"Creation is an uncontrolled muscle" according to Arik Levy (born 1963).
Artist, technician, photographer, designer, filmmaker, Levy's skills are multi-disciplinary and his work can be seen in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Best known publicly for his sculptures – such as his signature Rock pieces -, his installations, limited editions and design, Levy nevertheless feels "The world is about people, not objects." Hailing originally from Israel and moving to Europe after his first
participation in a group sculpture exhibition in Tel-Aviv in 1988, Levy
currently works in his studio in Paris.
His formation was unconventional where surfing, as well as his art and
graphic design studio, took up much of his time back home. Following
studies at the Art Center Europe in Switzerland he gained a distinction
in Industrial Design in 1991.
After a stint in Japan where he consolidated his ideas producing
products and pieces for exhibitions, Levy returned to Europe where he
contributed his artistry to another field – contemporary dance and opera
by way of set design.
The creation of his firm then meant a foray back to his first love, art
and industrial design, as well as other branches of his talents.
Respected for his furniture and light designs on all continents, Levy
also creates hi-tech clothing lines and accessories for firms in the Far
Considering himself now more of a "feeling" artist, Arik Levy continues
to contribute substantially to our interior and exterior milieu, his
work including public sculpture, as well as complete environments that
can be adapted for multi use. "Life is a system of signs and symbols,"
he says, "where nothing is quite as it seems."
1.What is more important to you, the function or the emotion of an object or creation? I think one can not really disassociate these issues….a good project will incorporate all these in relative doze.
2.Your work is about organism and transformation, do you believe your work is a part of evolution? centrally
3.Would you describe your work-process as systematical or a growing almost natural process? It is composition of both…a good methodology permit time and expansion for bio-mimicry process.
4.How do you know a work is finished? It tells me.
5.Is the purpose always set before the start or is it more an emotion during the process? Case by case…depending on the projects typology…but it feels great when things happen within the exploration phase of the project.
6.Which of your disciplines do you enjoy most and why? What I enjoy is looking backwards and seeing I have done something interesting and successful on both human/ personal and professional /business sides.
7.You often work with reflections, what do reflections mean to you and your work? It is the depth of it that i am interested in and the fact that the object is then described by its surroundings.
8.Futuristic texture and nature, a contrast or a unit? unit
9.Tell us an unexpected fact about you. I do everything with 9 fingers only
10.Do you read design-blogs? Would you tell us your favorite one and why you would recommend it? I do not!
11.What do you like about Designspotter? Do you miss anything? What I do not like a bout it is the word Design. I do understand way it is employed but I think design got too many meanings and nothing at the same time.
Thank you arik for this interview. ( by Stephanie Krauch )