Interview: Fant Wenger
Luca Curci talks with Fant Wenger during ALCHEMIC BODY at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space in London.
In Fant Wenger’s paintings, nature and technology usually collide in a rugged and momentous way. Not only is the chosen spectrum of colours powerful, the artist also places railway wagons, telephone poles, parabolic antennas or even a satellite in the landscape. These are surrounded by trees with extensive branches and undergrowth. Powerful and often bare, they cross the pictorial space. The paintings show a distinct dynamism, which is intensified by the size of the canvases. Light plays an important role in Fant Wenger’s painting. He selectively dips individual elements into glistening light, which in various works spreads out over the entire picture surface, illuminating it supernaturally and running through the room like jack-o’-lanterns. Which sparks jump here and what is sent or received in this world full of riddles? No causal or linear connection can be read. The artist gives hints through the titles, which can nourish suspicions, but without giving a real interpretation. The works of art of Fant Wenger already give a hint after a short look that this artist masters his craft very well. He does not leave any of his compositions to chance, but intensively deals with their meaning and implementation, until he finally manages to reproduce all his thoughts in a harmonious interplay on the canvas.
Luca Curci – What s your background?
Fant Wenger – I grew up in simple circumstances. My father was an architect, one of my grandfathers was an inventor and artist. The simple conditions gave me freedom as a child to spend a lot of time outdoors creating my own fantasy world.
LC – What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
FW – This question has in it! Well, when i was young I spent four days in a coma and survived. It is certainly the experience that has influenced my life and my art the most.
LC – What are you currently working on?
FW – I have been working on the “frequency” work group since 2016. Because this topic gives me great freedom of creativity.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
FW – Specific topics or questions that are always relevant to me are: what is contemporary art, what contribution can we as artists make to our society, and in what form can I convey my art.
LC – What is your creative process like?
FW – My creative process arises from the questions mentoined, from opposites such as aesthetics and abysses, from my fears and my confidence, from complementary elements between wich I can build up my painting.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society, and the contemporary art?
FW – I think the role of an artist in our society should be an avant-garde approach! The questioning, and the curiosity about contemporary relevant topics and the gift to grasp them should be faithful companions.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival, did it inspires you? In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
FW – The concept of the festival and the topic are
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
FW – The organization of the festival was very professional and smooth. As an artist, I had great freedom in which works I would like to present and also got the right place for them.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists? What do you think about our services?
FW – In any case, the LIQUID GROUP is a suitable partner for an artist. The opportunity to exchange ideas and plan joint projects is a privilege for me! I think this is how exhibitions can be realized which have a background and lasting effect.