Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Kai Richter.
Lives in Dusseldorf, Germany
How do you describe your own art practice?
Well, I get up in the morning and can’t wait to get to the studio. I am still curious. This is my motor. Mainly I work with construction/building materials and found things somewhere close to construction sites. As an example, concerning the work six concrete rings. I saw a guy throwing them away into a container. It was junk to him. I stopped my car and got the remaining rings. I was leaning them against each other. The simplest way I could think of. That was it. The world is full of stuff and my task is to see and understand it. On the other hand, I work with the given space. Spatially based and location-related. The work takes advantage of the given space. It can only be built there. It can only exist there. The rest of my time is filled with studio work.
Which question or theme is central in your work?
The work refers to space. The given space dominates the work. A room appears full to me. Definitely not empty. That is the reason why my works are sculptures. The construction materials cut through the filled space. Mainly to give some answers and to ask questions according to space. The work assumes that construction sites are of timeless beauty. The end results of the architecture are usually not.
What was your first experience with art?
As a kid I spend a lot of time in the U.S. Two things my mother forbid me, was to watch Batman and Goyas “Third of May” painting. My grandmother had a lot of art books. I always was fascinated by art.
What is your greatest source of inspiration?
It is the world around me. I get everything out of it.
What do you need in order to create your work?
My brain, some tools and a little help from other people.
What work or artist has most recently surprised you?
I came across the work of Keef Winter via internet.