Interview: Marc Kockelkorn
Luca Curci talks with Marc Kockelkorn during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2021 at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
BODY. A man, a body. That’s me. Ratio off. My body. Made up of flesh and blood, bound by mass and shape. Both together subject to gravity. Lost in advance, however strong. Resignation.
LUST. The pure, raw energy in my body. That’s me. Ratio off. The urge becomes a compulsion. Animal instinct versus self-control. Primitive longing for that other body. My brain, drenched in testosterone. Lost.
LIFE. Naive curiosity, regardless of the reason. That’s me. Ratio off. Childlike enthusiasm: that’s what counts. Go full, without a doubt. Complex-less and amazed, time and time again. Undeniably positive. Completely free.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Marc Kockelkorn – I was born into an art-loving family and my mother made sure my mind stayed open and free. I’ve been a visual being all my life and drawing came naturally to me. At art school, I picked up my figure drawing and anatomy and mastered every must-have art skill. I’ve been making art ever since, meanwhile, I earned my living as a creative in advertising. Two years ago decided to get my work into the open!
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
MK – I try to tap into a feeling or mood and then work as fast as I can, to eliminate my brain as much as possible. It’s a physical thing. In a robust style, I make monumental works that should speak for themselves. I combine recognizable and figurative elements with abstract shapes in an almost graphic style.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MK – The hard part is trying to be true to yourself and not get distracted by trivia. Stay real. I’m always trying to look beyond the clichés to find what’s really there, and see for myself apart from rhetoric, religion or conventions. To create something unique & universal at the same time.
LC – What is your creative process like?
MK – I try to listen to my body and sink into my genes as a human being to create something that connects to everybody. My work is a search for a naive and almost tangible visual story about life that’s strongly connected to our body. Tap into the most honest en powerful human drivers and create something universal. My work is often sexual or driven by a natural desire within me that draws me to women. So I try to look at who we really are without shyness or shame. This connects to a deeper universal level.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MK – My art is becoming more and more graphic. Less focus on how it’s painted or the technic. I’m always aiming for a strong iconic image. I don’t like it when people say that’s beautifully made.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
MK – An exhibition about ‘body language’ in a country where the David is sculpted and the Venus is painted? Yeah! Our body is our home, it’s the temple we live in. To honor and praise the human body with an exhibition is wonderful. Through our bodies, we experience the world around us and connect to each other and ourselves.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
MK – My painting “Blindspots” is a very personal work and connected to myself and my body. The spots on the back and head are the stories we carry along in life, but are not visible to everybody. No matter how strong you are, we all have them, big or small. Everyone connects to the painting because you feel it in your body when you see it. The ‘over the shoulder’ perspective allows us to connect with our own story and reminisce about life. Time to reflect. The golden background creates and timelessness and gives a comforting feeling.