Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Garry Loughlin.
Lives in Brussels
How do you describe your own art practice?
I am a visual practitioner who primarily works with photography. My interest is in documenting the complexity of the everyday and to seek out the subtleties of the apparently mundane. Whilst I use traditional photographic processes for creating my work, I draw inspiration from visual qualities found within film and cinema as a way of establishing narrative and use the camera as a filter for stepping away from the closeness of the real. My work is driven by a curiosity of people and I seek to capture unguarded moments, whilst using images of a wider locale, to convey the atmosphere connected to the relationships I establish with the people I photograph.
What was your first experience with art?
No “first” experience comes to mind. As a child I remember drawing characters from the Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoons. There was a time I dreamt of becoming an animator.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
I listen to a lot of podcasts which sometimes leads me to a new avenue of research. Reading, walking and conversations are the main sparking points for me.
What do you need in order to create your work?
My camera and a comfortable pair of shoes.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on a project along the Wallonia/Flanders border, as well as looking into the economic powers of the Virgin Mary.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
Jon Rafmans virtual reality-experience “View of Pariser Platz” during the Berlin Biennale literally surprised me and left me breathless at one point.
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