mercoledì 2 marzo 2011

Interview with Klone Yourself

q)Who are you? Where are you from and where do you live now?

a)Most people know me by the name of Klone or Klone Yourself , I've been using this name for the last 7 years so it kinda stuck .
I was born in former USSR in Ukraine and moved to Israel about 16 years ago , nowadays residing in Tel-Aviv so this is my home , this is where I mainly paint and sleep , though whenever I travel , my home is on my back .

q)What is it that you do? What media do you use?

a)I paint most of the time and recently experimenting with installation/sculpture abit , I use mainly watercolor/acrylic/ink/spraypaint at this point , each medium for its surface .

q)What do you think sets your work apart?

a)Hmm , I dunno if my work is that special or better then anything out there , for me its a way to try and understand my surroundings , I communicate better through visuals then words even though I'm not sure anybody out there actually understands this language I'm making .

q)How long have you been showing your work for? Did you have a “big break?”

a)I think my work is shown from the first time I painted outside which was in 1999 , but if you mean gallery wise , I started to take part in small group shows around the world around 2005 and shown here and there , in and out . I dont think I realy had a big break and I'm not realy sure what its all about , I would like to be able to keep painting , creating and living my way as long as I can .

q)What are some things that have inspired you?

a)The city , my childhood in Ukraine , my weird friends and everyday life .

q)What have you been working on recently?

a)Nowadays I'm preparing work for an upcoming art fair in Tel-Aviv , experimenting with paper and wood for an installation and planning out a mural for a museum show in the summer .

q)Do you listen to music while you create your work? If so, would you give some examples?

a)I usually put on local student radio station - that are playing indy music most of the day without any commercials, I spend many hours listening to music while in studio or while riding my bike and radio is the easy solution , plus you cant get more random then that with the music selection .

q)Do you do work in any other media? Other projects not necessarily related to your main body of work?

a)As I mentioned before , I've been experimenting with installation involving paper and wood at this point that hopefully I will be able to show at some dirty space :)

q)What advice do you have for artists looking to show their work?

a)If youre looking just to show your work - just go outside and do it on the street , you can do whatever you want , will have tons of cool/weird/funny/scary experiences along the way , you will learn your city much better then you ever thought you can and you dont need anybody's approval .
On other hand , if youre looking for art world approval then maybe you need the art world way which includes artschool and all that jazz , anyway , no matter what path you choose , or combine them both , most important thing is to enjoy the process , if you loose the fun then its time to do something else .

q)Do you have any upcoming exhibitions of your work that you can mention?

a)Yes , I will be exhibiting as independent artist at the "Fresh Paint" art fair in Tel-Aviv in the first week of april 2011 and also I will take part at a group exhibition dedicated to artists that came from street work at Helena Rubinstein pavilion of Tel-Aviv museum in august 2011
other things might or might not happen along the way so if you realy wanna know updates on shows , check my site once in awhile -

q)Where can people see more of your work on the internet?