ASA Artist Interview With Laser 3.14!
1. We are a big fan of your work. What is coming up that we NEED to know?
Next up is a large installation I’m doing called “Control Room” that I’m building up at De Kring. I’m looking forward to it because De Kring is a really interesting environment – it’s a members club for artists and art aficionados that’s been going on since 1923, so kind of crazy to think about who has passed through its doors. The installation will be presented on October 4th, and the club will be open to the public that evening as well as other times throughout October so people can come in and check it out.
2. What media are you using at the moment to make the artworks and is there any new progress in new media or formats?
Well it’s mostly wood, paper, spray paint, collages and laser cutting. I like to use a minimum of media at one time and see how far they take me. If I find something that doesn’t take away the integrity of the street feel I will use it. But if I see what I was doing say 3 or 4 years ago there has been huge steps forward. I can’t wait to see it develop further but I’m not forcing it since I really love the journey and love to be surprised by things/ideas/techniques I discover along the way – especially when I really get into playing with and pushing the potential boundaries of a particular medium.
3. How do you look at Amsterdam as a street art city?
Yeah, but not as a big street art city like London, Paris or Berlin for instance. Amsterdam can certainly use more street art. Actually the more the merrier.
4. What is the next step in to the future of street art?
I don’t really think about stuff like that, but I do think it will become a universally accepted art form like Pop Art, Expressionism, Impressionism etc., because it’s an art form that speaks of, and speaks to, the contemporary world we’re living in.
5. You’re a real city kid. Which city would you like to conquer next?
Well for years it’s been a dream of mine to do a solo show in London, Paris or New York. It hasn’t happened yet, but I’m hopeful it will. It would be amazing. I’m actually planning to start hitting up London again with my work. I went up there a couple of times to do that and it felt great. Paris is going to be a new territory to spray my art and poetry.
6. I have seen a big progress in your artwork. What do you think about your own progress of the last years?
Well I like the fact that I found a way to create work for a gallery environment, but that doesn’t contradict or diminish the street pieces. These are two separate things that could easily conflict with each other. I believe that both kinds of work work well in their separate environments. It took me a while to sort it out but I think I have, and it’s been pretty amazing in terms of me opening up and experimenting with different kinds of work, but at the same time really refining some of the things i’ve already been working on. Being able to think about how to approach creating for various kinds of spaces has been pretty inspiring.
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