INTERVIEW: ERIC HUBBES | ITSLIQUID GROUP

INTERVIEW: ERIC HUBBES

Interviews | September 11, 2021 |

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Image courtesy of Eric Hubbes

Interview: Eric Hubbes
Luca Curci
talks with Eric Hubbes during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.

I was born in London and spent my youth in Frankfurt and then in Cologne. With a French mother and a German father, I speak these two languages fluently. After one year in Scotland at Glenalmond College, where my focus was on Fine Arts, I speak English quite well and by then I knew that Art was my passion. But first I had to assure myself, that the life of an artist is not the easiest way of living. After my Abitur, I looked for certitude and attended classes in Geoscience and Mathematics at university before coming back to Art. I then developed my skill in design and aquarelle in Cologne and Acrylic painting in Bonn, at the Alanus Art university. I decided to study Fine Ars at the School of Arts “HKU” in Utrecht. After three successful semesters, I returned to Cologne to pursue my own path, the university I felt was too restrained for my creativity. Since then, I live and work in Cologne and exhibit mostly in Europe since 2017.

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Image courtesy of Eric Hubbes

Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Eric Hubbes –
I try to rediscover the very first muse paintings I produced like “The eye of the Dragon”, “Looking for an Appartement” or “Argument with my Father”. They had a certain aura and were painted on paper. With the experience I gain through my artworks I hope this re-discovery will give me new insights. Meanwhile, I continue working on my own style and experiment with form shape and colour. My original idea to explore my unconscious is always present. I continue to explore even more the unconscious, the boundaries of reality and the human mind by painting as intentionless and free as possible.

LC – What are my thoughts during painting?
EH –
I think about the composition and the aesthetical features of my painting, but also about the life around me and my relationships, which do not have necessarily to do anything with my art but liberate my mind. My future projects should reinclude aspects of my thoughts and feelings even more than before.

LC – Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
EH –
I like to listen to music occasionally. Depending on my mood, it should be a fitting background that motivates and drives me on. One habit before I paint is also to get ‘warm’ by drawing small sketches and making notes in a small sketchbook.

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Image courtesy of Eric Hubbes

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
EH –
I find my inspiration through my new paintings themselves and older works of mine. Every painting is a different world. Else so, I also find inspiration by straying through the city looking for cultural activities. Looking at old and new temporary art inspires me. I also like to take the feedback of others.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
EH –
It depends on the painting itself. Some paintings demand more attention for precision, others are more instinctive, but will still need a certain distance. They are two points. The sense of perfection and distancing oneself by going one step backwards and being patient. It is sometimes difficult not to overdue work. Another challenging part is the beginning of new work and getting the feeling of how to proceed.

LC – Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
EH –
Visitors rarely give helpful feedback. Most of the time they compare me to other artists, which is not instrumental. Actually, those who provide feedback about my kind of painting help me a lot more, because then I can decide if I want to drop or enhance.

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Image courtesy of Eric Hubbes

LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
EH –
I appreciated the fact that it pretty much is matching the intentions I pursue in my art. I want to wipe off pre-existing borders of reality between humans and be able to convey messages. Messages from the unconscious should be more visible.

LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
EH –
My exposed artworks did already exist before. But they correlated particularly well with the theme of the festival. I think that also other examples of my artworks could have fitted the concept because all my works open gates to new spaces and new visions.

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Image courtesy of Eric Hubbes

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
EH –
I liked the fact that every artist was filmed and interviewed in front of his own works. It creates a closer connection between the artist and the beholder. Concerning the danger of the present situation, the security precautions that were taken gave a feeling of safety. The spectacles in the palace were inspiring to watch and it renders pretty much the feeling of opening boundaries between the humans by creating synchronicity. All the artists differed from each other and proved how the concept could be represented differently.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
EH –
I think a collaboration sounds like an excellent idea. But for now, I intend to put my emphasis more on my future projects. I have been exposing quite a lot in the past years and I want to use the time for concentrating more on my progress. I think the staff was very nice and welcoming. But I would suggest more exchange between the organizers and the artist during the vernissage. We missed this interaction. I like the spaces and the cleanness. Every painting was well illuminated and exposed. The exposition was easy to reach for visitors. I like the fact that in our hotel in Venice, we found a flyer for the exhibition. It shows that ITSLIQUID GROUP took good care of advertising for the exhibition.

LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
EH –
I enjoyed cooperating with you of course because you were well organized and always reachable and reliable.

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Image courtesy of Eric Hubbes
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Image courtesy of Eric Hubbes
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Image courtesy of Eric Hubbes
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Image courtesy of Eric Hubbes
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Image courtesy of Eric Hubbes

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