LCS INTERVIEW :: MWM Graphics

mwm www.mwmgraphics.com

Have you ever been arrested for any Art related incident, what do you think about Banksy and do you condone sticker art on public property?

In recent years I’ve been able to evade trouble in one way or another. I lace up the kickers really tight and choose the right spots. I’d rather put up 300 stickers in one afternoon on a crowded Newbury Street in Boston than try to do the same thing at 2 am. Seems a bit backwards, but it is the way to get shit done.

Banksy is the king of this. Anyone with their head on straight should have respect for his work and his methods. I bet he is approached on a daily basis to do very lucrative work for big corporations… but to my knowledge, he is not having it. His integrity and wit is very admirable.

Public property is an interesting concept. I encourage and enjoy quality street-art anywhere it fits. There are codes that I personally follow in regards to where I’m willing to put stickers and graffiti. Some people have higher standard, some have lower standards. I sometimes ask myself “would my mom get a kick out of this?”. If the answer is yes, the spot gets hit.

What inspires your geometric work?

I have a huge fascination with math and architecture. Nature is important too. On a very basic level, these three things are the core of my abstract work. How much do you get paid as an Art Director? It ain’t a bad 9-5. Nuff said.

Apart from Art and illustration what other things are you into?

Family time with my wife and son, back-country adventures in Maine, reading about all sorts of stuff that is relevant to contemporary tastes. I stay dialed into street culture in general. I’d list all of the magazines that I peruse, but it would take all day. One really cool thing about being in advertising is that everyday is a new challenge. You need to be familiar with the product or service before you can successfully work on it. So in my time in this industry I have studied and learned about all sorts of interesting stuff. I’m currently art directing for a bank, so everyday I’m learning something new about their services. Might sound boring, but knowledge is power.

Who are your favorite artists/illustrators alive today?

Well, I’ll make it easy and give everyone a chance to do some research… The KDU, Depthcore, The Seventh Letter Crew and the whole Wallspankers Team.

Which galleries have you shown at and which galleries would you like to show at?

I’ve been in some really cool shows. East and West. I’d love to line-up some more showings in Cali and NY.

Are you involved in any collaborative projects at the moment?

Lots of collaborations going on right now, but I don’t want to spoil the surprises. I recently did work with Poketo, People Like Us, Owl Movement, Team 08, Dj Limelight, and of course Wallspankers. I am always down for collabos.

Is there anyone you would like to work with?

For sure! If I would listen to it by choice, enjoy eating or drinking it, wear it proudly or be moved by it’s design and innovation… I want to work with it.

What’s next in the pipeline for MWM?

B&W Bangers 3 is at the press. VectorFunk 2 will be going to the press in a couple weeks. The WS:1234 Book will go to press this summer. Solo-show at this dope boutique called Cream in Portland, Maine next month, and another solo-show in April at Sanctuary here in Portland. I try not to show the same work twice in the same town, so I have my work cut out for me for the next couple months.

Transformers or Rocky?

“Eye of the tiger” is the shit. But, so is “More than meets the eye”. Tough call, I guess the new Transformers has me more pumped than the new Rocky.

Hip-hop or Rock?

Aesop Rock.

A spray can, but no canvas or a blank wall, but no tools?

I think limited tools yield more interesting results 9 out of 10 times. I’d love to spend an afternoon rubbing mud and twigs all over a boulder, or arranging found objects from the side of the highway. Range is conducive to growth. Believe that.

You can see more of MWM’s work at
www.mwmgraphics.com/

Darren Di Lieto

Darren Di Lieto is the founder and editor of LCSV4 the illustration news portal. The illustration new portal is a place on the net for the promotion of illustration and the self promotion of illustrators.

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