Interview Alexander Binder, Artist, Stuttgart

 

http://www.alexanderbinder.de/

Where are you living?
Stuttgart, Germany
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
41
What inspires you?
Gustave Moreau, meditation and history books.
Tell me about what you do?
I’m a photographer interested in all things mystic, surreal and occult.
Actually I’m trying to take images of things that are invisible to the eye.
What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
It depends on the weekday. From Monday to Thursday, I’m earning money with my
day job to support my photo journeys.
Friday to Sunday I spent most of the time on reading, watching out of the window and
improving my photography.
What are some of your favourite sources for information?
I’m pretty old school … besides some online-magazines, mainly museums and
libraries.
How does social media influence your life?
I like to use social media. Nevertheless I appreciate the approach of American author
Jonathan Franzen. Social media should serve us to start conversations in real life
and widen our perspective. Not to replace it with some kind of digital mirror, where
we constantly stare at ourselves.

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Interview Oliver Groene, Artist, Berlin

http://www.jarmuschek.de/oliver-grnewerke

http://www.olivergroene.de/Arbeiten.htm

http://www.codex-berlin.com/

Where are you living?

Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg/Pankow

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

48

What inspires you?

Good painting as a painter, good music as a musician. Where “good” means that within the respective structure, I can recognize a consciousness of the means and history of the medium and a will to overcome that state of consciousness.

Tell me about what you do?

I work as a painter and as a musician. Both as “workers” in the above sense.

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

As an artist, I take the liberty of not having a regular day (that’s why I’m an artist in a subversive sense), as a human being I have to plan the day very well: getting up, doing human things, then being an artist, having the work to do.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?

Everything that my brain can grasp, be it digital or analog.

How does social media influence your life?

It is a gratification of vanity (which is an inherent part of my vocation), unfortunately only for a few moments.

 

Interview Marco K Galli, Comic Artist, Montichiari

https://www.facebook.com/videogalleriadigalli

https://fantakazzemberg.blogspot.de/

https://apehands.wordpress.com/

 

Where are you living?
Montichiari, a small city in the North of Italy.

How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)
46

What inspires you?
Everything I can see, or I can smell, touch or dream about.

Tell me about what you do?
I’m a Comics Artist, Character Designer, Writer and human, I hope so.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
Awake safe, doing art, listen to music all day long, drink wine with a nice and smart girl and… stay alive.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?

Books, web, TV.

How does social media influence your life?
Sometimes they influence my body, but never my life.

Interview Adeline Spengler, Artist, Paris

http://adelinespenglerphotography.format.com/

https://www.instagram.com/adeline_spengler/

 

Where are you living?
I live in Paris

How old you are?
I’m 46

What inspires you?
My prime inspiration source is nature. I love its beauty. My pictures are made outdoors in natural environment. I’m also inspired by photographers such as Sarah Moon, Francesca Woodman, Saul Leiter, Ernst Haas and Masao Yamamoto. My mixed media paintings aim to evoke oceans, wind, earth and fire. My favourite painters are Gerhard Richter, Kandinsky, Chagall, Jackson Pollock.

Tell me about what you do?
I’m a photographer and a painter.

What’s the structure of a typical day like for you?
I’m used to stay up late because I love working at night. I’ve recently left my art director job so I can work full time on my artwork. I like to challenge myself so I try to do a painting a day. I also do photographic work. I’m currently setting up a trip on a very small island in French Brittany. Traveling is a way for me to gather inspiration and come up with new ideas. I also spend a lot of time in art shows so I can keep entertained. Paris is a great place for art.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?
I use the internet quite a lot. It’s a great way to follow artists and understanding what’s happening in the art world. I also read a lot of french photo’s magazines such as Fisheye magazine, Polka magazine, 6 mois.

How does social media influence your life?
I use social media to keep in touch with my friends. Facebook & Instagram are also great places to interact and connect with other artists.

 

Interview Ira Konyukhova, Artist, Moscow

https://www.kair98.com/

https://www.instagram.com/falscheweisse/

Where are you living?
Right now I live in Moscow, although Iʼm moving to Braunschweig at the end of
January 2018.
How old are you? (if you donʼt mind answering)
33
What inspires you?
Usually something we try very hard not to notice it.
Tell me about what you do?
Video/Installations/Sculpture/Writing
and even photography
Whatʼs the structure of a typical day like for you?
I usually get up at 10 am – sometimes earlier, sometimes later, I try my best
anyway.
Then I have breakfast until 11.30. I know itʼs long, but I need this time to prepare
myself mentally for the day.
Then Iʼm usually working, writing script or review of the exhibition, or the
applications. Or Iʼm doing research, working on the projects regarding
conceptualizing, visualizing, or cutting the film out of shot material.
Itʼs usually very vague, even for me.
Then Iʼm going to the openings if there are any, or for a walk for an hour, or I’m
reading something Marxist.
End.
What are some of your favourite sources of information?
Marxist books, exhibitions and exhibitions catalogs, Facebook, Russia Today
and Tagesschau.
How does social media influence your life?
Immensely. Whatever time I get up, the first thing I do is to check my Facebook.
Usually not because I’m expecting something interesting happening there, but
because staring at the screen emanating white light is the best way to
understand that you’re not dreaming anymore.

Interview Giorgio Eazy, Graffiti Writer, Karlsruhe

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/giorgio-eazy/id989727692

https://www.giorgioeazyart.com/

Where are you living?

I’m living in Karlsruhe
How old you are? (if you don’t mind answering)

I was born 1977

What inspires you?

The wonder of life inspire me. Any Form of Living. All the big ‘things and small

Tell me about what you do?

Maybe its easier to tell you what I don’t do. I’m a graffiti writer

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

Wake up, pray, work do my things at the end of the day i thank the most high for the lessions and experieces. Then i go to bed.

What are some of your favourite sources for information?

There are no typical. Exchange with people that I meet in my life and internet

How does social media influence your life?
Most of the content don’t catch my attention there is too much things that confuse people or try to manipulate them. I use it to show the people some of my works

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.

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 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-