Artist in ExileAntoine Goossens

'Artist in Exile' is a series of interviews with artists who live and work in today’s quarantaine. As such, the gallery hopes to support and promote its artists in these strange times of Covid-19. Today we talk to Antoine Goossens (1992).

How are you experiencing this period?

Not too bad, because I live in a big house with a big garden. This allows me to enjoy the nice weather. On the other hand, I do worry about the financial aspect of this crisis. I have lost my source of income and I can tell that it will be financially difficult for people my age who live in big cities. I myself live in a rural area with several people, which both reduces costs and ensures social contact. All in all, this past period of quarantine is not so different from periods in which I spent my days in the studio.

What impact does this period have on your work?

In terms of content, the crisis has no impact on my work, but in practical terms there is simply more time to work in the studio.

What does a typical day in the studio look like?

I get up around 8:30, have breakfast and make a list in my mind of what should happen that day. Then I try to follow my grandfather's rule of thumb: start with the less pleasant things, so you can finish with the pleasant work. Such a working day usually ends around 5 pm.

Do you have a fixed way of working?

I’d have to reiterate my answer to the previous question: I start with the less pleasant work in order to end each day in the best possible way. In addition, there are practical things that I, as a painter, have to take into account, such as drying times. Of course, sometimes I can't resist the urge to put the practical aside and continue working on a work for which the final stage is almost in sight. This is usually the most fun because this is the moment when things come together. A day usually ends with a reflection on what has happened throughout that day. I tend to look at my work and ask what the next steps might be.

What role do you see for art in moments like these?

I’m afraid I don’t have an answer to that.

What little things do you enjoy?

I enjoy putting on loud music in my studio, playing sports, sitting in the garden, watching how many people suddenly go for a walk in Everberg, ...

What do you miss the most?

Going somewhere and disappearing into anonymity.

What music do you play in the studio?

Master of Hardcore
X Vicious X
Beyoncé - Drunk in Love
Young Fathers - Shame
Music from the 90s

What books are on your bedside table?

“Liefde” by R. L. Harkel