A Vision Beyond Earth
Silhouette glasses have accompanied astronauts on over 60 space missions. For their latest adventure they travelled to a different kind of space.
Where eyewear meets art
At Silhouette we understand the symbiosis between our eyewear and the aesthetic world. As such, we endeavour to work with visionary creatives.
For one of our latest projects, we combined forces with artist Clemens Wolf who created a 10-foot-wide paper-mache model of the moon for our Journal magazine shoot. The painter, sculptor and installation visionary also spoke to us about his inspirations.
Interview by Norman Kietzmann.
Where do you find your motivation as an artist?
The search for that unrepeatable moment. Many of my works depend heavily on light. Because light is never the same, there’s a very sensual potential in the way we perceive it.
An image can be static, but it is changed by the effect of light. This triggers a mental association or a memory in the viewer’s mind, which is always something very personal.
When are you most inspired?
Because my work is usually quite messy, there’s the clean-up afterwards. Cleaning is a purifying process where I collect the leftovers by hand. You could say I’m having a dialog with my own work.
I think about whether I really need to get rid of something or whether it might potentially lead somewhere.
What puts you in a good mood?
Realizing that I made the right calls and that the end product lives up to the initial vision. It’s like the weight suddenly falls off my shoulders and I feel like all my hard work has paid off. After that, I keep working until everything is wrapped up and the next cycle can begin with a new series.
What kinds of topics are you drawn to?
At first, I used to call my works landscape painting because I’d choose things like ruins, fences, or wastelands as motifs. Those two-dimensional works slowly evolved into sculptures made out of fencing materials. I was interested in boundaries: limits of perception, limits of possibility, limits of the imagination. I also want my work to break the taboo of art being untouchable. I encourage my viewers to touch the works, as long as they are careful.
Artist Clemens Wolf created a
10-foot-wide paper-mache model of the moon for our Journal magazine shoot