Friday, 20 August 2010

LSD Magazine Interviews - Free Humanity (issue 5)

Los Angles based artist Free Humanity has been carving a new sense of public consciousness and political awareness on the streets of Tinseltown. Pirating iconic imagery and jolting it into the modern
paradigm he uses both the classic and the pop to frame his striking statements about the pain and hypocrisy that society wreaks on individuals.

How long you been actively placing art on the streets and what first motivated you to take direct action?

I've been inspired by art in the streets since I was 8 and starting taking the bus to skate spots, but this year is when the opportunity to blast the Free Humanity idea came into works. My motivation comes from walking through the streets of L.A the past year and a half along with all my readings on Buddhists teachings. Also the interconnecting socio-economic- politic climate that I have grown up in and still see to this day.

Why did you choose the paste up poster format?

I like a lot of mediums but for the streets Stencils and Paste ups offer the biggest message in a artistic way without having to spend hours at one spot hand painting or using spray cans on a wall. Because all is impermanent.

Who were your mentors when you first started?

The streets, My sk8 Board. Siddhartha Gautama, Thich Nhat Hahn.

Tell us a little about the thought process behind your Chebama pieces?

This Piece is my commentary on the The 30,000 Troop escalation in Iraq as Obama was receiving the Noble Peace Prize a very Sad Irony in my eyes War Begets War. There is a Black Power Fist holding a U.S Missile on the Beret symbolizing the struggle of class and power and the grasp the opulent has on the Global War Machine there is also the 4 Pedal Lotus Flower crossed with the Obama Campaign Logo. The 4 Pedal lotus flower is based on the Buddhist teachings of the 4 noble truths.


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