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