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A Few Questions for Simon Schubert, Germany's Paper-Folding Virtuoso

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A Few Questions for Simon Schubert, Germany's Paper-Folding Virtuoso
The artist Simon Schubert

NAME: Simon Schubert
AGE: 40
HOMETOWN/BASE OF OPERATIONS: Cologne
MEDIUM OF CHOICE: Mostly paper. Some works are made by folding the paper, and others by rubbing graphite into the paper. I process lots of different materials for my sculptures and installations.
WHY I MAKE ART/HOW I BECAME AN ARTIST: The hazardous curves on the road of life made me an artist.

 

CURRENT PROJECT

My current show—"Jenseits von Ideen" at Galerie Wagner + Partner in Berlin—includes installation, folded paper works, graphite works, and video.

Simon Schubert Show

 

WHERE I’M FINDING INSPIRATION NOW

Mostly through literature and film. 

 

ONE ARTWORK I CAN’T GET OUT OF MY HEAD (AND WHY)

René Magritte’sLa Reproduction Interdite [Not to Be Reproduced, 1937]. I don’t think Magritte was the most fabulous painter, but the philosophical level of his works and the way he works with perception and illusion are still fantastic.

Not to be Reproduced Rene Magritte

 

PERSONAL PANTHEON OF ARTISTS

Vilhelm Hammershøi, David Lynch, Samuel Beckett, René Magritte, Edvard Munch

 

STUDIO ITEM I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

My eraser! There is always something I need to remove from the white pictures—sometimes even cat tracks.

Poe House BostonUntitled (Poe House Boston), 2016

 

ART-WORLD PET PEEVE


Art investments as financial tools.

 

STRANGEST REACTION TO MY WORK

Someone once fell unconscious!

 

WHAT I’M READING

Right now, it's The Letters of Samuel Beckett, 1929-1940.

 

MY PROCESS

For my recent show at Foley Gallery I researched the places where Edgar Allen Poe lived, especially in New York. The works are a combination of real and fictional spaces imagined from his stories. They’re crafted by folding the paper—the image becomes visible solely through light and shadow. 

 

staircaseUntitled (Staircase), 2016

 

untitled roomUntitled (Room), 2016

 

staircase with figureUntitled (Stairs with Figure), 2016

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