Interview with Artist, Obie Platon

How would you describe your creative style?
Perhaps the problem lies in the word style – so impersonal and vulnerable in my view, sometimes implying imitation rather than actual creation and often heading where the wind blows. I believe that authenticity and creativity request a more powerful definition to give birth to a unique perspective of the world or at least a way to reinvent and translate what you see in a contemporary context, yet differently from what others have done before you. Thus, I do not have a style, and I can say this after many artistic experiments that helped me push myself further. I would rather like to think of my art as a statement, not limit it to style, which would be inevitably left behind or forgotten at some point.

What’s your inspiration?
Society, the human nature and behavior give me more than enough to work with. My art reflects the parts of us as individuals and collective and of the world we usually do not bring into discussion for the sake of our own comfort or due to our chronic ignorance.

Interview with Street Artist, Obie Platon on Jung Katz
Interview with Street Artist, Obie Platon on Jung Katz

What is art to you?
Art is my way to protest against the flaws of the systems we build, love, obey and oppose to finally praise again. I think that art opens the mind to acknowledge the unofficial reality, the one you do not learn about in schools or by watching TV, and can offer the opportunity of a meaningful evolution far less absurd than some of our current beliefs and paths.

How do you keep motivated?
Although there are patterns and predictable journeys, I don’t think the world will cease to amaze and inspire me soon.

Interview with Street Artist, Obie Platon on Jung Katz
Interview with Street Artist, Obie Platon on Jung Katz

How would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
My “encounter” with graffiti and architecture made me understand both the importance of the message (without it, perhaps I’d make nice flower decorations) and how to share it in a way that links the audience to a certain space and time. I also find context to be key in defining a common ground to start the dialogue with the viewer. No matter where I create, I always try to reflect the spirit and moment of that place to send a message that is relevant. Because, for me, art is about constant communication and, at the same time, listening before talking.

Interview with Street Artist, Obie Platon on Jung Katz
Interview with Street Artist, Obie Platon on Jung Katz

What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
I do not propose a revolution, do not embark on some great mission or do not think I hold the supreme knowledge regarding the world we live in. But I do believe there is more for us to experience and understand than what we are told. Asking the right question may lead to some empowering answers. I like to share my questions with others, but we should seek the conclusions independently.

How have others reacted to your work?
It depends on who sees the work. I had some pieces censored even recently because some found them disturbing. But I always paint what I want and keep in mind not what people would like to hear, but what I think they should consider and take a bit of their time to listen to.

Interview with Street Artist, Obie Platon on Jung Katz
Interview with Street Artist, Obie Platon on Jung Katz

What do you want others to take away from your work?
An idea, a challenge, a question, the things that may help them see the big picture, while also not ignoring the details.

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
That we still have a lot to do.

Interview with Street Artist, Obie Platon on Jung Katz

Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
I turn my aspirations into projects. I am currently working on several new projects that go beyond focusing on just traditional painting or sculpture – I never use the medium as a starting point, but the concept and those aspects that I think have the potential to be timely, despite the perishable form through which you choose to express them.
More to be revealed soon on my website.

Follow Obie Platon on Facebook and Tumblr.

 

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