Check out this latest interview with NEVERCREW!
1. We are a big fan of your work. What is coming up that we need to know ?
Thank you so much for this interview, we’re glad that you like our work. Our spring and summer are almost totally planned and we are happy about the interesting and stimulating project in which we will be involved. We make some paintings and we will take part to exhibitions in many European cities and in the USA. One of these is the Millerntor Gallery in Hamburg (DE), a beautiful social and cultural project for which we will realize, as many other artists, a mural and works that will be sold to give the 70% of the profits to “Viva con Agua” for the support of worldwide water projects ( / As soon as it will be possible we will tell more details about all the rest.
2. What mediums do you use at the moment to make the artworks and are there any new progress in new mediums or formats?
We really like to use many different techniques. We like to paint, to sculpt, to build things, and so we always like (or we need) to try different media. For what concerns the mural paintings, we generally use spray paint, stencils and rollers with wall paint.
There are no particular new mediums or formats in our recent outdoor work. We use spray cans since the beginning and they are always present in our works, but of course we mix them with other media and we could work also without, if necessary. About the formats, for sure when we paint on canvas, for example, we prefer the vertical or the squared shape, but in general we really like to think about solutions and let be inspired by the original shape of a wall. We could say that inside our main artistic path we’re always developing also the relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimentisonal, intended both as effects or as real conditions. We always used to work with both, sometimes mixing them or playing with the contrast between flat stencils parts and realistic paintings. In the latest solo exhibitions (at Artsübli in Basel (CH), 15.01-13.02.2015 and at Square23 Gallery in Torino (I), 06.02-14.03.2015) we realized for the first time canvas with a sort of bas relief merged with stencils and realistic subjects, to generate a communication between these physical and perceptual conditions in relation with the global concepts of our works, as a additional level of communication.
3. How do you look at the Dutch street art/graffiti scene?
Judging from the outside we see a well established and developed scene. It seems that the people and authorities perception of street art (in general) is going always better and better and so this form of communication is a real part of the culture. It seems that there’s an exchange. Moreover, there are street art museums and good galleries, a lot of passion and great artists (both historical and new).
4. What is the next step in to the future of street art in your opinion?
Difficult to say. From our point of view street art it’s not an unique thing, it’s not a genre on its own or a close movement with specific aims. Maybe it’s more like a big (or giant) family. In a really simple way we could say that the common denominator to describe is the creative expression (or communication) that take shape in the public spaces, maybe searching for a direct interaction and communication with people. In a more specific way “street art” include many different styles, genres, techniques, contents, movements and approaches. We could consider it more like an attitude or a context in which a lot of different kind of arts can express them in a free way, but where should be always important to consider the single artists intentions.
in this vision, we can imagine that there will be a lot of different evolutions, depending by the places but especially by the artists works. In a general vision we can suppose a stronger connection with new technologies (that’s already happening).
5. If you have to choose, which city would you like to conquer next?
Every time we travel for painting is a beautiful and intense experience. We live the places in a different way, we have new routines, we meet people and we find places that we would never meet and find if we would be tourists. We gradually start to become attached to the persons and to the place, to get used to it, also if it’s a dirty corner or a very common place (of course, this could also provoke the opposite and negative feelings, but it’s rare.. everything should really go wrong). For this reason, we like to be called in places that we would never expect or choose (to discover them), but as much as we’re interested in a place that we already visited (and we loved) or that we would like to visit, we start to desire to make a painting there and not just go there in holiday (it’s a sort of strange professional bias). So, just to say a few names, we are happy to go again soon in Hamburg and we would love to go again in Dublin (in which we stayed for almost 1 month for the paintings in the Facebook spaces) or in Berlin (where we recently painted for Urban Nation), or to go in Manhattan, in Montreal or Toronto. But also in some scandinavian city and of course in Amsterdam, that for a series of unlucky situations we never visited. …in the end is really difficult to choose just one, also this list is too short and a lot of names are missing!
6. I have seen a big progress in your artwork. What do you think about your own progress of the last years?
Working together since 1996, we discussed and we discuss a lot between us about our work, but its extremely difficult to judge it. We can say that now we’re happy to be able to work on our personal path, imagery and contents, building it day by day and reaching results that satisfy us, also if always as part of something that should continue to evolve.
In almost 20 years we’re building something that’s really important for us and that for sure naturally lives also on people’s perception of it. Our personal form of communication that, since it’s strictly connected with public spaces, give us always new answers. A discussion with “everyone” that we like and that we’re really curious to continue and to deepen. So we’re glad that in the last years this connection became even more stronger and our artistic communication flowed in a way that we appreciate. Thank you so much for recognizing a progress!