Legato :: Simon Schubert
Legato :: In a manner that is smooth and connected
by Jenny Doh
JD :: Tell me a bit about your upbringing. Was it a home filled with creativity that you grew up in?
JD :: There's something haunting about your works. Perhaps because many feel like empty houses. Like ghosts might appear. Is this your intent? How do you feel that a viewer has this reaction?
JD :: Have you ever creased and folded colored paper?
SS :: I've tried this sometimes but the color takes away the shadow in some way. I've done some black works and they are very nice. They have a different qulity than the white ones but they are not that special. White paper is my favorite material by far.
JD :: I understand that you are inspired by Samuel Beckett, for which reasons I can't fully explain, make complete sense. His works were minimal and complex at the same time, I think ... much like your works. Have you thought of Beckett during your creative process?
SS :: As I wrote above, his works are actually the reason for me starting with the paperworks. Probably the first twenty works had a direct connection to some texts or rooms or images from the texts. Later, other influences became important also, but still Beckett remains an important influence to my work.
JD :: Think fast and say one or two words that come to mind when I say ...
- London :: calling
- museum :: what's this?
- paper :: I'm loving it
- fingernails :: don't chew them
- paint :: Bacon
- breakfast :: Ham
- snow :: Dash
- fear :: Angst
- Godot :: Estragon
- Max Ernst :: Die Jungfrau züchtigt das Jesuskind vor drei Zeugen
- clay :: Cassius
- telephone :: no connection
- money :: to burn
- America :: NYC
- Donald Trump :: the most unimportant person to me
- 1976 :: good year
JD :: When a piece isn't going well, or when you make a crease that is unintended, what happens to it? Does it go into the trash?
SS :: Most of the times, it is lost. Only if it is a very small mistake I can restore the work.
JD :: I'd love to know about your typical day, and the people in your life. What is your day like? Who are the people you interact with? Who do you love?
SS :: I start working when my kids go to school and most of the time I work until the afternoon or evening. My studio is in the same house where I live. My wife and kids are the people I love and with whom I spend the most of my time.
All images are provided courtesy of Simon Schubert. To learn more, visit www.simonschubert.de.