Jürgen Beck

„Untitled“, Archival pigment print, 110×165 cm, 2017

Jürgen Beck lives and works in Zürich. He studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, France and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Germany. He has taught at the School of Architecture, University of Lucerne (2012-15) and has been the artist in residence at Zurich’s studio program in Genova, Italy (2015-16). Recently he has been conducting ongoing research on Southern California’s architectural history and has been the artist in residence at Coast Time, USA (2017). Solo and group exhibitions include “Escape Architecture”, Kunsthalle Luzern (2016), “Sidelights”, ZHdK Zürich (2016), “Relatively Speaking”, Galerie B2 Leipzig (2017) as well as „New Deal“ at Ditch Projects, USA (2017).

Escape Architecture, Kunsthalle Luzern, 2016

SAA: What fosters art?

JB: In her essay “Emotional Technologies”, Chris Kraus wrote: „She was trying to become a writer and was discovering that this required large blocks of empty and unstructured time“.

SAA: Who is supporting you?

JB: Flux and chance.

SAA: Does financial support expand creativity?

JB: Yes.

SAA: Must art be sellable?

JB: The poor dope – he always wanted a pool. Well, in the end, he got himself a pool.

SAA: Should art belong to the private or public sphere?

JB: It may belong to both, and likely has for centuries.