Peter Zarkob

Born 1971, Seville, Spain

Lives in: Seville, Spain

Describe your art in 3 words: Minimalist, conceptual, existentialist

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Uncertainty - Photograph 30 x 30 cm

"Describir es destruir, sugerir es crear." - Robert Doisneau

"To describe is to destroy, to suggest is to create." - Robert Doisneau

What themes does your work involve?
Mi obra se inspira en escenarios reales de mi entorno más cercano, transformándolos para dotarlos de simbolismo y así representar conceptos abstractos en los que se plasman mis pensamientos, reflexiones, sentimientos, estado de ánimo... La fotografía minimalista me permite reducir una escena a la mínima expresión, centrándome en lo esencial y eliminando lo superfluo.

My work is inspired by real scenes from my closest environment, transforming them to endow them with symbolism and thus represent abstract concepts in which my thoughts, reflections, feelings, state of mind are reflected... Minimalist photography allows me to reduce a scene to the minimum expression, focusing on the essential and eliminating the superfluous.
Describe your creative process.
Observo mi entorno y busco inspiración en la arquitectura, escenas urbanas, naturaleza... Siempre hay algo me atrae (líneas, formas, simetrías, movimiento, contrastes...) e intento capturar el momento desde diferentes ángulos y perspectivas. Posteriormente reviso el trabajo realizado y selecciono la imagen que representa el concepto que quiero transmitir. Para provocar un mayor impacto visual, trato las imágenes en blanco y negro y, utilizando un alto contraste, intento atraer y atrapar la atención del espectador, trasladándole a escenarios únicos, haciéndole cómplice de mis pensamientos y sentimientos y envolviéndole en una atmósfera que viaja desde lo figurativo hacia lo abstracto. Considero que mi trabajo está terminado cuando al observar la imagen no veo la escena, veo el concepto.

I observe my surroundings and look for inspiration in architecture, urban scenes, nature... There is always something that attracts me (lines, shapes, symmetries, movement, contrasts...) and I try to capture the moment from different angles and perspectives. Later I review the work done and select the image that represents the concept I want to convey. To cause a greater visual impact, I treat the images in black and white and, using high contrast, I try to attract and catch the viewer's attention, transporting them to unique settings, making them accomplices of my thoughts and feelings and enveloping them in an atmosphere that travels from the figurative to the abstract. I consider my work finished when looking at the image I don't see the scene, I see the concept.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Me inspira el análisis de la condición humana, de las emociones, el sentido de la vida... Con mi obra intento aportar una visión personal de estas inquietudes que me permita expresar mi experiencia subjetiva.

I am inspired by the analysis of the human condition, emotions, the meaning of life... With my work I try to provide a personal vision of these concerns that allows me to express my subjective experience.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Su originalidad, su impacto y su capacidad para trasmitir un mensaje.

Its originality, its impact and its ability to convey a message.
What is the role of the artist today?
Actualmente vivimos en una sociedad visualmente saturada pero conceptualmente vacía. De ahí, que el papel del artista sea despertar la curiosidad del espectador y hacerle reflexionar.

We currently live in a visually saturated but conceptually empty society. Hence, the role of the artist is to arouse the viewer's curiosity and make them reflect.
No estás solo - Photograph 30 x 30 cm
Etapas - Photograph 30 x 37,5 cm
Renacer - Photograph 30 x 34,9 cm
Atardecer - Photograph 30 x 30 cm

 


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist