Interview: Jörg Hummel
Luca Curci talks with Jörg Hummel during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, the third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Joerg Hummel is an exciting German painter with international exposure. His artwork has been sold to private collectors worldwide. His painting ritual is a long process of discovery, personal connection and work, and he intends for each piece to be free of set messages or interpretations. He is interested in ideas of destruction, reapplication, time and movement, and these explorations are present in both his finished works and the process of creating them. His thoughts on artwork: pictures are media; they transport ideas, emotions and experiences from the painter to the viewer. The process of creation is finally completed by the viewer. his perception determines the result. He is part of the artwork. the artists pictures should therefore not provide a finished interpretation. They are often without a formative title which already sets mental filter.
Luca Curci – What are you currently working on?
Jörg Hummel – A 160×80 cm sized painting in a portrait format.
LC- What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
JH – I am working in the hightech/IT industry. My education was a humanistic one with the ideal of the human being with an holistic knowledge. My artwork is a kind of contradiction to pure technology. I think there are hundreds of experiences and influences. It is not the specific experience, but more of an evolutional process.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
JH – I had always a variety of style directions. Some of them full of motion and patterns Over the last years I preferred to reduce my artwork to pure color and structure – let’s say the essence of an artwork.
LC – What is your creative process like?
JH – It is a process, that takes weeks or months. I often start with a color scheme, that will vanish nearly complete, after the work is done. I apply layers and layers of different color schemes, always interrupted by phases of thinking and planning. It is a creative dialogue with the work. I believe, that an artwork should have a color history to get a soul. Also it is important for me to build up the frame and fix the canvas on it by myself – this establishes a personal connection to the artwork right from the start.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
JH – The most difficult phase is when the work is 95% perfect. It could happen, that I have to restart again, because the attempt to bring the artwork to 100% failed.
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?
JH – Originally I had planned to be in Venice 2020 and exhibit my work „Red (Landscape)“. Due to the pandemic limitation I postponed my visit to 2021. Meanwhile „Red (Landscape)“ had been sold to a collector in the USA and I worked on a brighter version of it. The idea was to create a painting representing a landscape without the typical characteristics of one. The result was „I love Red…and Red loves me“. This one carries a lot of the DNA of „Red (Landscape)“.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
JH – I have selected my artworks, that are presented in the exhibition, with a focus on reducing landscape views to pure color and with an mediative effect.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
JH – It is my first experience with ITSLIQUID and I found it well organized and structured so far.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
JH – Yes, in todays world it is important to have a mix of digital and onsite events. Most of my works have been sold on online events, but it is also important to present art in real life.