Hey everyone! Lunchbox here. I wanted to start by saying thank you to all of those listening and supporting Acute Visions! It means the world to us and we feel you!
This is our new “Artist In View” spotlight. A place where we will highlight creatives and pick their brains about their passion, motivations, goals and much, much more. This week we sat down with local visual artist, aab_stract aka Andrew Bjorke, to see what makes him tick and what keeps him going. I came across Andrew on socials a while back via a friends channel, and instantly fell in love with his particular flavor and style. Luckily, we were able to commission not one, but BOTH Acute release covers this month from him! First, Pressure from BiNAURAL, and second, my 5th single Lemon Meringue, out next Friday. We figured, what better way to kick off our new Spotlight series than with this talented individual, so lets get started:
LB: What got you doing what you’re doing? Why do you do it?
AB: I have always been an artistic person as long as I can remember specifically drawing patterns. It is something within the art world I have always been attracted to. It is the only thing that truly makes me happy and I am able to have laser focus while creating. It’s something I feel I can do where I can be my authentic self.
LB: How long have you been doing your craft? Any other hobbies you want to highlight?
AB: I have been making art since I was a little kid, but I started taking it more seriously about 3 years ago when I went back to school to really hone in on the fundamentals. That helped me get to where I am now.
LB: Who are your biggest influences? Musically, and otherwise?
AB: Some of my biggest influences within music and art are Jimi Hendrix because of his free spirit, Bob Marley because he is such a huge to the world and has brought so many people of different backgrounds together through his beautiful words and music. M.C. Escher is an inspiration to me when it comes to pattern and illusion. I also love the surrealist style of Salvador Dali, his paintings constantly have me thinking in an abstract way and one more artist is Chris Dyer for always being such a good soul and giving me tremendous motivation to keep creating art and being a kind human being.
LB: What Keeps you motivated during these unprecedented times?
AB: Creating art definitely keeps me motivated during this difficult time. If I didn’t have to do I truly don’t know what I would be doing. Also people showing their support has kept me motivated. Sometimes I felt blocked mentally, but being able to share my art with people keeps me going because I know it’s a small light that can brighten up someone’s day if they are going through a rough time.
LB: What would be your recommendations to someone looking to get into design work / VJ work like you? Any insight into your world?
AB: My recommendation for someone trying to get into art or some type of design is that you have to make the time for it and really study and practice. Nothing is going to be easy but take small steps, don’t overwhelm yourself, believe me when I say it’s not worth the stress. Also try and find like minded people and ask for help, that is never a bad thing to do. Most people in this industry want to help people grow. I guarantee they have been in situations where they had no idea what they were getting themselves into and they needed help as well.
Thank you again to Andrew for creating his amazing art and taking some time to chat! Thank you to all of those behind the scenes making this happen, and most of all, Thank YOU! Be sure to follow aab_stract and show him some love!