Saturday, 18 July 2009

Interview with Renhang

q)Please introduce yourself.


Independent underground magaziner
Erotic poet
Black and white illustrator
Fake post-vanward graphic designer
Creator of the independent photographic magazine MOON

q) Where do you live and work?

a)I live in Beijing China, still junior in university.

q) How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?

a)I hope they could understand what I'm doing not through my descriptions, but by seeing my works.

q) How did you start in the arts? How/when did you realize you were an artist?

a)This may mostly contribute to my painting learning experince in my childhood. And gradually I found my great interet in photography.
But still, I do not think I am an artist. I'm just doing what I'm fond of. That's all. I'm still not sure about what on earth the defination of art is.

q) What are your favorite art materials and why?


q) What/who influences you most?

a)Many people and many things shed influences to me. I'm a person who could be easily influenced.

q) Describe a typical day of art making for you.

a)Sorry, I couldn't understand this question quite well.

q) Do you have goals, specific things you want to achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?

a)I'm not willing to transmit my philosophy out of my works to the audience, neither to change the society or to change the world. Just as a photo of your lover's shot by you. Even if it contens no design or technique at all, indeed, it is the best wok in your eyes when you put it beside your bed, or hang it on the very wall facing the door. There's no other works as perfect as this to get such a favor.
I'm always thinking about the two questions before and after my every shot. Did I really enjoy the shooting process? And how about the person shot by me. To live to to chase happiness. If you do it just for some other specific aim, it's more interesting, I think, to let us sit down and have a drink, or see a movie, or even talk about our first sex experience.

q) What contemporary artists or developments in art interest you?

a)My interest is mostly focused on some indepandent art.

q) How long does it typically take you to finish a piece?

a)Mostly, my shot is very optional. I like to go out with camra in my hand. I shoot what ever interests me. Photography should happen on the road, and should be a sort of recording by the light of nature.

a)Of course, I also shoot some works upon my plan. First, a good idea comes into your mind, then the shooting process will be full of fun. For you don't know what kind of model you will meet; what will happen between the model and you; what effect will appear on the photo. Those are all you cannot control before hand. What-so-ever, it turns more alluring just because of this. Taking pictures, for me, is a kind of lure. Alike some hidden organs of some overwhelming invertebrates, photography always arouse my nerve. I drive all my emotion to chase it, though knowing there's no end. It seems like a bottomless black hole, absorbing the very subtle me constantly, and release the ropy me.

q) Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are you emotionally attached to them?

a)I'm emotionally attached to my works. (But sometimes you have to sell to live on. I'm Mr. Mammonist. I do need a lot of money. I cannot feel safe without money.)

q) Is music important to you? If so, what are some things you're listening to now?

a)Of course. It is music that stands closest to me and bring me the most insperation. Everyday I search new music and meet new people. I have suffered from sleep problems every single day. Everyday I talk. Siting on your sofa, on his floor, and in 24-hour fast-food restaurant. So many words to talk. We can't live without talking about emotion issues. We've got nothing to talk about but emotion. I'm so full of emotion that I lost it.
Now I listening to Crystal Castles, The Kills, Carsick Cars, ‘õ´¨¼ƒ(Jyun Togawa), Lin Yifeng, Pet Conspiracy.

q) Books?

a)Recently I'm reading "Yinger" written by Gu Cheng.

q) What theories or beliefs do you have regarding creativity or the creative process?

a)I've never believed in anything. Perhaps once I believe that darkness makes me comfort, that I open all the doors, that I believe I could call out loud my own name and rush to a specific ocean without a beach when the sun's stretch out , that I believe all the words you said to me when you're alone are as wrinkless as a white shirt in the sun... But I believe in nothing at all.
However, when you lost your faith, I think, you may get more space for your creativity.

q) What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing) when you're not creating?

a)Listen to music, write poetry, edit Moon Magazine, and search for love.

q) Do you have any projects or shows coming up that you are particularly excited about?

a)My personal photography exhibition will be open on July, 21st, and the NOFOUND one on July 8th.

q) Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so, how? What websites, magazines, galleries do you prefer?

a)Yes, in many ways.

q) Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer, and answer it.

a)What on earth is "porn" in my mind?
Fuck around. Fuck forth and backwards. You fuck me. I fuck you. You fuck my mom. I fuck your dad. Your dad fucks my mom. Your dad fucks my dad. My dad fucks your mom. My dad fucks your dad in return.

q) Any advice for aspiring artists?

No. Nothing.

q) Where can we see more of your work online?

a)For more works of mine, welcome to visit websites listed below