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Jasmin Edelbrunner, a contemporary beatnik.

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“Well, yes”, she said., oil on canvas, 120×150 cm, 2020 installation view: “The Noise of Painting”, copyright Jasmin Edelbrunner

“The universe expands until the giant exhales again.”

Name
Jasmin Edelbrunner

Profession
visual artist

Website
jasminedelbrunner.info

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© Jasmin Edelbrunner, 2020

Who are you? What do you do?
Jasmin Edelbrunner, applying paint on canvas.

Where are you from?
Vienna.

Your style in 3 words?
A contemporary beatnik.

Your weakness? Your strength?
Doubt. It’s my strength and also my weakness.

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“Time”, oil on canvas, 120×150 cm, 2020 (installation view: “You Can Call Me A.I.”, copyright Jasmin Edelbrunner

What makes you different?
I think I can count myself lucky that, when looking at art, I was able to preserve the ability to have a view from the outside perspective.

When did you decide to become an artist?
I’ve been working on projects for as long as I can remember. But it took me a long time to understand that what I did is similar to what artist usually do. So at first I had to go the long way until I finally got there. Like the most people, I had a very stereotypical idea of art. Now I’m trying to leave these clichés behind me.

What do you find most fascinating about your work?
For me the most fascinating thing is that if I want, every day can be completely different. No other job can offer me this freedom.

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“We Paint”, digital video, 01’13’’ (loop), 2020 (video still), copyright Jasmin Edelbrunner

A few words about your favourite creation?
Usually my favourite creation is always the project I’m currently working on. And I’m really sorry, but I’m not able to talk about work which is still in progress. But I can tell you the title: “Mixed Reality Feelings”.

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…
I immediately think of a neighbour of mine who I don’t even know. The neighbour, in the apartment building where I live, is a musician. This person practice the violin for hours every single day. Listening to this musician, following his/her passion, is the most inspiring thing I can imagine. And Yes, we’re very thankful that she/he is not a beginner.

Who would you like to work with someday and why?
I would really like to work with Jim Jarmusch someday, because he once said that if too many people like his films, he get scared and thinks he did something wrong. This way of thinking makes me smile. And of course, it would be an honour because of his incredible work!

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“the noise of painting”, oil on canvas, 90×110 cm, 2020 installation view: “The Noise of Painting”, copyright Jasmin Edelbrunner

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?
Lately I’m obsessed with the phrase “This isn’t art.” I start to listen attentively when someone says this sentence. These moments are becoming increasingly rare in a time of aestheticizing our entire lives.

Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“…art.

2020: Where are we going?
Hopefully not in circles.

When the going gets tough…
…just panic for a little while and then go back to work.

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“Memo”, oil on canvas, 150×190 cm, 2020, copyright Jasmin Edelbrunner

Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?
We’ve finally agreed that neoliberalism is a system that does not eliminate social injustice but reinforces it.

What would you do if you could change the World?
UDHR = reality.

If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?
The universe expands until the giant exhales again.

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“☂️” (umbrella), digital video, 00’23’’(loop), 2020 (video stil), copyright Jasmin Edelbrunner

Tell us about your future plans…

I’m participating at the digital Artist-in-Residence program of Prelude Projects during August. It was originally planned as a regular AiR in NYC, but was postponed due to the pandemic. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to create something digital!

Your city’s favourite spots?
I don’t have favourite spots, but I love to stroll around the city and take little breaks in coffee houses and book shops.

Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?
Today it’s „When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin.

One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“
„or“.

Your #…?
#jasminedelbrunner