Six questions for
Daniel Wagener

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Daniel Wagener.

Artist Daniel Wagener
Lives in Brussels / Luxemburg
Website https://danielwagener.org/

How do you describe your own art practice?

I generally only do it when forced to, only because I always think what I’m doing at the time of describing it cannot possibly be the final form. So I tend to be very vague.
I take pictures, I am a printer and graphic designer and I absolutely love building stuff out of bricks and wood.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

What do my images mean? And how can I lead the viewer to think that I absolutely know what I’m doing? Generally, that leads to questions about support, technique and space. Also, I like to have a bit of humor in my projects, life is dull enough, and I don’t like depressing exhibitions.

What was your first experience with art?

I think that would be miniature painting as a teenager, at least at the time I I thought I was a great artist.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Building stuff.
I love to renovate all sorts of things. From buildings to bikes to furniture. There is something soothing in taking things apart and putting them back together. Understanding materials and learning new techniques. Often, these side projects lead me down to a new rabbit hole and I end up taking it up in my art projects.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Time and space, also food and money.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Anne Brugni’s Book ‘Vie Immobile’ printed at Extrapool. As a Risograph printer myself that book just floored me. The printing, the images, the rhythm it’s perfect.

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