Briefly describe the work you do
I use art-rock as a reference to reflect on the use of counter-cultural esthetics by the mass media, where pop culture, minimalism and conceptual art cross paths.
Tell us about your background and how that has had an influence on your work and on you as an artist.
When I was a kid my parents gave me a record specially made for me. They included a pair of songs from the Sex Pistols at the end of the record accidentally and I listened to them as well. It was one of the biggest influences that made me start to be interested in art and rock’n’roll.
The concept of the artist studio has a broad range of meanings in contemporary practice. Artists may spend much of their time in the actual studio, or they may spend very little time in it. Tell us about your individual studio practice and how it differs from or is the same as traditional notions of “being in the studio.”
I usually first take notes and this is an important part for me before to the studio-practice, because it allows me to make a plan of the work. Sometimes i leave things to chance and do the process the other way around. Anyway there is a part of documentation in both ways that is really important to me.
What roles do you find yourself playing that you may not have envisioned yourself in when you first started making art?
Maybe the role that i never envisioned is chef, I had to cook once spaghettis with tomatoes after the opening party.
When do you find is the best time to make art? Do you set aside a specific time everyday or do you have to work whenever time allows?
Any time is good for me. Inspiration use to comes working and sometimes the answer comes when i am taking a break.
How has your work changed in the past five years? How is it the same?
In the last five years i discovered new ways of work that changed the way i do things now. The continue process of learning, discovering new texts about art theory, and also the interaction with classmates at college talking about art and another interests in common were one of the most important things.
How have people such as family, friends, writers, philosophers, other artists or even pop icons had an impact on the work you do?
When some friends show me something new, that i find great, it could be an influence in my artwork. Writers, philosophers and pop icons are also an important influence. Rock and roll icons are one of the biggest influence, due to my interest in counter-culture.
Have you ever been pulled in the direction of a pursuit other than being an artist? What are your other interests?
Yes, but for me all have a relationship in between with art, Let´s say: “life is art”. I like graphic design and music and that is also included in my artwork and interests.
Luis San Sebastián received his BFA from the University of Salamanca (Spain). Along his career he was selected in various contests, like the San Marcos Prize from the University of Salamanca. His artwork has been exhibited at DA2 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Salamanca) and another national places. In 2015 he graduated with a MFA from the University of Vigo (Spain) He has recently showed his work in a solo project for the Adora Calvo Gallery. Actually lives and works in Salamanca.
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