Charles Husser has a fantastic show opening at Genève Art Contemporain with an opening on 17 November! I love the dialogue between sculptural forms and paintings, the gestural character of the paint and rough-hewn bodily forms in wood. Find more at his Instagram account linked after the Q&A!
Can you tell me a little bit about you?
I grew up in Pornichet, a small seaside town. As soon as I finished college, I began to tag along everywhere with friends. Around the age of 16, graffiti was the most important thing for me. Now I have my studio in Toulouse. I managed to get back to Beaux Arts, but left after a year; I was painting too much for them, and they told me that I should have gone to fine art 40 years ago! Today I have had a gallery for 4 years and currently, in view of the evolution of my work, I am looking for new space, new galleries!
When did you first discover art, or did you want to make it yourself?
I was born to a painter father and a visual artist mother. Since when I was very small, today it seems obvious to me!
What do you like most about working where do you?
The emotion that gives me my tools and the painting material.
What ideas are you exploring in your practice?
Today I work on the “Members of my family,” foot, hand, arm, knee… it is an excuse to make shapes that affect me. My practice is evolving thanks to new tools (the chainsaw, for example).
What is your process like?
I go to the studio every day, at least to sit and watch, sometimes spend 12 hours without going out.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever had to do for art?
Make what a gallerist asks me to sell!
Do you have a day job or other work that you split your time between?
I cook. It is also a job that I like, in its emphasis on creation.
Do you have a mentor, or a piece of advice (or both), which has your practice?
Georg Baselitz, Victor Hasch (my father)
What is your studio like?
It is in an industrial wasteland, without running water.
Do you have any routines or rituals in the studio that get you into the mode to make your work?
Turn on the radio. I enter the studio and I turn on the radio immediately.
How significant has art school been on your practice?
How would you define “success” in art?
Freedom, without this affecting your relationship with the galleries!
What is the most exciting thing you’ve done so far, related to your work?
Gone into the street to paint and or install paintings on the street without asking anyone!
Are you involved in any collaborative or self-organized projects?
Yes. We are opening spaces to expose in abandoned industrial sites.
What are you working on right now?
I’m carving a knee and an arm.
Find more on Instagram @charles_husser!