Meet German artist Friedrich Kunath in this personal interview about his work, life and overcoming numerous obstacles along the way.
“This sense of homelessness permeates my complete oeuvre—this aspect of the ambiguity of our existence. To paint or to make these works is to feel at home. To feel found, to feel understood.”
Kunath grew up in former East Germany, finding out that many of his childhood memories had not been what they seemed at the time. Later a breakdown provoked by alcohol and drugs marked the beginning of his successful painting career, along with an ever-present interest in music.
“When you are in the presence of something great, you feel understood. And your feel that you are not alone. It’s easy as this.”
Friedrich Kunath (b.1974) is a German artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at the Braunschweig University of Arts. Kunath’s journey from Germany to Los Angeles is at the core of his works – incorporating German Romanticism and western popular culture with lyrical references, cartoon imagery, as well as still life, nature photography, and commercial illustrations.
Friedrich Kunath was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg at the Avlskarl Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark, in September 2021.
Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard
Produced and edited by Kasper Bech Dyg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2022
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