Glen Farley An interview by Dario Rutigliano, curator with the collaboration of Daniel C.White email@example.com
Glen Farley's works provide the viewers with a multilayered experience, urging us to rethink about the ambiguous dichotomy between the perception of and the reality we inhabit, inviting us to rethink about primordial concepts. His socially engaged installations suggest an unexplored area of interplay where we are invited to question our relationship with reality and the way we perceive it. I'm very pleased to introduce our readers to his refined artistic production. Hello Glen and welcome to LandEscape. I would start this interview with a question about your background: you hold a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science & Sociology, but as an artist you are basically selftaught, and your approach has led you to get closer to several different disciplines, ranging from sculpture and electro mechanics to painting and design. Are there any particular experiences that have influenced the way you conceive and produce your works?
I was what some would call a “late bloomer” as an artist. I only began producing and exhibiting my art in 2011, as a complete change from working thirty years in the information technology field. Looking back, I
see a few key experiences that influenced how I conceive and produce my works. I was fortunate to have two grandfathers whom I loved to spend time with – one a very handy carpenter and the other an electrical engineer. In many ways, the technology and feel of my art would have been familiar and understandable to people of their era. My mother had a strong sense of style and design, and my father sketched and painted as a hobby. I have early and fond associations between the smell of turpentine and the production of art. As a child, I loved to create fantastical machines and other toys from whatever was available, and the only reason I passed Grade 11 Math was because I built a rudimentary functional computer from paper clips, motors and flashlight bulbs. Through the years certain artists have made a deep impression on me – Jean Tinguely, Arthur Ganson, and in recent years in Norway, Kristoffer Myskja, Atle Selnes Nielsen and Lavasir Nordrum. Lavasir has also produced some of the fantastic films and photographs of my work found on my website. Now let's focus on your artistic production: I would start with "Abandoned", an extremely interesting work that our readers have already started to get to know in the introductory pages of this article: and I would suggest our readers experience it and all your artworks directly at http://farleykunst.no in order to get a wider idea of your multifaceted artistic Juerg Luedi