BEHIND THE ROMEO’S GIN PROJECT, THERE’S A SERIES OF 24 MONTREAL ARTISTS. WE ASKED THEM A FEW QUESTIONS IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THEIR VISION AND THEIR EXPERIENCE OF ROMEO’S MUSEUM, CANADA’S FIRST URBAN ART MUSEUM!
Q : How does it make you feel to work in a environment with 23 other artists ?
A : It’s great, what an experience. It’s enriching, it makes me curious to see what other artists in Montreal produce and it’s a great feeling to be in good company.
Q : Tell us what Leonard said ?
A : Leonard said it’s better to work in a group of artists instead of alone because in group you get to see other angles and other interpretations and other approaches and that is incredibly enriching and i agree with him. It’s fun to work as a group.
Q : How did you find the experience of painting in a stairwell?
A : Well I like staircases anyways because they’re kind of empty seeming, so it gives me room to develop my own ideas. And then to have those ideas, be there permanently is a special privilege because I get to transform a space from transitional, just an area of transition, to an area of study
Q : What would be your definition of museum ?
A : Well I would say a museum is where artists can go to motivate themselves, inspire themselves, to find ways of solving problems their experiencing themselves.
After graduating from the New York Academy of Art with a Master of Fine Arts in Painting in 1999, Eberhard Froehlich taught figurative drawing and painting at colleges and universities in Baltimore for six years. In 2012 he moved to Montreal, where he has been teaching art, and painting landscape and figure paintings.
Although we can see people’s clothes, bodies, and movements, we cannot see what they are thinking. Even when we talk to each other, only a small part of our thoughts is ever transmitted; the rest remains in a private space, silent, invisible, free. When we pass another person in the corridor, that silence and that freedom travels with the person.
– Eberhard Froehlich