Let’s talk about you – Sascha Windolph

Let’s talk about you – Sascha Windolph

agreeing to take part in this new column of my blog.

 Through this i want to get to know the artists that i appreciate

most and i would like that they share with me their thoughts,

worries, as well as an overview of a few aspects of interest in

their life.

Just a casual conversation between friends.

 I met you as an administrator of the Kiosk of Democracy blog,

where you displayed a part of my photography work.

However it excites me to know who is the man Sascha in his

daily life, to discover who he is when he logs off from his blog

and social media. Do you enjoy cinema, do you listen to music,

what are the things that calm you?


– In the morning I get up and greet the day. Every day is far-reaching. The light welcomes me. I move. I am expectant. I’m interested in looking at the world every day. The sound of life. My own heartbeat. My pulse. People experience. Discover art. I try to do everything with passion. In all, I try to find the magic and also the deep abyss, the sadness, the joy, the love. Embrace life and immerse yourself in it. Dissolve resistance with the longing and intensity of art.

I give my verve for the art. For the existence. I believe in transforming life with art. And in a broad sense, as Joseph Beuys said, every human being is an artist. And everything is design. And the life things are like an immense fantastic cosmos. The poetry in it i would like to help bring forth and to act vehemently gentle.

When I leave the apartment I go to my regular cafe. It’s called Panama. I dwell in it. Have a CoucouClaamChino (Cappuchino) and read the newspaper. Sometimes it comes to surprising stories. I watch the people in front of the cafe. After that, I go to my various jobs. Always free. No permanent employment. Maybe I’m a vagabond.

Leaving my apartment I go to my studio to work on new pictures and characters.After I pick up my son Aljoscha (he was born in 2009) from the hoard. I’m with my son two days a week and weekends together.

– As I’ve seen in your page realist feuer kunst Sculpture and Painting are your favorites. Will you take me on a trip from the start of your work until today?

I have a feeling and I’m gonna go ahead and say that you prefer probably painting; am I wrong? Just tell me.



– My art is very sculptural and graphic. I like to model with my hands. Bring existing things into new forms. Engaging the whole body, working contemplatively with all your senses. To be in deep oblivion to meet the core. Full of momentum and grounded at the same time. In great concern and in great openness. In violent turmoil and in wonderful confidence.

Break the circle and close the circle. Lost and entrusted. Breathe and exhale.



– One of your works that I love is this. It touches me and excites me,talk to me a little about that.

– This painting. A couple, an ensemble. Being together. To defy the rigors of reality. United to be a family. Manifest love. In solidarity. Cohesion. This very much determines the content of my art. The couple painting is a symbol. A symbol for that a human being is not lost alone in this world. That two individual persons or a group are a hopeful union. The Couple mean beyond your own individuality, you come to a deeper understanding of everything.


– I would also like to talk about your first and last project,sculpture

or painting it does’t matter.How much did your approach

change,from your very start up to nowadays. If it has changed

at all!

– My first exhibition was in 1990 on the Greek island of Naxos in the village of Apiranthos.I was touched by this possibility. I would like to come back to Greece with my own art. And also with the kiosk for which i work daily. For which i live for. In 1990, with the first exhibition, I had worked on poems by Jakovos Papadopoulos and I showed my work in the school of the village.

Since it has already meant a lot for me to bring it into relationships. And today with the patchwork kiosk of democracy. It is like a total work of art for me. A community artwork. This is very important to me. The single artwork,  photograph,  film in context with other works of other artists. A hymn of creative forces that need no domination and no violence.

Actually i try to connect three different art enterprises. There is the KünstlerLaden – ArtistsInvite. This was an artspace really free and without a jury. Then the Kiosk of Democracy. In the time from it start in 2012 the Kiosk made some little exhibitions. Next,the documenta in Kassel in a students “Periptero” artspace. Then at last the Camera Artista. A place for the KünstlerLaden – ArtistsInvite and for the Kiosk of Democracy. Expanded by a library, a collection of works of art, an archive of catalogs, with a scholarship for an atelier, a coffee and tea shop. International and local.


– As I mentioned above, you are the administrator of the blog

Kiosk of Democracy where you display the work of many artists

from different chapters of art.

It is clear to me that you are very much fond of photography;

and I wonder:Does Sascha photograph? 

– There are a lot of photographs on the kiosk. Photographs are like painting. Full of light and reflection. I myself work with photographs, but I am not an avowed photographer.


– A final question which interests me in particular and I would like

your opinion on it:

You are a person of social media and an artist.

“Likes” dictate things,so do you think social media can have an

effect on artist work?

 Rembrandt once said that you become an artist when you stop

being concerned about the acceptance of your art.

In our times can an artist have the power to be unaffected?

– Yes, I think it is possible to be very untouched by the rush of time. Of course, the environment has an influence on every human being. There is no escape to a desert island. I think it is possible, despite all the conquest and pressure, to have a virginity that is full of truthfulness.

– Thank you very much Sascha for this conversation and for the

opportunity that you gave me to know better the man behind the








Let’s talk about you – Winding Numbers

Let’s talk about you – Winding Numbers

I’m retired after spending a few years in the military and then many years as an educator.

I have a strong interest in art and the humanities and as well as science (especially the hard sciences like physics, biology, and mathematics), and I enjoy other areas such as behavioral psychology and philosophy. I love all kinds of music but especially the electronic and experimental styles. Before its demise, I was involved in the Netlabel music scene writing reviews and liner notes for a short period a few years ago

Let’s talk about your two blogs. Winding Numbers, where other artists’ reposts take place and Winding Numbers-Unwind where you present your own work . There is a clear difference between the two. Your technique is interesting and different. Tell me, do you consider it photography or a different form of art?

I follow a lot of talented “original photographers” on Tumblr, but I can’t put myself in their category.  Even though I use my own photographs in creating the images, the amount of digital manipulation, layering, and filtering that is used in creating them usually removes any semblance to reality. I couldn’t classify my images on WindingNumbers-Unwind as photography in the sense of being of the traditional, modern, or even post-modern styles. There is often more randomness than planning that goes into creating my images; I guess I would call it abstract stochastic art.

From what internal needs does this technique emerge and what do you want to express?

I place my work on Flickr too, and a user their suggested that my images express anger because so many of them are dark in nature.  I don’t really feel anger, but I am disillusioned with many of the happenings in the world – especially the hate and corruptness that I see and that is often amplified in the news and social media.  So I’m sure that some of my art hints at this discontentment. On the other hand, many of my images reflect my love of the sciences especially quantum theory, information theory, and randomness (such as chaos theory).

Describe to me if you want the whole process. From the initial “shot” to the final result. How much time do you need to work on it on the computer?

I usually start with a single photograph and then use the open-source digital editing software GIMP to create various layers and textures which are then blended and further processed and deconstructed.  Sometimes I have a plan, but more often than not I let randomness dictate what happens. There’s a lot of experimentation and trial-and-error involved. Some images are created in a couple of hours and others I work on sporadically over a period of several days.  Honestly, the images that seem to get the most likes/favorites are the ones that were created quickly and without much planning.

I also see only black-and-white pictures, have you tested your technique in color?

I love monochrome and dark, grainy pictures. I’ve only used color in few images. At the present I plan to stick with black-and-white.


For me and many others, photography is the art of truthful and plausible depiction of reality with simultaneous transformation of content,have you ever tried to photograph like that?

To me what you’re describing here is what I see and admire on your Tumblr blog and personal website. I can’t say that I’ve tried that style of photographic art, but it’s something to consider for the future.


Let’s get to your other blog where you mostly republish other artists. With which criteria do you make the selection of these artists?

I have about two- dozen or so Tumblr users that I follow almost daily and republish their work (along with about a dozen on Flickr). I especially love sharing landscapes, portraits, and abstract art. I’ll reblog just about anything that catches my eye although I do my best to stay clear of anything is blatantly demeaning, pornographic or violent. What I enjoy most is discovering and sharing new art that has been ignored or overlooked. Maintaining this blog is becoming more challenging because of the volume of art that is published on Tumblr, so I’m finding that I have to narrow my focus and ignore many images that I would like to share. This digital overload is going to more and more of a problem to contend with.

Under the influence of the social media, different forms of art have become very popular to the public. What is your opinion on this affinity?

My interest in art expanded exponentially after becoming acquainted with Tumblr (and now Flickr) a few years ago.  My knowledge of art was very limited and myopic prior to this. For me it’s opened up a whole new world. The problem we face now is digital overload.  Each day I’m more and more overwhelmed by the amount and variety of art that is published here, so it’s been necessary to narrow my focus and pick and choose what I like and what I share more carefully. I worry that this digital overload could hurt platforms such as Tumblr and Flickr in the long run – time will tell.


Larry, thank you very much for what you shared with me!




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