Interview: Charlie Wayne

Charlie Wayne InterviewImage courtesy of Charlie Wayne

Interview: Charlie Wayne

Luca Curci talks with Charlie Wayne during OXYGEN – FRAGMENTED CITIES+IDENTITIES Jorge Jurado Gallery.

Charlie Wayne (France, 1975) is a visual artist obsessed by the place of reality in a world where image is queen. His fascination for photography arises from feelings experienced at the age of 14 when he discovers the work of photographer Anton Corbijn.
Teenager, his parents give him his first Polaroid camera, which probably led to his affection for the square format. His passion for music brings him to concert halls where he gains his first recognition as a photographer.
Often made with double reading, his work seduces with its dark new wave aesthetics. In his mind, Charles Manson, murderous star-made icon appears composed with the faces of its victims often relegated to the media plan, while the mythical and erotic Marilyn permeates from little Norma Jeane faces, careless, before she was bruised by fame and the highest levels of political influence.
Monaco and London contemporary art prize nominee, his work about aesthetic violence, memento mori and human psyche has been shown worldwide including New York City, Bogota, Seoul and Berlin.

 

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Luca Curci – Can you talk about your artistic work? Which are your inspirations?

Charlie Wayne – My work is a lighting of the duality of the human, between image and identity, between passive consumption and a quest for truth. I am obsessed with the place of identity and reality in our world, and how we betray them (or not) in our lives, or after death.

L.C. – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?

C. W. – Celebrity, melancholy, the easthetic of violence, life and death are themes that inspire me, but always with a “historical” look, I am inspired by books, stories, old photos, strong media images , that I try to bring back to the essential: the human psyche.

 

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L.C. – What is your creative process like?

C. W. – I draw my material in fragments of real life, Internet imagery, newspapers, magazines, movies… I plan on my studio wall, and I photograph from various angles in order to symbolically capture their energy in the manner of souls thieves. Imperfects like humans, deformed by the camera angle, more or less intense according to the exposure, I use these hundreds of pictures as many pixels I assemble in mosaic to create the final image.
By this means imposing a double reading, I invite the viewer to both movement and introspection: if the overall superficial picture is made to be quickly seen at distance (as we sometimes fly over our own life), the deeper meaning is perceptible as we approach it, until we touch the real.
Each work can thus be seen as a lighting of the duality of the human, between image and identity, between passive consumption and a quest for truth.”

 

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L.C. – Did you style change over the years? How?

C.W. – I think my work is deeper, more intimate. I dare more, and frees me of some codes that I could impose at the beginning of my creations. But at the same time I am still obsessive about the themes that haunt me!

 

L.C. – What do you think about the concept of OXYGEN – FRAGMENTED CITIES+IDENTITIES? In which way did inspire you?

C. W. – Fragmented identities could be a subtitle for my statement!

 

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L.C. – What role does the artist have in society? And the art?

C. W. – Art is a cry, a tear, a kiss, a therapy, a testimony, a resistance, a breath, both a whole and a nothing. Art is both human and foreign to humans. It may be what makes it so special. I think that the artist is both the child who survived the world, and the adult who refuses to submit.

L.C. – Do you think It’s LIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
C.W. – I hope.

 

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