“In the end, it’s all about the sum of the decisions and the final destination.”
Where are you from?
Born in Poland, raised in Hamburg
Your style in 3 words?
straight talk, what you see is what you get
What makes you different?
When did you decide to become an artist?
Never decided this, things just happened. Oddly enough, the art teachers at my school were the only good ones, and that’s how I ended up going to art school. There was no way out obviously. I mean what else to do?
Do you choose your art form, or does the form choose you?
Is there really anything to choose from? There are ideas or conceptions of something, sometimes quite crude, sometimes very detailed and subtle. I see it more as a way of steering, like driving on the highway, where you have to choose one exit or the other from time to time. In the end, it’s all about the sum of the decisions and the final destination.
What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?
It’s like that “being with yourself” moment. Or the complete abstinence from the world that surrounds me all day every day. I like the physical, something that I can see growing in front of me in whatever form, something that I can compare to my imagination. And then there is the daily disillusionment with how severely limited my own abilities and skills actually are.
A few words about your favorite creation?
I really like one of my current works. It is a flag that has the layout of a museum sign and describes itself, for example by specifying the size and materiality. It is currently being shown at Schloss Düneck near Hamburg.
What surprised you most about your first art shows?
The gallery owner. I guess we all have to learn it the hard way.
Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…
I love the work of Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Rauschenberg is great, always have been a Becher Schule fan, Gursky, Struth & Co.
Who would you like to work with someday and why?
Rick Rubin – just watch an interview with this guy and you will understand.
A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?
I go on holiday now.
Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“
Life, and that’s why art is important. But honestly: My dog – Hartmann.
2023: Where are we going?
Unfortunately, my clairvoyant abilities have quit the service.
Do you think about time as an artist?
If I set up or build an installation that is site-specific, then the work has to be ready at a certain point, it absolutely necessary to plan correctly and schedule your tasks during the setup, so you know if you are on time. Good time management can be crucial, or the work may somehow remain unfinished. Time is not the central theme of my work but I like to work late at night, when everybody is sleeping, especially when working on my computer.
When the going gets tough…
Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?
The world will be hopefully better than the one we live in. We won’t be carrying our display batteries in our pockets anymore. Of that, I’m 100% sure.
What would you do if you could change the World?
Maybe something similar to Nas and Lauryn Hill?
What does freedom mean when it comes to art?
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If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?
Lights are blinding my eyes
What was I thinking about? Ah who cares, I’m mashed
People pushing by and walking off into the night
Totally fucked, can’t hardly fucking stand
This is fucking amazing (The Streets – Blinded by the Lights)
Tell us about your future plans…
I go on holiday. 3 weeks road trip Amsterdam, France …
Your city’s favorite spots?
Since we have a dog, we visit the parks a lot. I like to go to Rehberge or Treptower Park. Hartmann loves it.
A book that everyone should read…
The daily Newspaper
Last but not least: what is your favorite Song?
Still DRE – Dr. Dre
One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“