Q&A with P. M. Wagner
If you've been following my Instagram for any time now, you'll probably have realized I'm a sucker when it comes to abstract art and space / cosmic themes. I can't get enough! I discovered Pascal Wagner's profile while searching for new abstract art in this vein and was pleasantly treated to a whole assortment of abstract manipulation - some outright beyond interpretation, and others surreal with clearly defined objects. Each piece feels unique and has its own intensity, themes, and color schemes.
|P&F| - When did you first start your artistic journey?
Wagner - I started creating art when I was 17. Before then, I created fan pictures for the TV show "The Walking Dead." One day, I decided not to focus on a television show anymore, so I tried making cool stuff using Gimp (linked here for those interested). After that, my path became clear, and I've been following it ever since.
|P&F| - That's great to hear! What is the artistic culture like in Germany? Do you feel influenced by it?
Wagner - I follow approximately 300 German accounts on Instagram, but I don't feel like German art is much different than work from other countries; art is a global language. Sure, everyone has their own style, creative techniques, but in the end most art has the same basic premise - it's meant to look nice, or convey a deep intention (or both, of course).
|P&F| - That's very interesting to me - I feel that way about music, especially listening to the same genres from different countries. For example, heavy metal sounds great whether its from America or Brazil. However, some may be put off by the Portuguese language barrier if the music has lyrics. Art transcends this, because it exists without a need for words, and can be experienced similarly by two individuals with completely different cultures. A "global language" is a great way to put it.
Wagner - It's all about creating a "wow-effect" with your work. It should be unique, different from the usual. It should be something that makes people stop scrolling through their feeds and think "wait a minute, that one was nice."
|P&F| - Grabbing attention from anyone on Instagram can be a challenge, but your pieces definitely stand out! How long do you usually work on a piece, and when do you know that it's finished?
Wagner - That's a difficult question; I think I'm only satisfied when there are elements all over the surface, nothing left empty. There can't be colored circles in one corner and in the other, nothing. I use all the space available to me. And, of course, there's always that "yeah, this is pretty dope" moment, and then I know my work is complete.
|P&F| - Do you still use Gimp for creating?
Wagner - I only use Photoshop CC now after moving on from Gimp. Many of my works were created through a Photoshop bug which I could use for a nice effect.
|P&F| - That's awesome. I have a lot of elements in my music that were completely by accident or through an odd misplaced copy/paste of a section that ended up being better than my original idea! Do you have any other hobbies besides art that you're passionate about?
Wagner - I would like to, but I have no time during the week due to work. The weekend is the only time I can create new pieces, which can take 3-5 hours each.
|P&F| - What kind of advice would you give to someone just starting their own artistic portfolio?
Wagner - Let yourself be inspired by other artists without copying them. Create what YOU think about.
|P&F| - Too true. Pascal, thank you so much for your time, and keep up the amazing work. Is there anything else you want to tell readers about?
Wagner - I'm working on a new series called "Surreal" where I'm focusing exclusively on photo manipulation. I want to create alternatives to my abstract art. And to the artists: sometimes you'll create one thing after another, but you are unsatisfied every time. Nothing works and it puts you in a bad mood. But don't quit. Take a break, eat some chocolate, and listen to music. After that, you will create some nice stuff, believe me!
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