Interview: Daniel Unger

 Interview: Daniel UngerImage courtesy of Daniel Unger

Interview: Daniel Unger

Luca Curci talks with the artist Daniel Unger during CONSCIOUSNESS of ANIMA MUNDI festival 2017 in VENICE.

Daniel Unger lives and works in Germany. Although Daniel‘s artworks are mostly made up of illustrations, drawings, sketches and paintings, he also delves into the creation of small, surreal animations and other motion design projects. His main source of inspiration were the works of many outsider artists, such as Mark Beyer or Sam Steinberg. Daniel successfully completed both the BA in “Communication design” in Germany and the MA in “Visual and digital communications“ in England. His arworks were shown in exhibitions in Berlin, Germany and Wolverhampton, England. His latest works were part of the ANIMA MUNDI festival in Venice, Italy.

 

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Luca Curci – How is being an artist nowadays?

Daniel Unger – I feel very conflicted regarding the current situation that most artists find themselves in. On the surface, one might think that there hasn‘t been a better time to be an artist than today, and with good reason: There are so many great tools and techniques at one‘s disposal, many styles to discover and choose from, a lot of experienced artists to learn from, countless galleries and communities that one can join. All these options, however, create sort of a dilemma for artists: What exactly are the right tools that one should use? How can one gain a foothold in galleries, when there are so many artists competing for the same spot? Does one‘s art really stand out enough from the rest to get noticed? I think that getting overwhelmed is one of the main problems about being an aspiring artist in today‘s time: Sifting through all the “noise” and finding your style, your audience and your niche takes time and, most importantly, dedication.

 

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L.C. – What are you currently working on?

D.U. – Besides filling my sketchbook with drawings, I have two major projects that are keeping me occupied at the moment: The first one is a book that I‘m in the midst of writing. It is a consortium of short stories, each one consisting of a bleak, depressing premise that, through the actions of weird and almost bizarre characters, gets driven to the point of absurdity. The second project involves a dream diary of mine. I‘m working on short animations, each one revolving around a dream that I wrote down in said diary.

 

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

D.U. – I try to not restrict myself by sticking to one specific theme. Whatever vision I have in my mind, whatever idea that I foster, it will be brought onto paper, regardless of the theme, context or mood.

 

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L.C. – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

D.U. – Besides finding enough free time, the hardest part for me is successfully getting the ideas or the vision in my mind onto the canvas.

 

L.C. – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?

D.U. – Going by the definition of Anima Mundi being an invisible energy behind all the natural and the artificial elements that has the power to transform and evolve, I tried to bring said hidden energy into consciousness. This very powerful energie is depicted as these complex forms and shapes that flow through the body of the person in the painting, thus making it observable for the human eye.

 

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

D.U. – Yes. The different events, exhibitions and interview opportunities that you are offering to artists is very valuable and every little bit of exposure helps.

 

L.C. – Would you suggest cooperating with us? What do you think about our services?

D.U. – Definitely! I love how forthcoming and helpful everyone in the ITS LIQUID GROUP is and I‘m looking forward to future collaborations with the organisation.

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