Six questions for
Nicolas Pelzer

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Nicolas Pelzer.

Artist Nicolas Pelzer
Lives in Berlin

How do you describe your own art practice?

It starts disorganized, with many uncertain guesses, then turns into something distinct and absolute––something that I finally expect to be ruptured in front of the viewer.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

Topics change over time but there is a certain basis in the background that seems to remain. I think my work arises from an interest in the relationship between us humans and the tools that we produced in the past until today. There are essential questions left about the universal belief of technology since the beginning.

What was your first experience with art?

I can’t remember what came first. Was it the installation of Jenny Holzer and Bruce Nauman during a Museum visit? Or was it my art teacher at the beginning of my high school time, who as a former Beuys student and had a very unusual way to approach art? I cannot really tell.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

There are various inputs that surround me daily and sharpen what I find interesting. I am researching indeed a lot online and this sometimes leads to conflicting results. On top of this, final ideas come from strange encounters with absurd objects of every day life such as cut-off fingernails.

What do you need in order to create your work?

I need a strong inner urge, almost a childlike one, to approach something unfamiliar that leaps from our daily perception.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I recently saw late works by the artist Enrico Baj. It was kind of irrational sculptures and assemblages from the years 2002–2003, which were made from water pipes, valves, and pumps. It reminded me of the early 20th century science fictions but without falling into too great nostalgia.

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