“Vaskebjørn 1” “Pærlekjede” “Geir”
“I’ve been through a lot, but not the good kind. I hope there is more love.”
Q & A:
JULIAN KARLSEN (30)
CO: What do you do?
JK: I paint pantings and sometimes make sculptures.
CO: What are you currently working on?
JK: Hospital visit, writing, painting and drawing
CO: Tell us about your work.
CO: What are your strengths?
JK: Sometimes I can work a lot.
CO: What are your weaknesses?
JK: Sometimes I can’t work.
CO: Describe your personality.
JK: Humble & cute. Generous & positive. Negative & talented.
CO: What drove you to become an artist?
JK: I couldn’t pay attention in class and I couldn’t write so I just drawed and kept on drawing.
CO: What was the first thing you ever made and called art and how do you feel about it now?
JK: I can’t remember. My mom posted something from when I was nine years old some months ago. A drawing of a Rene Magritte style man wearing a hat and the text «mamma» under. I like my mom better than the drawing.
CO: What would you say is the artist/artwork that has affected you most?
JK: Everything Picasso. First thing comes to mind is Picassos Premiere Communion.
CO: What would you say is the biggest misconception about art?
JK: Illustrators are not artists. Value in works is important. Putting yourself in your work is important. You can see it in a work of art if you can put your work away for months and still consider it good.
CO: How was your exposure to art and design growing up?
JK: Can’t recall anything special from school and my mom wasn’t very interested in art. My dad lived in London and showed me some museums later in high school.
CO: Who were your early influences?
JK: My mom, and she still is.
CO: Do you have a secret project?
JK: Karaoke and falling in love
CO: How do you see the future?
JK: Hard. Like a steep hill.
CO: Are you a perfectionist?
JK: I was.
CO: Can you live a normal life?
JK: I dont know.
CO: Have you ever thought: This should be so much more than that? If yes: About what?
JK: Ive been through a lot, but not the good kind. I hope there is more love.
CO: Do you ever have doubts about your carrier choice?
JK: I did try architecture but that didn’t work out. There’s not much else I can do.
CO: What harsh truths do you prefer to ignore?
CO: Is free will just an illusion?
JK: Yes, your subconscious is your guide.
CO: Where do you find meaning in your life?
JK: Through suffer and joy.
CO: What is the most important goal every person should have?
JK: Be nice to each other.
CO: If all your memories were erased, what kind of person would you be?
JK: All of my interests is shaped by my experiences and I would probably just not be a person. Maybe less empathic.
CO: Are there limits to human creativity?
JK: No. People have been on the moon.
CO: Is human creativity just rearranging and building on previous ideas?
JK: Always, if you’re not a genius.
CO: If you could ask yourself a question, what would it be?
JK: More drinks? YESSSSSSSSSS