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Interview with artist Valentin van der Meulen

© Valentin van der Meulen, Lucia, exhibition view Mutatio curated by Franck James Marlot, Paris, 2019

© Valentin van der Meulen, Lucia, exhibition view Mutatio curated by Franck James Marlot, Paris, 2019

“I like the idea of using something not created to be shown.”

Name

Valentin van der Meulen

Profession

Artist

Website

valentinvandermeulen.com

Valentin van der Meulen © Alfredo Salazar

Valentin van der Meulen © Alfredo Salazar

Who are you? What do you do?

My work is based on charcoal drawing, playing with images, reading and materials trying to connect what I see all around.

Where are you from?

I’m from Lille in the north of France. I live and work in Paris now.

Your style in 3 words?

Yesterday / Today / Tomorrow

Your weakness? Your strength?

I like to be precise / I like to be precise

© Valentin van der Meulen, Antique, exhibition view Carte Blanche, Institut Français, Hamburg, 2019

© Valentin van der Meulen, Antique, exhibition view Carte Blanche, Institut Français, Hamburg, 2019

What makes you different?

good question

When did you decide to become an artist?

I don’t know… Since I can remember I use to draw

What do you find most fascinating about your work?

When it opens a new door about something you are really interested in but you didn’t see it before.

© Valentin van der Meulen, Remember, 2016

© Valentin van der Meulen, Remember, 2016

A few words about your favourite creation?

The next one I will do

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…

Most recently at Venice Biennale, two works far from my practice : First, « Sun & Sea (Marina) » by Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Granite and Rugile Barzdziukaite. It was empty without the actors only the sand, objects put all around and music. It was so strong. Second, « Assembly » by Angelica Mesiti. A three screens video.

Who would you like to work with someday and why?

Rudolf Stinger because i want to understand why I feel so curious about his work and process. I was so sad to miss his show in Venice few years ago.

© Valentin van der Meulen, Untitled, studio view, 2020

© Valentin van der Meulen, Untitled, studio view, 2020

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

For a new series of work, I want to include in my work materials from printing industry like metal panels used in lithography. I like the idea of using something not created to be shown.

Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“

life

2020: Where are we going?

where we deserve

© Valentin van der Meulen, Cut, 2019

© Valentin van der Meulen, Cut, 2019

When the going gets tough…

be self-confident

Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?

Individual.. but it already the idea

What would you do if you could change the World?

A world where peoples do their self-criticism

© Valentin van der Meulen,Ritorno a Majano , studio view, 2019

© Valentin van der Meulen,Ritorno a Majano , studio view, 2019

If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?

something always bigger. I like the idea that we never know

Tell us about your future plans…

I’m currently working on 2 shows I had in the summer of 2020 : one in London, an other in Verdun (France). I’m very happy because I can take my time to work on its. Stay in touch

Your city’s favourite spots (any location/ club/ shop/ gallery…)?

If you like corean food like me, go to « MEE » restaurant. To take a drink, go in the patio of Prince de Galles Paris during summer. To see an exhibition, Ropac Gallery Pantin location. Amazing space in between gallery and museum.

Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?

More than a favorite song are the playlists created by my best friend on Spotify. He always had the good ones since we were young. Check his profile : helloiaco

One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“

Wood / Art

Your #…?

#koreanfood