REDMILK MEETS THE ARTIST CHARLIE ANDERSON. WITH HIS WORK TAKES US ON A VISION OF A DECONSTRUCTION OF CULTURE, WITH UNIQUE CREATIONS MADE OF FRAGMENTS OF IMAGES AND WORDS THAT LEAD TO A CONCEPT RELATED TO THE EPHEMERAL NATURE OF LIVE.
How would you describe your art to someone who doesn’t know your works?
I make large scale paintings using spray paint or acrylic, inspired by contemporary culture and painted to look like layered and fragmented billboards.
Who or what has been the most important influence on your work?
It’s the excitement I feel when a painting comes together, or when a new concept or technique is developed. That’s the thing that influences me to keep going and reaching for every time I embark on a new idea or painting.
In your creations you re-elaborate and deconstruct concepts taken from our daily lives. What does the contemporary world represent for you?
For me it’s more about asking questions than having answers. I can’t specify what represents our contemporary world; the way I make work is a response to my existence.
Could you share with us a quote, from an artist from the past, that could in someway represent your creative vision?
The first one that springs to mind is by Gerhard Richter “it is a danger to wait for an idea to occur to you. You have to find the idea”.
What are the words you repeat to yourself the most?
It’s another quote, by Henry Ford this time “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right”.
What was the last thing that made you say: “wow”?
A blonde girl from London called Charlotte.
Tell us something more about your “A Startling Expose” project.
It came about because I wanted to find something to film. This was the first film I made, partly to document the process of making a painting as you only really see a painting when it’s hanging on a wall, and there is often so much involved in the creation of a painting. I also always wanted to be a filmmaker, so it was a chance to experiment with filming and editing for the first time. The painting itself was inconsequential really it was just the right size for what I wanted to film.
Do you prefer to work on a typographical or illustrative basis?
I wouldn’t say either, to a degree it’s a design basis but ultimately it’s painting. I like layout and composition and typography and a strong concept, it’s a process of composing those elements on canvas using paint.