Interview Sabina McGrew , Photographer, Los Angeles

 

sabinamcgrew.com 

https://www.instagram.com/binarama/

 

 

Where are you living?

Los Angeles

 

How old are you? if you don’t mind answering)

I’m in my 40’s.

 

What inspires you?

My daughter Faye, the desert, Jodowrowski movies and  L.A. weirdness

 

Tell me about what you do?

I’m a photographer, educator,  and-  as of lately, also a film maker

 

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

I get up 6.00 am and get my kid ready for school, check emails , organize jobs, work on ideas for photo /film projects.  When my schedule allows it I either go thrifting – I have been finding the most incredible vintage furniture and props – or I go hiking or to the beach. Since I spend a fair amount of time in the car driving , I listen to a lot of music,  and then there’s all these mundane mom duties like cooking, organizing etc.. By the time I read nighttime stories to my kid I’m pretty wiped out

 

What are some of your favourite sources of information?

At this point I rely heavily on the internet, ( I skim through NYTimes, the Guardian, BBC Spiegel online etc.. Teen Vogue does some great reporting these days ) even though my old school self really  loves reading actual newspapers –Normally I just don’t have the time unless I’m on a plane.

 

How has social media influenced your life?

I love it and I hate it. On one level Facebook helps me stay connected with my friends abroad and there’s all kinds of entertaining art world gossip but it is such a time sucker! After Trump got elected facebook became this rather dark vortex of information. Instagram is much more visual so there’s less to digest, but it can be also redundant and rather exhausting.  A while ago after some rain we had double and even triple rainbows in Los Angeles , and virtually, seconds later these images were all over FB and Instagram-  My feed was full of them.. I was like: Please no more triple rainbows!!! I simply couldn’t take it anymore.

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Interview Kat Menschik, Illustrator, Berlin/Brandenburg

http://www.galiani.de/autor/kat-menschik/1481/

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat_Menschik

http://www.galiani.de/buch/franz-kafka-ein-landarzt/978-3-86971-132-4/

https://www.amazon.de/Kat-Menschik/e/B00458A51C

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/cartoons/kat-menschik-der-goldene-grubber-12103504.html

Where are you living?

I live in Berlin and on the countryside in Brandenburg.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

Unfortunately, I will soon turn 50 – incredible.

What inspires you?

Inspiring me: my next surrounding environment, movements, attitudes, light, shadow, compositions, city, country, flora, fauna, sea, mountains, travel, reading, pinterest, facebook, as you can see but also the Jugendstil, The Modern, the 50s, 60s. In short: to look, to be curious, then I find everything I need!

Tell me about what you do?

What I do? Drink lots of coffee, some sport, not like other, but regular. Regularly meet friends, take short trips, work a lot in the garden, with the aim of creating a lush, colorful flower garden (and to maintain and maintain it), as a hobby potter (which in the end looks better than it sounds, I thing), Of course, draw a whole lot, draw, draw.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

A typical day: do not get up too late (but not too early) as I said: Coffee drink, black, without milk and sugar. Usually a little tidying up, because it must look quite right around me when I work. Then work without artist attitudes at the desk. mostly until the late afternoon. Then I make a real evening of work. Time for family and friends or hobby and garden, that is important to me.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?

Source: mostly Google, little Wikipedia, and what I like analogously

How does social media influence your life?

Social media: I’m trying to pull myself out a little, especially out of fb, It robs me of too much time and meaning. But continue to use it as a professional platform. Otherwise I hardly use social media, rather analog!

http://www.daserste.de/information/wissen-kultur/druckfrisch/videos/kat-menschik-video-100.html

http://mediathek.rbb-online.de/tv/rbb-Gartenzeit/Kat-Menschik/rbb-Fernsehen/Video?bcastId=3913628&documentId=39329088

 

Interview Vanja Crnojević, Co-Founder Borderfree association, Zurich /Greece/Serbia

Startseite

 

http://www.limmattalerzeitung.ch/limmattal/region-limmattal/schlieremer-fluechtlingshelferin-vanja-crnojevic-zum-ersten-mal-im-leben-war-ich-sprachlos-130101649

https://www.nzz.ch/gesellschaft/lebensart/gesellschaft/wo-die-wege-zusammenlaufen-1.18667809

http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/weltverbesserer/das-sind-momente-die-sich-einbrennen

EUR Konto – IBAN: CH58 0900 0000 9155 0838 2
BIC: POFICHBEXXX

Borderfree association
Zentralstrasse 156
CH-8003 ZüricH

 

Where are you living?

I live in Switzerland but from the beginning of refugee crises twenty months ago, my life is changed so I live two weeks in Greece/Serbia and two weeks in Switzerland.
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

37
What inspires you?

People who are changing their whole world.
Tell me about what you do?

I work with refugees on the Balkan route and we have a lot of projects and activities and thats includes from the first help to German language lessons.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

We don’t have tipical day, every day comes with new challenge and new problems, im offen on the way between Greece and Serbia in different camps.
What are some of your favourite sources for information?

Tv,Facebook,Newspapers
How does social media influence your life?

Social media sometimes is sick creation and sometimes help us in our job so I just can say that social media is depends how we are using it.

Interview Justine Otto, Artist, Berlin/Hamburg

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justine_Otto

https://www.justineotto.de/

https://www.instagram.com/ottojustine/

http://www.artfacts.net/en/artist/justine-otto-54656/profile.html

Justine Otto

Where are you living?

I have two opposite living surroundings. One is in the outback of civilisation where nobody comes around close to the river Elbe. And on the other hand I live in Berlin and sometimes in Hamburg.

 

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

i-m 42.

 

What inspires you?

Nearly everything can be a source of inspiration. For example music is one influence in my artwork. Some of my paintings have song titles .„Fourth Corner“ for example is a song titel from Trixie Whitley. For a while I enjoyed to visit abandonned places because the vibe of the just left and now forgotten has been a sparkling inspiration for me. I also collect old photographs and magazines as a source for my paintings.

 

Tell me about what you do?

I paint mainly , sometimes I make sculptures and collages. Art the moment I curate some exhibitions and do the graphical work for the cataloque for the next group exhibition i’ll be part of..

 

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

„A typical day“ looks like getting out oft the cosy bed and start everything with good coffee out of my ECM Cosmic coffee Machine. Than my lovely Labrador Minka wants to speed up and we go jogging in the landscape. Then I do the e-mail communication and coordinate the next exhibitions that will come. After a lot of green tea I finally start painting. I prefer to paint at night when I got the feeling to be complete on my own.

 

What are some of your favourite sources for information?

newspaper and radio,I love listening to radio programmes at night.

 

How does social media influence your life?

I have a fb site and I must admit that I found quite a few interesting artists on instagram. I think it`s a good source for discoveries. Sometimes I get fucked up with all this monitor staring and I stop it for a while.

Interview Ruprecht von Kaufmann, Artist, Berlin

https://www.instagram.com/ruprecht_v_kaufmann/

http://www.rvonkaufmann.com/home/

http://galeriecrone.com/

 

 

Where are you living?

In the South-West of Berlin – not the really hip part of town. Yet.
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

43

 

What inspires you?

Mainly literature and Music. For me the lyrics are very important when I listen to music. I am also a pod-cast junkie. But I have most of my best ideas, while running.

Tell me about what you do?

I am a painter. I create images that I hope will move people. Like trowing a roc into water and watching the ripples spread. Figures play a very important role: humans can’t help but react emphatically to images of people. That’s something I work with in my paintings.

 

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

I get up at 5:30, work out make breakfast and get the children ready for school. Then I go for a run with our dog. The rest of the morning I usually spend answering emails (or questionnaires ) and taking care of business stuff. I am a great believer in naps. I take a power nap of about 15 Minutes every day. After that I get started on my paintings. I work until 6 or 8 depending.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?

I read The New York Times and The New Yorker and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. But I also listen to NPR.

 

How does social media influence your life?

I started to use social media very reluctantly. Because I am self-employed, they are a necessity, like having a current website. I usually set myself a limited timeframe to spend posting onto or reading social media. As a source of information or to really foster contacts I feel they have very limited potential-

Interview Lars Teichmann, Artist, Berlin

Photo: AnnetteApel.com

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_Teichmann

http://www.larsteichmann.com/

http://www.artnet.de/k%C3%BCnstler/lars-teichmann/

Photo: AnnetteApel.com

Photo: AnnetteApel.com

Photo: AnnetteApel.com

Where are you living?

berlin

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering) –

36

What inspires you?

culture

Tell me about what you do?

painting

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?

wakeup-paint-sleep

What are some of your favourite sources for information?

books

How does social media influence your life?

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