RENE WAGNER

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© RENE WAGNER

PLEASE, INTRODUCE YOURSELF. WHAT'S YOUR BACKGROUND?

Hello, I'm Rene Wagner Sports. In the broadest sense, a sculptor.

CAN YOU REMIND HOW AND WHEN YOU BECAME INTERESTED IN SCULPTURES AND GRAPHICS?

In my old job as a car painter I saw many damaged cars. The owners wanted them to be fixed but i thought they were ready and really aesthetic. That's now 16 years ago.

CARS ARE A RECURRING ELEMENT IN YOUR WORK. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT IT? WHAT’S UP WITH THIS FASCINATION?

I like the idea to customise the own vehicle individually. Just as the boys from the village screwed in their barns and proudly present the result at bus stops. I work in the atelier and present my works with a similar intention in galleries.

Just as the boys from the village screwed in their barns and proudly present the result at bus stops. I work in the atelier and present my works with a similar intention in galleries.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OWN CAR IF YOU HAVE ONE? DO YOU CUSTOMISE IT AND TREAT IT AS SCULPTURE AS WELL?

My car is a boring station wagon. it's not a sculpture, otherwise (i think) i would have become an autotuner.

 © RENE WAGNER

© RENE WAGNER

 © RENE WAGNER

© RENE WAGNER

YOU ALSO SEEM TO BE VERY “LOGO ADDICTED”, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE STRENGTH OF LOGOS AND THEIR ROLE IN YOUR WORK?

I grow up with Michael Schumacher. from that time on i knew Malboro. Advertising had a a great value in my television youth. Through graffitti I learned even more how important it is to spray your own name as a brand.

CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR GRAFFITI PERIOD. WHAT WAS YOUR NAME AND WHAT WAS YOUR STYLE OF CHOICE?

In 20 years of graffiti you will experience a lot and do not talk about it. We should keep it that way.

HAVE YOU EVER DONE COMMERCIAL WORKS? IF YES, DOES YOUR CREATIVE APPROACH CHANGE?

Yes, no.

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© RENE WAGNER

 © RENE WAGNER

© RENE WAGNER

ONE OF THE THE THINGS I FIND INTERESTING ABOUT YOUR WORK IS THE MIX BETWEEN TRADITIONAL MATERIALS, LIKE CERAMICS, AND CONTEMPORARY GRAPHICS AND COLOURS. IS IT A CONTRAST YOU CONSCIOUSLY WANT TO EXPRESS AND COMMUNICATE?

Yes, that's my youth (forever young).

I CAN SEE THAT MOST OF YOUR INSPIRATION COMES FROM YOUTH MEMORIES. WHAT WAS YOUR CHILDHOOD LIKE? HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN CREATIVE AND WANTED TO BE AN ARTIST?

In my childhood I was a lot outside or alone in front of the tv. I broke many things outside in a creative way, as I would say. as soon as I knew the word artist (very late!) I wanted to be one.

FUTURE PROJECTS?

My own pretty bus stop in a nice gallery. Chilling with friends and family.

 

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