Q&A with Asger Dybvad Larsen

The Relationship Between Art And The Artist.

Born 1990, lives and works in Aarhus, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden.

Asger Dybvad Larsen holds a BA from the Jutland Art Academy. He is currently part of the MFA programme at Malmö Art Academy and will be graduating from the Jutland Art Academy in 2017.

Asger Dybvad Larsen is deeply interested in painting as a medium. His abstract near-monochrome works are identified most clearly in their dialectical relation to the tradition of painting and as explorations of the formal and processual qualities it holds. This is done with a substantiated focus on painting’s basic materials – canvas, pigment and stretcher bars – as well as through an explicit dialogue with more recent art history, especially conceptual painting, abstract expressionism, and minimalism. With relation to the gestures of Asger Dybvad Larsen it might seem that it is the strict formality of painting that is his field of interest – but in fact, most of his painting is done sewing.


How would you describe yourself as an artist?

Big question. I think the easiest way to answer this is to refer to my artist statement, but other than that a conceptual artist who deals with painting in a more sculptural way.

Is it important for you as an artist to have a signature style, or do you just go where your inspiration takes you?

I think an important thing is to have some kind of signature and it doesn’t necessarily have to be aesthetical, materially, conceptual it could also just be on a referential base. But yes it’s important to have a style but in that defined field that you’re working in it’s important to use your intuition as well, otherwise, it can be hard to develop your practice which is very important over time.

Is an artist just someone who studied at an art academy, or is it first and foremost a trait in someone’s personality?

I guess that an art academy doesn’t really define if you are an artist or not, because hopefully, you have been making art before even applying to an art academy. But it’s a very helpful thing to get time, room, financial support and talks with other fellow students. I think for me personally it has been a very big help but I know a lot of others who have succeeded without studying at an academy so I’ll say it’s foremost a trait in the personality.

The need some people have to express themselves, is that just basic human nature that we all have, or are artists different from others in that regard?

I don’t think artists are different than other people. I don’t think people necessarily become artists to express themselves, it’s maybe more a byproduct of having an artistic practice.

Some artists express themselves as a form of therapy or as an emotional outlet. Is there an element of that in the way you work?

No for me it’s more about the physical process with the materials and being in dialogue with other artists. If I needed therapy I would use other options.