February 2017_by Federica Tattoli
Fasi Lunari, curated by Francesco stocchi and Albert Oehlen, gathers together the works of Albert Oehlen and six young artists his former students. The show is an overview exclusively devoted to painting, unfolding almost like the story of an intense creative exchange born at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, where the artist taught from 2000 to 2009. Oehlen has followed his students over the years, even beyond his role as their professor. He has continued to support them in their growth as artists and has befriended them even after their art academy days. Here the interview with Max Frintrop (1982, Oberhausen, Germany), who analyzes the spatial properties of color and form building abstract compositions through heavy brushstrokes.
FASI LUNARI is a group-show curated by Francesco Stocchi and Albert Oehlen, your professor at Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, how is working with them and with your old school mates?
How would you present your work?
Like a Sunday breakfast.
Where do you make your works?
In my studio and also half asleep.
What is painting for you, which is your personal idea of painting?
Thanks for the question. I am still working on that.
What can’t be missing from your worktable?
A collection you wish at least one work of yours was part of?
Museum of Art New Berlin on Mars.
A museum where you’d like to have an exhibition?
The museum which really wants to show me, where it would make sense.
The market or your need to express?
Lightness or depth?
Day or night?
A question you’ve never been asked but one you’ve always wanted to answer? Answer that question...
Where is the beach? That way.
Could you briefly describe one of your latest works?
Trying to paint a world with one brush stroke.
What are you reading?
Right now? Alfred Bester and Haruki Murakami.
Where would you like to live?
Where I can work and life well and focused.
Do you have reference artists? Artists you’d like to work with?
Vaguely, DeKooning and perhaps Pasolini, Frank Stella, Hartung. Its constantly shifting. I don't believe in cooperative art so much.
A project, related to art, that you’d like to do?
There is an idea for sculptures going around in my head for a while now.
If you weren’t an artist, what job would you like?
Animal Filmer was one of the earlier other thoughts.
Let’s imagine a group show. Who would you like to exhibit with?
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, seriously.
Yes or no to curators? If yes, who would you choose?
Yes. I don’t know.
A dream of yours?
I used to visit some places regularly in my dreams for example an urban Utopian environment with lots of space.
Ph. Agostino Osio
Installation view, first floor, Fasi Lunari, Fondazione Carriero. Left - Max Frintrop – Amon Düül, 2016, Pigments, acrylic, ink on canvas 200 x 150 cm, Courtesy the Artist. Middle - Peppi Bottrop - … of election, 2016, Graphite on rug, 340 x 240 cm, Courtesy Jan Kaps. Right - Albert Oehlen – FM 58, 2011, Oil and paper on canvas, 200 x 230 cm, Private collection
Amon Düül, 2016, Pigments, acrylic, ink on canvas, Courtesy the Artist