SIMON GUSH

2CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

SG: I don’t know how to answer this. I have always wanted to be somewhat without a specific style, maybe something more fluid.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

SG: I look in as many places as possible. I think more about how to filter out what I want, than where to look. I am very interested in the history of labour and unions in South Africa. In what is happening outside my door on an everyday basis.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

SG: I try and read a lot, and research my areas of interest. It creates a base knowledge and a prism to us to interpret. While doing that I am looking for images, something that sticks in my head. From this I try and work out why the image stays wit me and what it says, and build on that.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

SG: I would like the audience to engage with the topics of the artwork but I don’t want to over determine the process.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

SG: I have a fairly normal life, I think.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

SG: No, there is no right way. I tend to bounce between the two continually. Sometimes it starts with an idea and sometimes an image. I think for me it only works when both image and idea have a relationship.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

SG: Art is a great way to think through complex problems and ideas. If I am trying to understand something, making art about it helps me to understand it better. Hopefully that allows the audience to have some of the same experience.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

SG: Yes, in the sense that the way your art thinks should mirror how you think. That way it will always be personal.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

SG: I don’t know. I don’t think it is hard if it is something that you love.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

SG: To many things to name.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

SG: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, he has influenced me in so many ways. But especially how he talks about art.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

SG: Technology is a great tool and can help in many ways depending on what you need. For instance I think it is great that the new cameras have made filming so much cheaper and more accessible.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

SG: Yes. But I also think it is the same for everyone. What work you do will always make you see the world differently, visible aspects can be taken for granted by others.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

SG: I love traveling and would like to do more if I could. But my favorite city is the one that I live in. I love Johannesburg. It will always be my home, ever if I move away.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

SG: I have lots. But the one that has had the biggest impact in my art is Ernesto Laclau’s On Populist Reason.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

SG: Keep producing. I am working on some ongoing series’ of work. I like to think more about production than distribution.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

SG: It means having the tools to think about and understand better the world I live in.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

SG: I always like the aesthetic to follow the concept. Let each work demand its own treatment.

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