This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Eugene Macki.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
I am trying to project the thing(s) that excites me. For example, I am very interested in materials, what it means to exist, and the length of space between multiple points. My entire oeuvre begins with the desire to learn. I am not trying to teach the audience anything. I am simply having a conversation with myself, and the medium I work with.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
Every artist will have a different answer because it depends on various factors. As a human being, my responsibility is to contribute to society. As an artist, my duty is with art, and my aim is to expand the language.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
This work is called Repetition and Variation:
It is impossible for me to say what is the greatest “thing” I have ever made because each work was influenced by a particular moment or circumstance. However, the reason why I decided to put forward this video is because it makes me happy.
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
The reason why I became an artist is to make things. To describe a work I want to make but never will contradicts with my reason for being an artist.
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
Painter: Rasmus Nilausen—www.rasmusnilausen.dk (Denmark/Spain)
Performance Artist: Hyemin Park—www.hparkart.com (Korea)
Sculptor: Emma Hunter—www.emmahuntersculpture.com (UK)
—The ArtSlant Team
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(Image at top: Eugene Macki, Flamenco Sketches, 2017, Wood, screws, filler, paint,141 x 202 x 5 cm)