"The deeper you go into personal topics the more universal they become"

László Antal

Artist

Berlin, Germany





Are you Laslo Antal?

Yes


Are you László Antal as well?

Yes


Were you born on the sixth of June, in a Hungarian family in Yugoslavia in the mid ‘80s?

Yes.


Is your work inspired by your childhood memories, your family and the way you grew up in the

‘90s ?

Yes.


Do you feel it’s important that an artist thematises his/her personal life through the work they

are doing?

Yes.


Do you agree that the deeper you go into personal topics the more universal they become?

Yes.


Did you study visual arts and graphic design in Serbia, and then in Berlin, Germany?

Yes.


Does it annoy you when you forget to wash your brushes from acrylic paint, and you only realise

that you should have washed them the next time when you want to paint something, but the

brushes are useless cause they are all stiff and dry?

Yes.


Do you think a daily routine in work, especially in creating art, is important due to the reason

that when you do something on a daily basis it makes you more relaxed and so you can be freer

with your approach?

Yes.


You started your daily visual diary project in 2017. The project consists of making one handmade

mixed media collage every day. The collages narrate a single event in that day – at times, these

are seemingly insignificant or banal moments, at times they reveal the most intimate and

emotional situations that you experience. With this very personal and honest project, you raise

questions about what happens to intimacy once it enters the public sphere, about the inconstancy

of memory, and about the role of the artist in recording events in a constantly changing world. It

seems that you are interested in preserving the memory of the first, “raw version” of an event,

before the process of memory takes over and reshapes, even deforms the actual event over the

years.

Yes.


Are all of the artworks the exact same size ( 35cm x 28cm) ?

Yes.


This project is interesting because basically every day something happens to you so you can be

sure that every day you will do a picture that captures a moment.

Yes.


Did you exhibit the works in your hometown, in Berlin, in Belgrade and recently as part of the

Fringe World Exhibition in Perth, Australia?

Yes.


Are people buying your collages?

Yes.


Are you still passionate about doing an artwork every day, even after more than 1255

days/artworks?

Yes.


Do you use your Instagram page only as a platform to post every day one work from this series?

Yes.


Would you say that faces can never get boring?  

Yes.


Will you carry on doing your daily diary project till you die?

Yes.


Did you only ever work in the field of art?

Yes.


Did you move to Berlin in 2010 after the release of your debut album with the synth duo Sixth

June, which you formed with the actress Lidija Andonov?

Yes.


Did Sixth June release 6 albums over the past 10 years, and tour around Europe and Latin

America?

Yes.  


Do you always approach every new album as a new challenge, where you change something to

make it interesting for you to work on it, even if this risks you loosing the audience following

you?

Yes.


You are working as a solo artist as well, with your side-project called Diesein.

Yes.


Did you released a full-length album in 2018 and are you going to release your second album in

the coming months?

Yes.


Besides music and visual arts, are you a filmmaker as well?

Yes.


Do you always design your own album covers, and direct, film and act in your music videos?

Yes.


Last year you made an interesting film as a promotion for the pianist and composer Andy

Pavlov ’s debut album, which consists of 6 chapters of atmospheric short films that form a feature

movie when played together.

Yes.


Is it true that you were the collaborator of renowned avant-garde Norwegian theater group

Vinge/Müller between 2015-2019, working as video artist, editor, camera person and actor?

Yes.


Do you think if you are an artist then it is the only way to be, it isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity?

Yes.


Do you like chips & coca cola?

Yes.


Are you so passionately focused on work because you are a Capricorn rising?

Yes.


Do you remember your dreams?

Yes.


Do your dreams teach you more about yourself and help you to develop both creatively and

practically?

Yes.


Would you say that ideas are the most important drive to create?

Yes.


Do you think that when you have great ideas it doesn’t matter whether you are a painter, writer,

musician or filmmaker; it doesn’t matter which medium you use?

Yes.


Do you spend a large amount of your time on thinking about how to execute something with the

least effort and in the shortest possible time?

Yes.


Do you think by being “fast” when working on a painting or collage, this keeps the freshness and

the dynamism of the artwork?

Yes.


Without any risk, art cannot be interesting, do you agree?

Yes.


Did you always feel that jumping between fine arts, music and film gives you the necessary

inspiration and reflection that you need to create something original in all these different

mediums?

Yes.


Do you think that the most important thing to make a good movie or a great artwork is to have

an interesting story to be told?

Yes.  


Is this why you also like collaborating with writers, and have worked on a lot of book covers and

book illustrations for poets and writers throughout the years?

Yes.


Has your work been featured on the cover of the Architectural Review magazine

promoted your daily diary project to a wider audience?

Yes.


Will you be doing a new artwork for the upcoming edition of the Architectural Review?

Yes.


Do you find limitations, like time or money, inspiring?

Yes.


Do you think if you would give artists an endless amount of time and money for their projects,

they wouldn’t ever finishing anything?

Yes.


Is “Angst” by Gerald Kargl and Zbigniew Rybczyński one of your favourite movies?

Yes.


Is your favourite quote by your grandma: “Why would you go anywhere when you can see

everything on TV?”

Yes.


Is this the only quote you can actually remember?

Yes.


Are you planning an exhibition of your daily visual diary in Amsterdam this summer?

Yes.


Is one of your dreams to exhibit the entire collection of the daily visual diary collage works

together since the beginning of the project?

Yes.


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