Alex Chinneck, artist from Kent, United Kingdom. Pick yourself up and pull yourself together, 2017. Photo © Marc Wilmot
1.Tell us what you do and your beginnings.
My practice unites the disciplines of art, architecture and engineering to create surreal sculptures and public artworks that endeavour to make the everyday world more extraordinary.
My first public artwork involved the creation of 312 identically smashed and cracked windows using 1,248 pieces of glass for the facade of a derelict warehouse in London. Since then, we have created a succession of major public artworks across the UK and Europe.
2.What are your favorite museums in the world? Why?
My two passions are art and antiques. For art, it’s Dia Beacon New York. The 1920’s factory architecture is so generous in size, space and light: possessing a power, calm and confidence that perfectly compliments the minimal works it displays. The Chamberlin, Serra and especially Heizer sculptures sit so comfortably there. Great American architecture meeting great American artists.