giovedì 17 luglio 2008

Interview with Chris von Steiner

q)What is your name?

a)Chris von Steiner.

q) Where do you live and work?

a)I’m Parisian, but live/work in Brussels since 2008.

q)What is your creative process like?

a)First comes the concept of the project. Let it grow until images come to my mind. Begin to work randomly on various studies. When satisfied with about 10 of them, begin to work on the final pieces.

q)What is your favorite medium?

a)Print on canvas

q)What is your current favorite subject?

a)The series I’m working on now is mostly about the loss of innocence when you grow up as an adult.

q)How long does it take for you to finish a piece?

a)From 1 to 3 weeks, depending on the size and the subject.

q)What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?

a)Hope it is yet to come.

q)Are there any contemporary artists that you love?

a)They are so many, but if I have to choose, I would say Gilbert & George. Because of their slogan “Art For All”, because they place a striking importance on the role of the viewer of their art, because don’t want their art to be elitist, because they want to be understood by the vast public in general, and most of all because their art is - as they say - “ … full of content and meaning and thoughts. And feelings. An art for people in fact.”

q)Can we buy your art anywhere?

a)Yes, upon request directly from my website or in the galleries where my work is or have been shown

q)What is your best piece of advice for those who would like to rise in their level of artistry?

a)Look deep in yourself. Find who you are, what you want to express and why. Work, work, work.
Never forget what makes you unique.

q)What inspires you to keep going when the work gets frustrating or tough?

a)The fear of dying before achieving the project I’m working on.

q)How do you describe your work to those who are unfamiliar with it?

a)It’s quite narrative, but in an abstract way… I like the idea of people making their own stories out of my work.

q)What kind of training did you have which helped you achieve your current level of artistry?

a)Writing novels in the late 90’s helped me a lot to know more about me and what I wanted to express.
Before that period, I worked for many years as an art director in advertising, and this kind of job, even if highly frustrating if you’re an artist, is a very good training to be creative “on demand” and to focuss on a project in a very short period of time.

q)Is there a tool or material that you can’t imagine living without?


q)Who are your influences?

a)To name a few, in no particular order: Larry Clark, Dennis Cooper, Jeff Koons, Michelangelo, Dubossarsky & Vinogradov, Egon Schiele, Chiho Aoshima, David Bowie, Antony Micallef, David Lynch, Takashi Murakami, Camille Claudel, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Gilbert & George, Walt Disney, Jenny Saville, Gustav Klimt, Matthew Barney, Peter Paul Rubens, Paul Mc Carthy, Maurizio Cattelan, John Singer Sargent, Gregg Araki, Rita Ackerman, Harmony Korine, Hayao Miyazaki, Henry Darger…

q)What inspires you to create?

a)Dreams, fears, frustrations, fantasies, teenage/chidhood memories, death, love, sex, nature, music…

q)…your contacts…


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