’t quite so successful – she was wanted for misdemeanors and was taken to court. When the judge asked why she was in the LA gallery, she told him she was a work of art to much muttering and disbelief.
“It made people more aware of homelessness,” says Tony. “If you cut through the ridiculousness, I gave a guy a home and taught him about art. It’s about being if benefit to mankind, something I learned from the Kabbalah. I have to find a cure for pain, suffering and death – through art and expression. If I can’t do it, I believe that by trying I will inspire someone else to do so!”
He’s also been leaving art around LA like movable graffiti. “I asked Damien Hirst how he became an artist. Damien said ‘You are a fucking artist!'”