- You have a nomadic attitude to genre, working in painting, sculpture, architecture and installation. Are movement and travel important to you?
I need to work in different mediums because my work is in between two and three dimensions - the process of making relies on a dialogue between the two. The architectonic installations deal with a similar set of problems as the objects and photocollages, e.g. playing with the sightlines of the viewer, skewed and unreliable perspective, and an impossible or non-functioning interior.
Travelling is not a neccessary part of my working practice. Sometimes it opens the eyes to be in a foreign city, especially how you perceive the urban environment and architecture. Travelling for me is rather a nice perk, as I make site-specific works and need to build the piece in situ. I enjoy very much spending time at the exhibition space in a unfamiliar environment as I always find new influences and encounters.
- We live in a world where our experience of reality has been vastly accelerated by technology. Does this inform your practice?
I want the viewer to become aware of his own perception of space and his own movement in space. The emphasis is on slowness rather than acceleration.
- What next?
In September I have a solo show at Nettie Horn in London. I am planning to build a materialized double exposure in the gallery space. The project will address how new technology like photoshop influences our way of seeing and filtering the world. I want to dematerialize the space with the material object.
- What are your top 5 trompe l'oeil artworks and why?
Although I would be hesitant to categorize the work as 'trompe l'oeil', I do like a lot Jan Dibbets' 'Perspective Corrections'. In these works, Jan Dibbets questions the still predominant notion of truthfulness in photography – the notion that photography depicts the world without interpretation. His interest lies in photography per se, in an analysis of the qualities that constitute the medium – such as the rectangular shape of the photograph, the monofocality of the camera eye and the laws of one-point perspective.
A few other artworks I enjoy (in no particular order):
- Ariel Schlesinger 'Netally and I' Two mysterially curved Pencils. I like the playfulness and surrealism that inhabits his works.
- I also enjoy work that involves anamorphosis like that of Georges Rousse, Joseph Friedrich Leopold, and Markus Raetz
- Then I was very impressed to see San Satiro Church in Milan which is not an artwork but architecture. The church has been modified by Bramante who foreshortened the perspective of the apse to make it appear much deeper than it is.