Does Loveletters Crew interview

July 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm

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So when I first saw a Does graffiti piece I thought it had nice blends, but basic letters, and that was about it. Then I saw another, and another, and another, and each Does piece was more evolved and more complex, but still balanced and easy to look at. Does keeps adding to his pieces, but it keeps getting better and better. At this point I get a little frustrated seeing his work, he’s just so good now that he’s far, far ahead of the pack. But all his fame and all the people hyped on him are well deserved, Does is a beast that doesn’t stop or slow down!

It felt good to get this heavy hitter on board with Neighborhood Love, so read and enjoy what we talked about.

Neighborhood Love:

What city do you represent and what neighborhood do you come from?

Does:

I represent and grew up in Sittard, a small city in the south of the Netherlands, near the German and Belgian border.

Neighborhood Love:

How long of you been painting and how did you get started?

Does:

I have always been interested in drawing and my interest in graffiti developed when I was in my early teens wandering the streets of my hometown. My eyes were drawn to the tags and soon after I discovered a wall in a hidden tunnel next to the trackside. This place opened up a whole new world for me. In 1997 I did my first piece at this very wall. My two best friends were patrolling for me.

Does | Mural | Duisburg, Germany 2012

Does | Paper | 'Skyfall' | A0 | Mixed Media

Neighborhood Love:

What would you say is the style of the kind of graffiti and artwork that you do?

Does:

I think my work and style is best known for the bright colour combinations, the details, the clean and strong lines and the balance in the letters.

 Neighborhood Love:

I really believe that yourself and LoveLetters crew have really innovated a new style of graffiti, how did that come about and where do you see it going in the future?

Does:

In my opinion, graffiti has evolved to include many different styles. Younger writers are less bound by the graffiti rulebook, which I think is a good thing.

The LoveLetters crew can be seen to represent this; as all its members have a different focus and expertise, which brings new elements to their graffiti styles as well.

 Does | Canvas | 'Endless Summer'Does | Canvas | 'Style Studies' | Acrylic on canvas | 50cmX50cm

Neighborhood Love:

I notice you like to use a lot of texture in your pieces by creating depth and you also use a lot of texture of the surrounding wall as your background. Does the physical wall effect what you end up painting?

 Does:

The identity of a wall is determined by its surroundings and its location and my work is always a product of the surrounding area. For example, I choose colours on what I have available and what suits the wall.

 Neighborhood Love:

Tell me about some of the favorite neighborhood you have painted around the world. I know you’ve traveled quite a bit and painted quite a few different cities now.

Does:

A few things come to mind. My top 3:

1. Glue sniffing kids who trying to steal my bags and cans in Bogota, Colombia.

2. Painting next to a big tigersnake in Tasmania, Australia.

3. Painting under a bridge in the Bronx in NYC – I was standing on piles of dirt and hundreds of serringes and I came across the people who lived under this bridge.

Another experience that I’ll never forget because it was so terrifying is the earthquake in Christchurch New Zeeland. My girl and I were there when a 6.8 and a 5.4 aftershock hit the city and 60 little aftershocks followed during the next few hours.

 

 Does | Mural | Bologna, Italy 2012Does | Mural | Toulouse,France 2012

Neighborhood Love:

I have to say you’re a hungry painter; there are not many people that can keep up with the amount of work that you produce. What you think it is the drives you?

Does:

It’s become a way of life, I wouldn’t know any better now. What I find is that every year there are new things and new collaborations to discover.

Neighborhood Love:

What’s been your experience with gallery shows so far and dealing with the street elements to the gallery element?

Does:

In a gallery context, the street elements cannot be completely translated or kept alive. The question is whether that is what you want to achieve. For my last solo show, Endless Perspectives, I choose a construction site in Melbourne, which was a perfect setting and atmosphere for the work that was on display.

Does | Mural | Melbourne, Australia 2013Does | Drawing | 'Streets' | A3 | Black Ink

Neighborhood Love:

I know we talked about the new video projects you’ve been putting together. How did that come about?

 Does:

In March 2012 I started thinking about my work and what I take away from it. I realised that only a handful of the walls that I had done so far were still in tact and the only thing remaining was a picture and a memory. It’s interesting that as a writer you spend a lot of time and effort on a wall, while you know it could be gone within a day without even having any say in it. I then came up with a concept that would put me in control over my own work. I decided to paint one wall in various cities, incorporate canvasses in each wall – so that I could capture some parts of the wall – and to paint the wall back to black once everything had been photographed and documented. In this project, the only thing that remains is a memory, a photo and a movie of the work.

The title ‘Endless Perspectives’ signifies the infinite interpretations and unlimited ways in which art and experiences can be perceived. I named the project ‘Endless Perspectives’ as during the project my perspective evolved continuously. I had to adapt to changes or to new elements that were added to the project. There were quite a few unanticipated hurdles to overcome and I found that these challenges always added something interesting to the project as long as I kept an open mind and a positive attitude. It’s all just a matter of perspective: the viewers’ included.

 

10. I would also like to say that I think it’s extremely honorable seeing you put up Dare’s name; he was an amazing artist. Would you like to give out any other shout outs? And thanks for everything!

 

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Does | Paper | 'I Reveal' | A0 | Mixed MediaDoes_Eindhoven, the NetherlandsDoes | Canvas | 'Nothing Lasts Forever' | Acrylic on canvas | 70cmX90cm