welcome, be my muse!

Chapeau to burns124 !

Posted in art by welcomebemymuse on June 29, 2010

Where do your creative ideas come from?

I guess somewhere from outer space. The ideas are out there and you just have to put your self in the right mood, lower out your antennas and catch some of the ideas that are floating around in space. But enough of that esoteric shit, usually I start with a rough sketch, then I doodle some more with the idea to get to the point and then if I think it will work I’ll make the final drawing or whatever. But sometimes I just start painting e.g. when it comes to graffiti…

When and how did you know that your calling was to be an artist?

Like nearly everybody, I am into drawing since my early childhood… but to be more precise it must have been at the age of 12. I was up late night watching TV, skipping through the channels (back then there were only five!) when I saw the documentary “u-bahn bilder und verrückte beine” (better known as style wars) by accident. I was very impressed and still am up to this date by what I have seen in this film. At least since then I know I wanted to be a graffiti artist.

What’s your muse?

mariuahana, music, time pressure, retro childbook illustrations, potato chips, graffiti, tags, throw-ups, vandalism, my wonderful years crew, friends, drawings from my kids, bikerides, doodels and a delicious “schweinebraten mit semmelkmödel” is always very welcome for some inspiration.

Do you have dreams?

hm… don’t really have one, but when I am long gone, it would be funny to see my stuff hanging in some established museum and people are going to pay millions of billions for some little piece of art which I created 200 years ago. hm I know, some kind of corny vision… sorry…

What do you find most gratifying about the art you create?

I like the process more than the final work. it is a bit like meditation or a mission when it comes to graffiti, because you are totally focused on your work. And of course it feels good when some people like it.

What type of materials do you like to use most?

Wood, because it feels soft  and alive. I don’t like canvases they just suck. Cardboard is good as well because it is cheap and concrete, coz it is patient like paper.

What advice do you have for anyone looking to start a career as an artist?

Don’t do it! Learn a trade like carpenter or something useful.

3 words about you…

one two four

At this point in time are you working on any particular projects you’d like to talk about?

not really, but since the sun is shining again (well, right now I hear rain and thunder outside) and I am in a good mood I’ll give you a little hint: one project is called ‘cardbordica’ so far and it will be all about “typefaces” on cardboard. I will keep you posted

Anything else the world should know?

squares are double hipsters

Thanks to Burns124 for this refreshing interview – keep up the great work!!! All pictures are courtesy of the artist.


Posted in art by welcomebemymuse on May 28, 2010

Tomorrow will be the last day for Munich based artist Jarek Piotrowski’s exhibition “Wunschmaschinen” at Galerie Andreas Höhne. Picture by Marie Therese Rink.

Jarek, what’s your muse?

I am inspired by every waking moment, it can be the most absurd thing ever so the list is just much too extensive.

When and how did you know that your calling was to be an artist?

Since early age I had a fascination with changing objects or obsessively drawing things, in a way trying to see or pierce threw a theme. The “calling” as you state it was some thing that came from the outside, I was basically asked if studying art interested me, by that time drawing was some thing natural for me, so the question put seemed a little absurd but I guess this falls under the parental guidance theme.

Where do your creative ideas come from?

The ideas arise mostly out of a “compost heap” that I create, it’s basically about asking questions, but instead of using words I use images. Sometimes one takes interest in things that that one in some way understands, but can’t explain, I guess these themes are a kind of magnetic for me, personally.

What do you find most gratifying about the art you create?

I think its the creation process as such, it’s always a kind of a journey, you don’t really return to the same.

What do you find most difficult about producing a piece of art?

Finding the perfect form to represent the underlying question, with any work you have its artistic value that you call style and a question beneath…

Where do you produce your best work?

I guess my best work is produced in my mind. After that it’s usually a journey trying to accumulate the vision into a form which is closely bound to failure.

After “Wunschmaschinen” – what will be your next project?

There are still a few projects that I am planning, but I am more accustomed to showing things than just talking about them. One project that was offered to me is to bring Munich based artists to Königsberg that is something that I am excited about.

What advice do you have for anyone looking to start a career as an artist?

Follow your vision, don’t give up.

Anything else the world should know?


Thank you very much, Jarek!

MOMA PS1: get the season started!

Posted in art, music by welcomebemymuse on May 21, 2010

On Sunday May 23, MoMA PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art present the third iteration of the quinquennial exhibition Greater New York (organized and curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Connie Butler and Neville Wakefield), which showcases the work of artists and collectives living and working in the New York metropolitan area. In addition to presenting recent works by some 68 artists, Greater New York includes an active on-site workshop in which participating artists will experiment with new projects and ideas throughout the duration of the exhibition.

At 3:00 pm, a performance by Terence Koh will take place, followed by a DJ set by Michael Magnan from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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Hands made of gold

Posted in art by welcomebemymuse on February 17, 2010

Bright colors, defined lines, clear messages that might be loud and direct or silently beautiful. Let Dustin Mounce’s paintings seduce you – this Floridian son’s works are so much more than just street art…

Where do your creative ideas come from? 

Dustin: My ideas come from photography, movies, music, feelings, my head, and my random mental studies of people in the streets. I don’t have a set creative process, but I like to draw at random and usually on any paper within reach. I’ll then photocopy a drawing and add more to it by taping paper to it so I have more room to draw. I’m still trying sketchbooks, but I love sketching on envelopes. Sometimes I just start drawing shapes that come to my head and make something of it later.

What do you find most difficult about producing a piece of art?

Dustin: Making and finding the time (I like to work in 4 to 8 hour blocks), laziness, life obstacles, my w-2 job.

Where do you produce your best work?

Dustin: I produce my best work at 3 a.m. in my garage listening to Dub Reggae.


What type of materials do you like to use most?

Dustin: I’m a fan of acrylic, water-based oil paint, conte, spray paint (Montana Gold and Alien), various inks, oops paint, and random paint in the sales bin. I started with most of these because they would last me longer than the OJ trial and are cheaper than a bean burrito with sour cream.

What do you find most gratifying about the art you create?

Dustin: Right when I finish a piece I say “I did that? hell yeah” I’m proud for about 2 days. On the second day or so I think “Wtf was I thinking with that? What a piece of trash”. To answer the question, I’d say I like that I gain motivation from constantly thinking that I can do better and in turn, I find that gratifying.

When and how did you know that your calling was to be an artist?

Dustin: I started out drawing as a snot-nosed and got more into making beats. I made beats for years and slowly started taking art a bit more serious. I started painting around 2002 and I would make beats on and off. I still make beats, but it’s mostly painting, photography, and graphic design. Ever since my exit from the womb, I’ve felt the need to create, no matter the medium.

At this moment, Dustin Mounce has had some interest shown from Art Asylum (CurbsandStoops.com) and plan on working with them. At the moment, his „amigo“, Roscoe Ruiz and him are working to get their clothing line going.

Check them out at www.FOOLISHBASTARDS.com and at www.DUSTINMOUNCE.com.