Eltons Kūns - Artist Interview Series - Electric Objects

Eltons Kūns

Latvia

Erotic Objects began as a study of autoerotic machinery, looking at the gadgets, devices, and toys people use to, well, ‘get their engines revving’. The result is a series of surrealist contraptions, eternally chugging along, ‘forever longing to be used, abused and desired’.”

— Alex, Electric Objects
Can we see a picture of your workspace and/or desktop?

The desktop wallpaper is by Viktor Timofeev from his Desktop Residency series.

Desktop
Where are you typing this from?

Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Address
What do you watch/listen to while working?

I get easily distracted, so... I can’t really watch anything while working, however, music plays an essential role in my creative process. Most of the time I listen to my Soundcloud collection on shuffle or any of the brilliant musicForProgramming(); mixtapes.

If I’d have to choose one record that I’ve been completely obsessed with lately, I’d have a hard time choosing between Andy Stott’s “Faith in Strangers” or HTRK’s “Psychic 9-5 Club”.

Not like it matters or anything.

AndystottHtrk
What have you been working on lately?

Excited to say I just killed a half-year long hiatus with this EO collection; been working too hard with keeping myself together in the meantime. There’s also a semi-secret video piece I’ve been working on for almost a year. Can’t say much about the project for now, except that these two sculptures appear in it. Occasionally, I design posters like this one for NYU Game Center or my friends.

TenacityZigguratByts
What work of yours are you most proud of?

Probably a piece called “Better Love” which is a NewHive collage I designed for Beacon’s “Better Love”. It involved a really delicate planning process and it was extremely fun to work on. So, it must be either that or the site commissioned by Hirad Sab and Dalena Tran for SOOZ 1.9. I was reading a lot of Vilem Flusser’s work at that time and ended up making “Isoglyphs”, a piece that explores the influence of the concept of linear writing.

BetterloveSooz
Can you tell us about your process?

I don’t think any of you would find it particularly interesting, since it’s mostly me smoking and procrastinating by cleaning up my immediate surroundings.

Notebook
Any last advice for the folks just starting out?
Windows95
Top Five Most Influential Visuals
What tools do you use in your work?

I focus on using as few tools as possible. Working with Linux can be a bit tiresome, but it offers some unique challenges and it certainly changed the way I look at software. Almost every piece I have ever created is made in either Blender, ImageMagick or Sublime Text. When I’m offline, I can’t go anywhere without one of these.

Artline
Why isometry?

⬢ = ■ x 6.

What are the best places to see your work?
What sites do you visit for inspiration?

Construction sites & design stores.

Whose work do you follow?

Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon, ⅜, V5MT, Eno Swinnen, David OReilly, just to name a few. Oh, and I would have never made anything worthwhile if it wasn’t for Daniel Rehn.

What are your favorite galleries, museums, exhibits, etc.?

Thanks for the interview,
Eltons