What projects are you currently working on?
Dersk One: I am currently working on a project called “Close Proximity” with another artist (Hydra Oner) We recently worked on a commissioned project together and found that our styles are completely different and found it interesting to work on canvases at the same time pushing into the art as one artist but still keeping our individuality. The work we have been doing has been interesting to say the least and I am looking forward to continuing this series which we are working towards exhibiting. Aside from that, I have solo show coming up in April, which will be my first solo exhibition where I used spray paint, acrylics, sun, wind, and water to create my paintings.
What has given you the motivation to continue painting with all of the City's restriction?
Dersk One: I have done quite a bit of research on the topic and have found that the Sign Code is and has been revised for some time now. I guess I could also state that as an artist utilizing the style of Graffiti, you have to not focus on what restrictions might have been placed on you, but step outside of those restrictions and rebel, otherwise you become victim to restrictions, and then your art becomes suffocated, especially one in which is meant to be in a public forum. That was always the motivation, the juice if you will, that propelled me to go out and paint without permission. On the other hand I don’t condone malicious intent, but do support art regardless of the sanctions.
Since there has been a moratorium on public murals, tell us what you are doing now.
Dersk One: I still go out and paint in a public space, mainly those that are still actively painted by artists working in and embracing the style and culture of graffiti art. They are what other graffiti artists would refer to as yards. I guess I don’t put much thought into the moratorium but then that contradicts my inquiring nature. I think it’s best for one to know the laws pertaining to one’s passionate expressions, and it is also important to continue to push those limits. The real reason isn’t the artists or what we do. It is basically the city filling a loop hole that was discovered by “big advertising” to have artists paint advertising and call it a mural which the city had to fill it quickly and then deal with the issue piecemeal, and with that, comes the politics and the lengthy time consuming processes of city government.
What advice would you give young, emerging artists?
Dersk One: Just keep painting, keep moving, keep evolving, and surround yourself with a good core group of artists who not only think the way you do, but who don’t think the way do, and who also are involved with other styles of art. In a sense we are all artists, Fine Artists if you will, and we should all include one another despite our different methods of creation and different methods of thought.
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