Stefan FranssonSunday, September 25th, 2011
Stefan Fransson born in 1955, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden . The artificial compositions of Stefan Fransson seem to be comprising more than only the known dimensions of time and space. They show a complexity beyond the ordinary optical experience.
An undefined vastness pervades these picture-worlds that seem to be lying in infinity barely comprehensible with our senses. It is impossible to identify a beginning and an ending. These are complex arrangements, in which Fransson composes endless layers of pictorial fragments like collages on top and underneath each other translucent diaphane-like.
It’s almost as if these worlds would be weightless – floating. Some elements appear to be familiar, like flashes of memories, mingling with others. Other elements stay strange in their abstraction. In the light of these suggestive permeations of picture elements, Franssons worlds breach paradigms in which linear fabrics of cause and effect are represented.
Much more in his compositions, natural scientific and philosophical questions in which associations of networking are a basic principle are hinted. By this Stefan Fransson seems to succeed in building bridges between art and science, because his worlds seem to implement these theories visually.
Stefan describes his work as,” I am very interested in composition, the collage technique, gives me the chance to move around the parts in the images, until new pictures appear.
For the past few years, I have worked with my creations in the computer. This has given me the chance to ‘build in my paintings and 3d works, as colors and shapes into new images. In autumn of 2008,I started to show my collage works at this site. One of my digital collages resulted in a real commission. The image ‘Thin Ice’ did become a big print, for the new Google center in Stockholm, Sweden. It became a theme for a permanent installation for the reception room. In that work, I did also work with a big branch, that partly became covered in different prints of my collages, so that the installation became another collage, but in a bigger size, and 3-dimensional. This work was installed in October 2009. SOURCE
Interview with Visual Artist Stefan Fransson:
How long have you been an artist and what made you decide to be an artist?
I decided to become an artist when I was quite young, in my youth. Perhaps the reason I remain an artist is that I like to play with shapes and colors, and creating something that leads me to surprising results.
Are you self-taught or did you have any formal training? If so where did you study?
My formal training is from the Chelsea School of Art in London, as well as the Swedish High School of Art.
Can you tell us about some of your work?
I have done some commissions for schools and hospitals in the Stockholm area. However, my latest commission is for the entrance to the new Google office in Stockholm. My print ‘Thin Ice’ became the theme for a permanent installation. This work was curated by the international online art gallery artists.de.
How would you describe your style?
My style is a mixture of all styles.
How did you first become an artist and why do you continue to be one now?
Art was my favorite subject at school, when I was a child, I couldn’t think of doing something else.
What inspires you to paint?
The light, the weather, the changes of the seasons, the sky, the shadows and other artists.
Where do your ideas come from?
My ideas come from each other, one idea gives birth to another idea.
Can you tell us what your process and method is when you are creating?
I work until I get the flow, and when I get it, time passes very quickly, and I forget to eat and sleep.
Please tell us about your technique and what is your preference in materials and why?
I like to work with materials that I can experiment with. For the past 3 years I have worked a lot with the computer. The fact that I can move around the shapes, and work in a direct way is extremely satisfying.
Do you choose your subjects or do they choose you?
The subjects choose me.
How does your location or environment affect your work?
It affects it a great deal for example, if it is a rainy day, there will be rain in my work. The colors and the inspiration come from where I live and work.
What is your thought process when you are about to approach a new design?
Inspiration is my thought process. When I see something it stimulates me creativity whereby I feel that there is something that I want to experiment and play around with, visually.
What are you feeling when you are working on a project?
I feel lost before (I think) that the composition works. Curious.
What is it that inspires you to paint a particular subject?
I think that it is something in the rhythm. I am interested in patterns in the creation of things. For example the way that clouds moves and changes their shapes.
What inspires you to create art and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?
Motivation is inspiration, and knowing that the struggle is part of the joy.
How have you handled the business side of being an artist?
Not very well, but my part time teaching job has helped me to survive.
What are your latest works about and where are you going with them?
My latest works are about Dots on Umbrellas, a rainy day like today.
Are their any historical or contemporary artists that you specifically admire or who have influenced your work?
Giacometti and Kapoor.
Are your paintings of actual locations/people or are they painted from your imagination? Tell me about your Upcoming projects, activities and or events.
They are both. My next project will be a solo show in New York that will open the 13th of September 2012.
What is your greatest ambition as an artist?
To keep the creative flow. It would also be great to have more time to create, to teach less, so that I would be able to have more time with my own work. I would also love to have my artwork shown more.
What advice would you give a young artist just starting and wondering where to begin?
Draw what you see. Study things in nature.
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Please visit Stefan Fransson’s website to view more of his work at: artslant.com/global/artists/show/49604-stefan-fransson?listtype=popular
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