BB: What are your beginnings as an artist? Was there a definitive moment that made you realise that you were an artist?
DB: Well I have started to paint graffiti when I was 14 years old. I never considerered that I’m an artist when I was fucking up the trains and walls. I think it had more to with doing something that you like, it was not the ”graffiti art ” it’s action and the whole game related to graffiti in the 90’s . I don’t not how a artist should feel, I do see things…. there is no definitive moment so far as I know I just do my thing something that I like to….. nowadays we call it art, is it because I did the RCA ? I’m just a human being that has a strong interest in expression and reflection on issues.
BB: The way most people see artwork today is online, do you think of this when you are making work and how do you think this changes the relationship between the viewer and art?
DB: I know I do it too, we adapt to circumstances we live in. To be honest I don’t think about the virtual world at all when I make work, of course you can’t compare the real thing with something you see on your bright and shiny iPad. But how is it if I have to see the Mona Lisa in Louvre, she is behind the perspex, well that is too extreme example but that is life. Of course it changes if it’s the physical presence of what ever you see in real life. I’m sure you are not scared of the mad rhino when you see it on your TV but that will change the case when you will see it for real…. run darling run I hope it’s not a hungry mad rhino.
BB: Materials seem to play a large role in your work (fur, gold and glass). Tells me more about your fascination with materially?
DB: Yes, yes the material. I like it a lot to work with different materials by doing that I don’t feel any limitation. Most of the time I don’t get bored because of the wide range of possibility’s and choice. Well I think each material has its’ own character and personality, so I really like to move various materials out of the original context or mix it up with something….. I can call it manipulation of the reality, so far the reality is real…..(I mean the rhino on TV).
BB: Describe the relationship between your photographic and sculptural work?
DB: Photographs, are one of the mechanisms of the ”art” processes that lead to something. The relationship is that the snapshot looks real, but its nothing more than a fixation of the moment and a detail of the past. It’s more or less like paintings the story is happening inside the boundaries of the frame.
BB: What artists or movements have influenced you most?
DB: I just can’t say that I have a favourite one. I do like Martin Creed, especially his songs, they are amazing. The props made by Matthew Barney, are fascinating as well. I also like the 99p store and the Poundworld I would be very happy to hear if one of the contemporary artist was behind the concept.
BB: Has living and working in London changed the sort of work you are making?
DB: I think it’s London and a fact that I have became a father that made me see thing a bit different than before.
In terms of London…. things change without even being aware of it. I call it mental unconscious pollution.
You can’t avoid it so far you can see, smell and hear things…. I love London !
BB: Tell me about any unrealised or upcoming projects?
DB: I would love to but I can’t, I’m not that far yet…. there are things going on for sure.
BB: You briefly mentioned your adverse reaction to reading the £12 Million Stuffed Shark. What do you think about working in the contemporary art market and do you think you consider the art market while making new work?
DB: Well the book is fine and it sure is good to know how thing go. But I think you don’t have to take it to serious, to avoid nightmares or any other funny dreams. I don’t know if I think about the art market. I don’t think so because I’m not in the market game.
BB: I was watching this programme on Cornelia Parker and she said that she thought all sculpture was inherently violent because of the physical process. Do you think this is true for your own work?
DB: Well if you compare sculpture with painting or drawing, she is right. It can be true but it all depends on the work.
Daniel Bragin is showing a new body of work at upcoming show SLUSH with Bosse & Baum.
10 – 12 Exhibition Road, SW7 2HF
Exhibition 3 – 14 October 2013
PV Wednesday 2 October 6-9PM