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PAINTING Interview for The Risky Issue - XIII
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CAN YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELF?
My name is SIMPLE and I am originally from Bremen, Germany, but based in Gothenburg, Sweden at the moment. I moved to Sweden two and a half years ago to continue my studies and to work on new projects but also to get away from my hometown for a change of scene.
HOW DID YOU BECOME A PAINTER AND WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST INFLUENCE?
I started basically with graffiti, but never practiced it frequently to be honest. I guess my lack of can-control frustrated me too much! I worked mostly with sketching and drawing instead until I began to experiment with new media. I did my first acrylic based paintings 6 years ago and went through many phases since then, but it is of course an ongoing development process.
However, the graffiti culture was one of the most influential elements in my life and my work. Then I started skateboarding! All that happened in an early age, but those two things follow me up to now and will definitely do so in the future.
TODAY, WHAT IS YOUR STRONGEST INSPIRATION?
Inspiration for me is not a thing that hits you from one moment to the next it is rather something that is happening unconsciously over time and nothing that you can point out clearly. As I mentioned earlier, graffiti and skateboarding have pretty much influenced my life in different ways. I still discover badass music in skate videos for example that I listen to while I am working and that keeps me going and motivated.
Though, it is hard, even not possible, to name that one specific thing that inspires me the most, but I know that music has a very important role and impact in my creative working process. No pictures in my head without a decent soundtrack!
CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO US THE WAY YOU WORK?
The way I work is actually quite aimless from the beginning. I primarily work with all kinds of wood. I love wood! I prefer used and worn out wood that people usually consider as garbage. So collecting that material from building lots and other random places is the very first step of my working process I guess. The actual design is influenced in different ways by the material that I am painting it on. Depending on color, structure and size of the wood I determine color scheme, level of detail and general theme of the design. But that is just rough planning to get a picture of how the final result will might look like. I always do spontaneous changes while I am painting, but the harmony of the whole picture always stays in focus though.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR IDEAS FOR A PROJECT?
That depends on what kind of project it is. My approach on commercial projects differs from my private ones. Generally I wouldn’t say I find ideas, but rather generate them. It is a combination of the inspiration process I mentioned earlier and some iterative sketching that leads me to an idea in the end. Sometimes.
CAN YOU TELL US THE CRAZIEST EXPERIENCE YOU’VE HAD A PROJECT?
Well, it is not that my projects have been pretty boring so far, but I can’t really remember a crazy story that is worth telling.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB/ PROJECT?
I feel actually quite alright with the jobs and projects I had and currently working on, but of course they are all restricted to my time, budget and other circumstances. So it is not the actual projects or jobs I want to change and to become better, but rather the conditions within them.
WHAT IS THE FEELING THAT YOU WISH TO COMMUNICATE IN YOUR WORK?
WHAT IS YOUR ARTIST’S LEITMOTIV?
See previous answer.
HAVE YOU GOT OTHER CURRENT PROJECTS?
There are several projects I am currently working on. One of them is a collaboration I have with Dirtyface and Dudebox from the UK. They sent me one of their toys that I will design and which will be part of a group exhibition they will do with all designed toys by the other artists that have attended that project.
Furthermore, I am working on a black and white illustration for a special fanzine edition initiated by the guys of Getfreaky, who are based in France. But in the meantime I am painting as much as I can on my paintings in my Studio in order to have my second solo exhibition here in Gothenburg.
YOUR LAST WORDS?
I know it’s too obvious and cheesy, but keep it simple!
PAINTING : SIMPLE.
The Risky Issue – XIII
DIGITAL TEMPLE Magazine – MMXIII.