Maria Chiara Valacchi: Do the place where you work, the light you use to paint and the “horror vacui” of the blank canvas; generate an essential relationship or are elements detached from the final result?
Henning Strassburger: I moved the studio 6 times in the last 10 years, therefore I have no romantic feelings for my studio. It is a clear practical space, where I can think, but I don’t generate ideas out of the studio. I go and work and by the end of the day, I have thrown so much turpentine on the canvases, that I have to run not to die from lung embolism
MCV: Do you approach the question of language with attention or do you think that the research of a personal and unusual identity is far from the real goals of making Art?
HS: I like my paintings to be storytelling, although they are considered abstract. And by storytelling it is automatically attached to language
MCV: When did you realize you are a professional painter?
HS: I just watched youtube tutorials about oil painting and found out, that I am really not a professional painter. More a very good amateur painter who is trying hard
MCV: Explain your work on a technical level: materials and construction of the work of art.
HS: Someone wrote a headline about my paintings lately saying „Henning Strassburger = How to clean dirty brushes“. Technically that’s more or less the truth I have to say
All Images Courtesy of the Artist
Around The Studios
Interview to Henning Strassburger
Four short questions by Maria Chiara Valacchi to renowned painters around the world; from the conceptual problem of "Language" to the relationship with the space where they paint, to virtually enter inside their studios and minds!
"Around The Studio" is curated by Maria Chiara Valacchi and Antonio Di Mino