Boris Hoppek – Mini Interview
We were lucky enough to pose a few questions to the very talented Boris Hoppek who was born in Germany and is currently living in Barcelona. His work originally started off in the streets of Germany in the 1980s and has evolved to include drawings, photography, sculptures and installations, he’s also an avid surfer.
Where are you at the moment and what are you working on?
I am at home in Barcelona. I am working always on too many things at the same time. The next calendar for 2012 is the most urgent though.
How would you describe your work to someone who may not of seen it before?
What have you been getting up to when you’ve not been working hard?
Going outside to play.
You have described how you enjoy working with artists that can connect and engage on a personal level with you, you also collaborated with Miss Van, how was that?
I can’t remember saying that. Its fun, but it’s very difficult to make something good in collaboration, with Miss Van for example we needed a month and a half to finish 2 paintings, that’s enormous because we both normally work fast and finish paintings in the same day or the next day.
Since your creation of the C’mons back in 2005 what has the response been to your ongoing personal work from Opel?
There was not much happening. It was just some little commercial work.
Some people have written about your works political undertones or lack of political correctness, would you care to comment?
No. but you make me curious I would like to read this text.
How has your life changed since your time working as a technical tracer?
A lot, almost everything. But I still speak some German.
After creating work in variety of environments has your approach changed in these different settings and which do you prefer working in?
I still prefer to work on the street. It’s just the most easy and fast.
What would you do if you weren’t doing what you do now?
There is no plan b. but I think I would have been a good scientist, a weird one…
What would be your dream project be? Combining personal and commercial work with an infinite budget and who would it be with and where would it take place?
I am getting more primitive, cheap and simple in my work.
After working with recurring imagery do you find your bimbo creations appearing in your dreams? Have they ever turned against you some nightmare situation?
That’s really interesting that this never happened. It might be a proof that my work is not about me.
Who do you feel is pushing the boundaries at the moment within art of any medium?
I am not an expert. I confess I don’t look much at others, but I think the big times are past, but everybody is pushing a little bit here and there…
Can you tell us about any projects you have lined up in the future?
The same as usual. There will be a huge exhibition about sex in the summer of 2012. Just sex!! and a work in process, 3 months in Brazil working something big with cardboard. Very big!!