Don William Bingemer
Who are you? What do you do?
I paint. Rethink. Throw everything over board. Then I paint again.
Where are you from?
I was born and grew up in Cologne. Recently, I moved to Melbourne.
Your style in 3 words?
Intuitive. Powerful. Questioning.
Your weakness? Your strength?
I find myself avoiding conflicts at times where it would be better to face them. I am reflective and have high emotional intelligence.
What makes you different?
I have a passion for sports and stocks. A stock trading, sports loving artist is different. At least that’s what I have been told.
When did you decide to become an artist?
I have always loved being in my dad’s studio when I was young. Becoming an artist myself was surely a tempting thought for a long time, but it wasn’t until three years ago that I bought my first canvas.
What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?
It is an exciting journey. It for sure doesn’t get boring and it is a constant confrontation with yourself, the people and environment around you.
A few words about your favourite creation?
It’s the process that is my favourite. Works which I have been struggling with can appear much more appealing once they have been surrounding me in the studio for a while. That can be the opposite as well. There is no standstill, even though it sometimes feels like it.
Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…
There are too many to name. I used to sit for ages in front of a Rothko or a Richter, when I went to the Tate in London. Generally, it is not just artists which inspire me. It’s athletes. It’s scientists like David Attenborough. At last it’s the people around me. My family and friends.
Who would you like to work with someday and why?
Joseph Beuys. I know he is dead and his art is not very appealing to me. But that’s what makes it so interesting. I have been to the MONA in Hobart lately and I did not like the experience. But I wasn’t disappointed, because I learned to understand more of what I don’t like and why I don’t like it.
A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?
Already working on it. Stay tuned.
Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“
The sustainability of our planet. Health.
2019: Where are we going?
My goal for this year is to have my second exhibition. After I had one in Vienna last year, I would like to exhibit here in Melbourne.
When the going gets tough…
Running the Albert Park track gives me something different to think about.
Your city’s favourite spots?
The beach as well as the botanical garden are always great places to go to. Riding the bike up along the Yarra is also on top of the list. Surely my studio is on of my favourite spots as well.
Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?
I think the higher, further, faster mentality is amplified by the digitalisation. Mushrooming artificial intelligence can be a destruction of one’s individuality and therefore something we should handle with care. It’s not that I can’t see the benefits, but it frightens me at the same time.
What would you do if you could change the World?
I think people should be more considerate. Regarding our fellow human beings and our planet. It is a tough challenge to start with yourself. I am trying to question what I do constantly. If I am convinced that my thoughts are of a good outcome, I share them with the people around me.
If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?
Tell us about your future plans…
If I can make art which makes people discuss, dislike and like that would be great.
Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?
One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“
Stone & art.