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Interview: Charlie Wayne

Interviews | January 25, 2017 |

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Interview: Charlie Wayne

 

Luca Curci talks with the artist Charlie Wayne during FUTURE LANDSCAPES of BORDERS festival in Venice on October 2016.

Charlie Wayne is an outsider artist born in France where he currently lives. Monaco and London contemporary art prize nominee, his work question the identity, the fame and the place of reality in a world where image and marketing are kings, even after death. Often made with double reading, his work is inspired by pop culture and 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 Jeanne faces, careless, before she was bruised by fame and the highest levels of political influence.

 

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Luca Curci – 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?

Charlie Wayne – “Little Norma Jeanne” is a portrait of Marilyn Monroe made from 10 000 pictures of her when she was a child. It is a part of my Angels series which focuses on geniuses that, because of pressure, or because fame could not fill some gaps, succumbed to suicide or various abuses that caused their death. In each portrait, Mexican Catrinas meet post-mortem photographs of the Victorian era. The message is that fame kills innocence. In this series I made portraits of Amy Winehouse, Alexander McQueen, Michael Hutchence… These artworks combine the well-known commercial/media image, the forgotten innocent childhood and death, sometimes the ultimate step in their marketing plan.

 

L. C. – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did this experience inspire you?

C. W. – I think it is an interesting concept to mix different kind of art for different kind of people.

 

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L. C. – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

C. W. – I’m a self-taught artist. Teenager, my parents give me my first Polaroid camera, which probably led to my affection for the square format. My passion for music brings me to concert halls where I gain my first recognition as a photographer. There is not a specific experience that influences my work but an accumulation of experiences that inspires me. When I was a teenager, I discovered the work of photographer Anton Corbijn at a Depeche Mode concert. His work on black and white, contrasts, blur … For someone who uses few technologies and privileges the snapshot, his pictures are of intensity and a depth that touch me particularly. In my work, instantaneousness and accident are integral parts of the process : I draw my material in fragments of real life, faces, magazine covers, movies, I plan on my studio wall, and I photograph from various angles in order to symbolically capture 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 recreate the final image.

 

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L. C. – What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

C. W. – The best advice I have ever been given is probably to make no concession with myself. But it was a advice as a human being, not only as an artist! Being self-taught I had the chance to experiment for myself, far from a critical eye (whether positive or negative) and thus assert myself artistically. This allows me today to welcome the criticism much more serenely. I am what I am and this is reflected in my approach. And I have the feeling to connect with people who are sensitive to my work.

 

L. C. – What do you think about It’s LIQUID Platform? Are you interested in future collaborations with our organization?

C. W. – The platform is for me a good way to discover and follow artists that we would probably never have known otherwise. The festival took place in very pleasant places. I think it is also a way of bringing art within everyone’s reach. And of course I will be delighted that you invite me to exhibit at a future event! We keep in touch!

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