Thierry Furger INTERVIEW
Thierry Furger (b. 1975 in Switzerland) discovered the world of graffiti during the 80s and since then, he has never stopped exploring it. Today, he lives and works as an artist and graphic designer in Zurich.
For over twenty years, Furger has followed and documented the subculture of writers and their works. It was in 2007 when he presented his works for the first time in an exhibition. From then and there stemmed the topic of “Buffed Paintings”, which he has continuously developed ever since. Still today, he investigates the wider characteristics of the graffiti universe: these include, in particular, its transience and the aesthetics of the cleaning and removal of illegal tags and graffiti pieces, but also strategies, techniques and situations of illegal writings.
Graffiti does not only mean many years of experience in handling letters and spray in order to develop a unique style, but also to realize something that will persist even under adverse circumstances, through time and lighting conditions. A special fascination lies in the breathlessness of its formation and it is reinforced by the transience of the images. Due to the authorities and the large part of the society striving for order, the art work doen not last for long. Furthermore, it is also exposed to weather conditions as well as competing sprayers – Graffiti is much ephemeral
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Let introduce you, who are you, what’s your background ?
My name is Thierry, I am 41 years old and live in Zurich.
Time seems essential as a notion through out your work, can you tell us more about it ?
The concept of Buffed Paintings is a documentation of the transience in Graffiti.
How important is the speed along your process ?
Very important, I cannot work on a single piece for days, I think my pieces have more energy when I work fast. It is also important for me to depict the raw aesthetics of the streets in my works and with my style.
So you play in between art that can be seen in the street (« Street art » seems good for everything and nothing to me as a movement), and more established art exhibited in galleries ?
I do not like to think in categories too much. I think I make graffiti on one side and art on the other.
What are some of your influences or artists who have drawn your attention over the past few years ?
There are so many artists who always reinspire me. Mostly, it is older artists that I discover newly. Currently I like the works of Rémy Zaugg. At the moment I also have looked at the great works of Karl Gerstner who has just passed away. Such people were extremely creative for the those times and have created a lot of very timeless creative output.
What would be your dream place to exhibit your work ? (It can be any museum, art gallery, natural environment, etc.)
I would love to exhibit in an art museum. I like the special atmosphere in museums.
Yes. On the 9th of March 2017 I will present my new Series ‚Sgraffitto‘ at the Kolly Gallery in Zurich.
‘Sgraffito’ comes from the Latin and means „to scratch”. It is a completely new concept and I look forward to the reactions on it.