Belgian artist Sammy Slabbinck uses images from vintage magazines to create contemporary collages. Playing with words and venturing into the realm of the surreal, his artwork takes you into a world of its own. We sat down with him over a beer and had a chat about the beauty of imperfections and simplicities.
What’s your favourite drink at Happy Hour?
A cold beer. You’re from Belgium, the heart of the European comic scene.
How have comics influenced your creative style?
I wouldn't say they’ve had a huge impact on my style. I did read a lot of comics as a child. Occasionally I’ll pick up a graphic novel. It’s not really my thing anymore to be honest. Give me a good book and I’m happy.
When you were a child what did you want to be when you grow up?
You use a lot of images from the 50’s and 60’s in your artwork. What do these times have to offer that you can’t find in today’s world?
A lot of the photography from that time has a specific grain in it. I find this imperfection fascinating and appealing. I’m definitely much more drawn to this aesthetic than the heavily photoshopped images we see in the newspapers and magazines of today. I love working with the innocence that photography in old advertisements often conveys.
How do you approach a new project?
I come across an image that conveys a message and my fantasy runs with it. Then I start looking for the right images to combine it with and a visual story starts to form.
Which of the artworks you sell on JUNIQE is your favourite and why?
‘Solid Advice’ is definitely one of my favourites. A simple image with a simple message that simply appeals to be people.
What are you inspired by?
Mostly my collection of old magazines and books. I spent years collecting magazines from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. These are always the starting point for new designs. There isn’t anything more fun than flipping through old magazines and looking for interesting images.
What would a perfect day in your life look like?
I’d get up early, enjoy a nice breakfast and read the newspaper. Then I’d head to the beach and laze around in the sun. I’d end the day by spending the evening in a nice bar with good company and good music.
Where do you feel most relaxed?
I feel relaxed doing all of the things that I mentioned above.
Dreams or reality?
Dreams of a better reality?