Interview with Mathias Höglund
1. How important is time within your work?
I work in series. I do this because I often start with a vague idea of what I want to do and work until I find something other than I first thought of. The series is a way of exploring and develop what I want to communicate within the idea. To think of time in this way of working is very important, sense I don’t know what it will be when I first start. One painting gives the idea to the next and so on. I have never thought of time in relation to my art, but it is a natural part of my process. Within the work time is visible in the different layers, an archeology of paint that you can dive in to.
2. What are you currently working on?
I am working on my BFA-exhibition.
I am also at the starting point of my next project. It is related to this, but I will go deeper into abstraction.
3. Do you listen to music while working?
Sometimes. I think that music can disturb me while I am painting. It can very easy influence my work and most of the time I it is not what I want. I prefer to listen to stand-up comedy albums, podcast or silence.
Stand up comedy is great to work to. It has a different rhythm to it than music and it is more of a background noice. If I choose to listen to music while working, I want to hear something I already know, like Tom Waits, rap music or punk rock.
4. Which artists (or other people) are you inspired by?
Maria Lassnig and Martin Kippenberger are two artists that I always come back to.
Torsten Andersson, Albert Oehlen, Michael Weißköppel, Jutta Koether, Amy Sillman and Charline von Heyl are also great influences on my work. It is also worth to mention the rapper MF DOOM as an big influence.
Walking influence me a lot. I often find myself looking at tags, dirt and old discolored surfaces on buildings when I walk to the studio. I like that because it doesn’t try to be something else than what it is: tags, dirt and discolored surfaces. It only relates to itself.
5. What is your favorite place to see art?
I think museums are the best places to see art. I also like to visit art galleries.
But with that said, I think that Instagram is an easy way to gain access to new artists. But there is also a lot of bullshit to scroll through before you get to the good stuff, and even then it is hard to understand a work of art. The best way is to look at art in real life.
6. What is the best part of being an artist?
As an artist you can see your thoughts become matter that you then can share with others.
I am in the studio every day with the feeling that I have the freedom to do what ever I want. The freedom of digging into a specific medium and push my own limitations, both in what I know that I can do and not do and also expand my theoretical understanding of the world.
7. Are there any ongoing projects or upcoming exhibitions where we can see your work?
You can see some of my work at Malmö art academy’s bachelor exhibition in Malmö, Sweden at KHM2 gallery the 22 March this year (2019).