Frerk and Marc C. Woehr Interview
SLAMXHYPE recently caught up with German street artists Frerk and Marc C. Woehr. We first came across the pair at Art Basel Miami, where they were painting a mural alongside Shepard Fairey during the street art event Primary Flight. Learn a bit more about this awesome duo before their first LA show, which opens at Carmichael Gallery tonight.
SlamxHype: Can you tell us a bit about where you are from?
Frerk: I´m from Stuttgart – the city of cars, you know, Benz, Porsche etc.
Marc C. Woehr: I come from a small German town, Neckarsulm, which was just totally dead, you know? I spent a lot of time with my buddies just hanging out on the street. When hip hop made it from the US over to us I got inspired. I started to skate and draw graffiti.
SlamxHype: What did you want to be when you were a child?
Frerk: Truck driver.
Marc C. Woehr: It has always been my greatest dream to be an artist who can actually make a living from his art.
SlamxHype: How did you get your first breakthrough?
Marc C. Woehr: I had my first breakthrough in 1996 in Heilbronn. It was the largest (back then) underground parking lot to have been painted with spray cans in Baden Württemberg.
Frerk: Then Marc and I were invited to create a painting for the Creative Boat Party during Art Basel last year. The next big step was drawing at Primary Flight/Art Basel Miami with Obey, Blek Le Rat, etc.
SlamxHype: Where do you find inspiration and influence on a daily basis?
Frerk: News. Looking at people and daily life. Walking through the streets. Intensely thinking. For me it’s important to absorb everything – mostly the small and quiet things in life.
Marc C. Woehr: My little family, my friends and my surroundings give me the strength and the ideas I need. My wife is my greatest critic and my little boy is my biggest fan.
Slamxhype: Anyone you desire to work with/for?
Marc C. Woehr: A big wall together with Shepard and Frerk.
SlamxHype: What is the best gallery in Stuttgart?
Frerk: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart. With Andy Warhol, Otto Dix, Picasso and many more.
SlamxHype: What is your favorite place to visit?
Marc C. Woehr: A little clearing approx. 5 min. from our house. You can see the whole city from up there.
SlamxHype: What artists are changing the way we think at the moment?
Frerk: For me it’s Banksy. Yann Arthus-Bertrand. I really like the socio-critical stuff.
Marc C. Woehr: Difficult question – I think we won’t really know who really moved and shook us until time goes by.
SlamxHype: Where do you see the art scene in 10 years time?
Frerk: Hard to say. 10 years ago I was 18. If somebody had told me that ten years later I would be having an exhibition in the US, I would probably have had a fit of laughter. So it‘s such a long time and anything could happen.
SlamxHype: What’s green, fluffy and lives in your second drawer?
Frerk: Myself. And it is my daily business to break out.
Marc C. Woehr: Handcuffs.