The New Vanguard – Artist Profile: BORIS FAUSER
Interview JUSTIN ROSS
4SEE puts a spotlight on young artists from the international art scene whom we deeply admire for their explosive talent and limitless creativity. We respect them even more for their tenacity in the face of overwhelming odds of fame and success in the hypercompetitive artworld. Their incomparable ability to let us share in feelings, emotions, ideas, issues, and concepts that count make us want to take a second and third look at their work. But it is their genuine passion for their art that comes through when you speak with these heavyweights of the art world in Berlin and New York—two of the cultural capitals of the world.
Name Boris Fauser
Medium Painting, Mixed media
Based in Berlin
Find more at www.borisfauser.com
Did you always know that you were going to be an artist?
No. I started with art very late, when I was 22 already—before that my interest in art was pretty superficial. I started to study Philosophy back then and engaged myself in art through Aesthetics, all of a sudden I began to paint, mostly during semester breaks, but for fun only. After I graduated I came to Berlin, got myself my first studio and started to do it seriously, at that time I was 26 already. One year later I had my first group show in a very cool non-profit space in New York, which was my first show ever.
Do you find the art world cutthroat and competitive, or is it also supportive and community-minded, or something in between?
I have the impression, that most of the artists don’t like to share their connections, that they have to collectors, curators, or dealers with other artists—there is a lot jealousy about food. Plus there are a lot of gallerists and collectors who just want to rip you off. But there are also some cool guys in the art world of course.
What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far?
I don’t know, if this is my biggest accomplishment, but it s a cool story: There is a really important collector from Mexico. He bought four paintings of mine. I thought, well, he is gonna store them all in storage place with the other young artists he bought anyway, waiting what will happen with me in the art market or whatever. Then I met him at Art Basel again and he showed me a picture of one of my paintings hanging in his house close to a Rothko. With a wink he said: “Can you deal with it sharing the room with Mark?” Thanks to his wife, she loves that work so much obviously.
Does art always need to be relevant? Is there a place for aesthetic indulgence, or do politics come into play in your motivation?
Art doesn’t need to be relevant at all. In my case I’m influenced by abstract expressionism a lot. So my work is more about things like form, color, shape in the first place. I like to play with youth—and pop cultural aspects sometimes though.
If not politics, then what are the key sources of inspiration for you?
Instagram – haha!
What is it like to live/work in Berlin?
Living/working in Berlin is great of course, but the Summer here is too short and too cold mostly for my liking, so I am thinking about moving to LA maybe.
Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time, where would you like to see your artwork and at what scale?
I think every artist dreams of having a big solo exhibition in one of the leading museums like MoMA or Tate Modern etc. one day. Up until then I keep on working in my studio from 10 to 10 everyday.