Caspar Baum | Singapore / Greece
Caspar Baum belongs to a group of German artists representing "dynamic structuralism". He has frequently participated in various exhibitions in private galleries as well as public museums globally, between others also with some significant solo shows during the last two decades. His work is influenced by the light and structure of the objects. When he is asked to find similarities to his work in other areas of art he compares his work with music, with the waves of sounds and changing instrumentation. Caspar Baum has been travelling frequently through Asia. This has significantly influenced his work. His works refer to principles of harmony as known in the perception of art in Asia. His works are calm and introverted and would ideally been visited totally isolated as tradition says in Japan. Caspar Baum has received many awards and his works are in private and public collections around the globe.
Contemporary Art Station: Tell us about how you got started. When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Very young when I was about 10 years old. I loved paintings in museums.
CAS: What is your process like, from initial idea to the creation of the piece? Do you usually develop the idea for a project before you find the "canvas", or vice versa?
I sketch a lot, sometimes 20 to 30 sketches. I try colours, shapes and composition on the format.
CAS: What do you love most about your creative process?
The endless hours in my studio, when something starts to get a shape and an indication of the later result.
CAS: What role does art and the artist play in the broader social conversation today?
I think the artist and art becomes more important in our fast and digital environment. Something with value and tensible character.
CAS: Name a few of your favourite artists and influences.
Cy Twombly, Anselm Kiefer and Piranesi.
CAS: What is the best advice you received as an artist?
Never to give up my passion and to express what I feel, not to get too much influenced by others.
CAS: When did you discover your voice as an artist?
When I was 10.
CAS: What advice would you give to emerging artists trying to find their own?
Live your dreams. Don't listen to others, who do not live their dream.