Artist statement

An artist statement.


If I had to write something about the work in one sentence, it would be something like:


The work should be (in the) present.


If I had some more space, I could add that my artistic practice revolves around a few core questions about the production of art and the shifting meaning of cultural objects and language.


Material plays a central role. I am a sculptor in the sense that I influence material to create new image. But the material is also always itself.


If I had about a 100 words, this is where I should stop. More or less.


But there is definitely more to write.


The sculptures I make are artefacts. This is important so I should add it. They represent specific situations in which images are produced, but should also point back to that situation in which they were produced themselves.


So…


If this was an interview and I was the interviewer, I would ask myself:


Interviewer: “so, what about the colours you use in your work?”

Me: “well, I don’t know really.”


And I would be a tough interviewer and not be satisfied with an answer like that. And I would say so too. And I would ask:


Interviewer: “but you could probably say something about it?”

Me: “ok, ok, well. Some things are just intuition. I do use colours. Sometimes for instance, I deliberately use a specific kind of outdoor rope to add a certain colour to a work. Sometimes I use paint. Usually the colours are not primary colours.”


If I was a good interviewer and I would have had only one question left, I would have to ask about the installations. Because it seems that most of the works are being re-combined again in space. It also seems that these installations are pointing towards certain situations like temples, office buildings, temporary sleeping places and so on. There are large architectural structures involved that seem to link these presentations to the given context and space. These structures also influence the way a spectator moves through that space by which a certain montage of images is created. It is a research into the exhibition as an image. It is a decor, a testing ground, a playground, a temple ground where many voices speak at the same time. It seems to be a representation of an artistic practice and it seems to be a highly important aspect of this artistic practice.


So…


If I would be an interviewer, this last question sure would be about this aspect. But I’m not and this is not an interview so we leave it.


This is an artist statement.


If this statement would be 450 words, it would stop.


Now.