Interview: Walter Böhm
Luca Curci talks with Walter Böhm during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 8TH EDITION, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
My name is Walter Böhm, I was born in Genoa in 1993, and I celebrated my birthday on September 1st. After my artistic maturity at the Klee-Barabino of Genoa, I obtained the specialization in Painting in the Visual Arts department at the Ligustica Academy of Fine Arts. I chose painting because I come from a family of artists (painters, musicians, actors), even if for economic reasons my grandparents and my parents have dedicated themselves to other activities. My family has helped to cultivate my predisposition for art (Theater acting is another passion of mine), trying to promote it and allowing me, despite their economic limitations, to make my art known in the most competent cultural environments. Since 2019, I have begun to exhibit some of my works in the following group exhibitions and competitions: in July 2019, I took part in the collective exhibition “Traces of Contemporary” at Palazzo Ducale, Genoa with the artwork “The every day that collides with the otherworldly dimension”; in October – November 2019 I participated with the triptych of the “Danza della Morte” in the collective exhibition “ME-WE” promoted by Divulgarti Eventi at Palazzo Saluzzo – Palazzo dei Rolli, as part of the Rolli Days in Genoa; in December 2019 my work “The two white deaths in a black key” received critical feedback and was selected for the SaturArte 2019 competition. In December 2020 the work “A dance so beautiful it leaves you breathless” was chosen by the jury to participate in the national competition SaturArte 2020; in June 2021, the digital work “La Mela della Rabbia” was selected and exhibited at the 4th Biennale di Genova 2021, and in October 2021 my “Mela della Rabbia” is selected also by the Artistic Director of ITSLIQUID GROUP, the Architect Luca Curci, and his curators for the 8th edition of the international exhibition Contemporary Venice 2021 – “Mixing Identities” which is currently held at THE ROOM Gallery in Venice.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Walter Böhm – For me, art is the expression of my soul and through it I bring back to my canvas what I see from my inner window, keeping it open to the real world.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
WB – I have no thoughts that can distract me from the paint on which I work. Before starting a new work, I prepare the work table by putting what is strictly necessary to be able to start drawing, then depending on what type of work I decide to do, I add the material I need at the moment. Mine is what is called a “work in progress”.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
WB – My thought is equivalent to the current thought, today’s artist is a citizen of the world because he is not necessarily relegated to having to bring his art exclusively to his country of origin, but can, indeed must deal with other realities different from his own. and make new experiences that can benefit your cultural background.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it reasoned or an instinctive process?
WB – Almost all the subjects I choose are not random but there is a deep motivation behind them, such as when I want to deal with social topics that involve life and death, popular struggles for the defense of civil rights and a religious/philosophical nature between the human being and nature. The human body in all its forms remains my favorite subject.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
WB – I feel satisfied because I was able to represent the subject according to the concept I set myself.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
WB – My work is freely inspired by the theory of the diffused Mind – “The Spread Mind” of the philosopher and professor Riccardo Manzotti. Although it predates your show, I believe it is pertinent to the “Mixing Identities” theme of this show.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is this connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
WB – The message I want to convey with my work “La Mela della Rabbia (The Apple of Anger)”, which refers to the subject from which I was inspired, that is ‘The Apple of Eden’, which contains in itself both the positive and negative aspects of knowledge and of human consciousness, wants to make the observer reflect on the connections between positive and negative emotions and the daily life of our existence. The two themes are connected because my work expresses the exchange between one’s moods and emotional reactions and the experience of one’s relative world, which is precisely the centrality of the theme you want to deal with in this exhibition.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
WB – In my opinion, it can be an opportunity to have greater visibility in prestigious locations presumably frequented by art lovers.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
WB – Yes.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
WB – If there is an opportunity, I will speak well of you. I think you are well organized and that you take care of both the artwork and the artist himself.