We welcome in Danish artist Mikael B who joins us with Weightless, his debut RUN which we are excited to drop as he prepares for a massive 10,000 square foot solo show this October in Copenhagen. We caught up with the Los Angeles-based artist to find out more about his debut print release, his approach and more. Read on below and snag Weightless before it is gone . . .
1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about this piece, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this imagery?
Mikael B: Weightless. I love the feeling. I often have that feeling when I’m painting away in my studio and I forget about everything around me. It’s some kind of an euphoric freedom to get lost in the moment.
1x: Was this imagery part of a recent theme, series or show that you had? If so how did it fit into that given grouping?
Mikael B: This piece, is part of a brand new series “Fragments Series” that I’m working on for my upcoming solo show in Copenhagen opening this October.
1x: When was this piece created and what materials were used to create this original artwork?
Mikael B: I think I used over 100 different colors of spray cans alongside acrylic and my own alcohol based mix. My favorite choice of flat and bright brushes and a bunch of masking tape. Oh, and my hairdryer I need that cause I hate waiting for paint to dry ;)
1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this image?
Mikael B: “Weightless” is the very first in a series I had in my mind for a while. I wanted to break up my geometric style and experiment with new compositions.
1x: How long did this image take to create from start to finish?
Mikael B: I worked on and off for a couple of weeks on this piece.
1x: What is unique about this piece compared with your other work?
Mikael B: This is what I would call the third generation of my geometric compositions. And this is the very first in that new direction.
1x: Why should people buy this one of these prints?
Mikael B: I hope people for just one minute will forget everything around them, disappear into a world where everything is possible and you can forget about worries and negative thoughts and just be.
1x: Describe this image in one gut reaction word.
Mikael B: WEIGHTLESS.
1x: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Mikael B: When I could hold a pen, so that’s probably 30 years ago…but was it art? Of course it was, art is anything you can get away with. (Warhol). My first piece was on primed linen, the letters “SK” (after that I started tagging KETS which I still do). It was also my first graffiti piece which I painted in the year 2000.
1x: What artists inspired you early on? Who inspires you now?
Mikael B: (Early on) Bates, Swet, CMP, Dare and Seen. (Now) Bates, Risk, Swet, CMP, HuskMitNavn, Dare, Kaws, Obey, Retna, Banksy, Vhils, Felipe Pantone, Takashi Murakami.
1x: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what?
Mikael B: I listen to music constantly. It puts me in a special state of mind, the state of mind where everything is flowing from my mind into a visual concept. My taste in music is eclectic, but deep house is particularly motivating me. I usually blast it out on my speakers in the studio or full on in my headphones at the mural. Music is just so special to me; I’d be dancing around the studio while creating.
1x: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why? Any deceased artists?
Mikael B: Damien Hirst, because I would have absolutely no idea how that would turn out. Bob Ross so we could paint happy little clouds together ;)
1x: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Mikael B: Don’t remember actually. The last was a piece from Jeff Gillette.
1x: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Mikael B: My so far biggest solo show will be opening on October 6th, as I take over a +10,000sqft raw and industrial building in the heart of Copehagen.
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