Each episode features an established artist or group of artists in the post graffiti/urban art/contemporary art scene and will bridge the gap between the artwork hanging on gallery walls around the world, and the artists who create that work. Interviewing artists in the post graffiti/urban art/contemporary art scene.
The German duo ‘Various and Gould’ are some of the most thoughtful street artists on the scene with their very own particular blend of conceptual street art. Active collectively for nearly two decades, they began working on the streets of Berlin in the early 2000’s, a time when the city was exploding with creativity and artists were afforded (for multiple reasons) an abundance of freedom to experiment in the streets and cultivate their voices. Their street education paired with their formal art training at the Berlin Weissensee School has afforded them a perspective unlike many others in the urban contemporary world. Their ongoing projects cantered on social issues and their ever changing use of materials and techniques keeps their work fresh and meaningful and a favourite among street art enthusiasts as well as galleries and the wider art world.
BUST discovered his love of art much like a backpacker tracking through the African jungle ‘discovers’ West Nile Virus. Graffiti bit into him in his early teens and it instantly took over his life. Growing up in Basel Switzerland, painting trains and writing graffiti was all that mattered to the young artists, but it wasn’t until many years later that he recognized what he was doing as making art. He quickly began experimenting with every method of putting art in the streets from posters to stencils, installations and fake campaigns, and anything else he could come up with. The work that BUST makes today is visual history lesson of all the things he has done in his past. A mash-up of styles and media all constructed with the precision and craftmanship only a Swiss guy is capable of.
Aaron “Woes” Martin is a man of many talents. Best known globally for his paintings, sculptures and murals of cuddly yet ferocious pandas Woes has carved out a life for himself that pretty much anyone would be envious of. He travels the world creating art that people universally love, He lives in both southern California and Hawaii where he was born and raised, and he maintaining an active roll in the hip hop and dj scene that he credits for having a massive influence on the man he is today. On top of all that, or maybe because of all that, he’s also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and definitely one of the most fun to talk to. We were fortunate to sit down with Woes in his home city of Honolulu during Pow Wow Hawaii 2018 to discuss a bit of art in-between a heavy discussion of Hip Hop.
Royyal Dog is a mysterious and complexed dude. With his humble art beginnings as a graffiti writer in Seoul South Korea and a cultivated love of all things hip hop, Royyal Dog spends nearly all of his time these days traveling and painting intensely realistic portrait murals that mix hip hop imagery with his traditional Korean roots and a splash of Christian messaging… a combination unlike anything anyone else on the scene is doing and which sets him apart from the rest of the pack. His skill with a spray can is incredibly impressive but it’s his strong Christian faith that he feels makes him special. We were very pleased to have the chance to sit down with an artists as interesting as Royyal Dog while in Honolulu for Pow Wow Hawaii 2018.
Dulk is one of the hottest artists on the mural scene these days and seems to be part of more projects than one man should be able to handle. His incredibly detailed murals and studio works are based on the animal world but have a mystical air to them that challenges reality. His murals focuses on animals native to the places he paints and mix brushwork with spray paint in a way that seems to give him a larger range of colors then the rest of us. Based in Valencia Spain, the work he creates in his studio, just two blocks form the ocean, is no less impressive. Whether sculpture or canvas work, the clean and precise images are full of color and fantasy. We were very excited to sit down with Dulk during Pow Wow Hawaii to discuss all of it.
Lauren YS, also known as Lolo, is a ball of fire and creativity. Originally from Hawaii, now based in the Bay area of northern California, she spends most of her time these days traveling the world painting her own very specific style of psychedelic imagery featuring strong feminine themes and mind bending dream-like scenes. Her personality and punk-rock identity within the artworld give no indication to the surprising path she took to get here, but with a helpful spark from Vantagepoint alumni Nychos a few years ago, Lauren stormed into the global mural scene and has showed no signs of slowing. After a few beers in the Lana Lane studios one evening during Pow Wow Hawaii 2018, we switched on the mics and recorded one of the most fun interviews we’ve had on Vantagepoint with the wonderful Lauren YS.
Spencer Little is one of the most exciting artists we’ve met on VantagePoint in a very long time. At 6 foot 5 inches and over 250 pounds he is a big dude but his size is not what impresses you most, it’s his enormous personality, intelligence, and creativity that hits you from the first moment you meet him. His wire sculptures which are actually more like 3D drawings dripping in wit and satire, are constructed from one single continuous piece of wire without a sketch and are absolutely some of the most impressive and intelligent pieces of art you’re bound to see. Little has been doing his own form of street art in southern California basically hidden away from the rest of the world for quite some time but we have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot about him in the near future. We sat down with Spencer during PowWow Hawaii for one of the most psychedelic whirlwind interviews we’ve ever done that will bend your mind like a wire.
Part 4 of a 4 part series, recorded with special guest Host FinDAC.. we catch up with Vantagepoint Alumni on what they been doing since we last spoke to them on Vantagepoint. Recorded on the day of the opening of Urban Nation in Berlin, this interview series is loose, irreverent and ever increasingly drunken.
The final episode features Dave the Chimp, Caratoes, Jaz and Borondo
Keep an ear our for unexpected 1UP appearance also .. although its more just chaos than any actual interview..
Needless to say, this is the drunken part of the night.. its loud, unruly and general chaos..
Part 3 of a 4 part series, recorded with special guest Host FinDAC.. we catch up with Vantagepoint Alumni on what they been doing since we last spoke to them on Vantagepoint. Recorded on the day of the opening of Urban Nation in Berlin, this interview series is loose, irreverent and ever increasingly drunken.
This episode features Roland Henry, Vidam the Weird, DXTR the Weird and Base23 Even more beer has been consumed, the looser the better..
Millo is a quiet guy trying his best to fly completely under the radar, silently going about his business without accidentally stepping into any spotlight along the way. Unfortunately for him, the business he ‘goes about’ is far from under the radar. As one of the most prolific mural painters on the planet, and specializing in big walls… i mean REALLY big walls, Millo’s imagery is some of the most recognizable in the entire scene. The Italian painter, aided by his “take no bullshit” partner, travels from project to project focusing almost exclusively on mural painting rather than juggling studio work or commercial work like most others in the game. The calm and gentle nature of his murals, with their simplified mostly black and white color palette and playful giants seemingly unaware and unconcerned about their gross disproportion to the worlds they inhabit, speak volumes to the nature of the artist himself and it was an absolute honor to get this rare interview with him on VantagePoint.