It's all about the book and more: interview with four artists

By Anna Savitskaya - Saturday, January 24, 2015
It's all about the book and more: interview with four artists

Lukasz Stoklosa, Kate Gottgens, Ivana de Vivanco and Mark Nader answered our questions about the "100 painters of tomorrow" book and more.

It's all about the book and more: interview with four artists

End of 2014, Thames and Hudson published a book featuring “100 painters of tomorrow”.  As every year, December is the month of the lists.  Artdependence did a review of this book and now we have an opportunity of interviewing 4 of them. Lukasz Stoklosa, Kate Gottgens, Ivana de Vivanco and Mark Nader answered our questions about the book and more.


Lukasz Stoklosa

Artdependence Magazine: How did you learn you were included in the “100 painters of tomorrow” book?

Lukasz Stoklosa: It was an open call application. After the Jury selection I received information that I'm included in the book it was in August 2013.

AD: Did it give a boost to your career?


LS: Yes, In Poland information about polish artists included in "100 painters of tomorrow" had a very good response. There was also several articles in the international press. It was also a great opportunity to reach international audience.


AD: What art school did you attend?

LS: 
In 2010 I graduated Faculty of Painting at Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in Poland
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AD: What are your future exhibition plans?

LS: 
In January I will have solo show "Number 392" in Zderzak Gallery in Kraków and same month I will take part in a group exhibition "In Search of Imaginary World" at NUNC Contemporary, Antwerp and later on a solo show there. 

© Lukasz Stoklosa, Chateau de Versailles, 2014, courtesy of the artist

© Lukasz Stoklosa, Napoleon III apartments, Louvre, 2014, courtesy of the artist

Kate Gottgens

Artdependence Magazine: How did you learn you were included in the “100 painters of tomorrow” book?

Kate Gottgens: I was entered by my Cape Town gallery  “SMAC” and then I discovered that I had been shortlisted, when I went on the “100 Painters” website. I heard that I was in the book when I received an email from “Beers Contemporary”.

AD: Did it give a boost to your career?

KG: Certainly, I have had various offers from Galleries around the world and much more interest in my work generally – more hits on my website, more sales etc. I have joined a very interesting Gallery in Antwerp – NUNC Contemporary, as a direct result of of the book.

AD:  What Art School did you attend?

KG: Michaelis School of Fine Art – University of Cape Town.

AD: What are your future exhibition plans?

KG: I have various  shows in 2015. I am participating in a group show at NUNC Contemporary in January, The Cape Town Art Fair in February. In June I have a large solo show and the launch of  a Book of my work, at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Johannesburg Art Fair in August and in September I will have a solo show with NUNC in Antwerp.

© Kate Gottgens, The collectors 2, 2014, courtesy of the artist

© Kate Gottgens, Fish shop, 2014, courtesy of the artist

Ivana de Vivanco

Artdependence Magazine: How did you learn you were included in the “100 painters of tomorrow” book?

Ivana de Vivanco: As usual in contemporary times: via e-mail. The selection process was based on an open call for submissions. The jury selected first 400 artists and a couple of months later the list with the name of the 100 painters of the book was published and we were informed of the resolution.  

AD: Did it give a boost to your career?

IV: I have always had the certainty that the works are completed only when someone observes and experiences something in front of them. Despite having put the last touch of colour on the canvas, the painting will remain unfinished if there is no observer. Without a doubt, the book has broadened the spectrum of possible viewers that will complete my works and in this sense the publication is, of course, giving them a boost. It is truth that all this is also very positive for my career, but actually especially for my paintings, because they really want to be seen and affect people. They are independent, ambitious and sometimes unbearably pretentious.

AD: What art school did you attend?

IV: I studied at the University of Chile in Santiago. I had excellent teachers there and during my five years of study I applied the very well known, but unfortunately sometimes forgotten, “sponge mechanism” in order to absorb everything possible: discussions, ideas, techniques, readings, experiments, etc. Now I continue using the same method in Leipzig, where I am currently studying. I am learning a lot and I notice every day how my painting is transformed when coming into contact with the different realities of the places where I live and work.

AD: What are your future exhibition plans?

IV: Well, right now I am showing my work in a solo exhibition in Málaga and in the group show in Antwerp. This year there are also two upcoming exhibitions in Leipzig and one in Duisburg. Other than that, I will continue painting and keeping open eyes to new possibilities, because, as I told you, my paintings really want to run away from the Studio and organize outside a kind of revolution. They are so rebel sometimes… 

© Ivana de Vivanco, He remembering me at 70 or Self-Portrait with vanitas, 2014, courtesy of the artist

© Ivana de Vivanco, Midas I, 2012, courtesy of the artist

Mark Nader

Artdependence Magazine: How did you learn that you were included in the “100 painters of tomorrow” book?

Mark Nader: I went down the conventional route and submitted my work to be selected by the judging panel. 

AD: Did it give a boost to your career?

MN: It has certainty given my work more exposure and my career a massive boost. I gained representation from NUNC Gallery in Belgium from the book. The other difference is that being part of a book that has artists you have been influenced by is a great honour and gives my own self-analytical opinion of my paintings a more confident standing.

AD: What art school did you attend?

MN: I studied at Central St Martins. I also now work as a teaching fellow at Reading University in the art department. 

AD: What are your future exhibition plans?

MN: I am part of a group show at NUNC Gallery, In Search of Imaginary World on the 29/01/2015  to the 07/03/2015. I will then be preparing for a solo show at NUNC on the 22/10 – 21/11. I also have a joint show with artist JiaJia Wang at Hai gallery, London in October. I have a solo show in J Space, 798 in Beijing, China planned for next year. And I'm also in talks with Passatge gallery in Barcelona for this year. 

 © Mark Nader, Olmec push, 2014, courtesy of the artist

 © Mark Nader, Creep Boy and the Amber Rooms, 2014, courtesy of the artist

More about the group show at NUNC Contemporary is here

Anna is a graduate of Moscow’s Photo Academy, with a previous background in intellectual property rights. In 2012 she founded the company Perspectiva Art, dealing in art consultancy, curatorship, and the coordination of exhibitions. During the bilateral year between Russia and The Netherlands in 2013, Perspectiva Art organized a tour for a Dutch artist across Russia, as well as putting together several exhibitions in the Netherlands, curated by Anna. Since October 2014, Anna has taken an active role in the development and management of ArtDependence Magazine. Anna interviews curators and artists, in addition to reviewing books and events, and collaborating with museums and art fairs.

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