Lonely Artist Club had the pleasure of connecting with the artist RERUN to discuss their craft and creative passions. Let’s jump in…
First and foremost, let's talk art! What mediums do you work with and how did you come to find them?
I primarily work with spray paint and acrylic. It began in my teenage years when I delved into graffiti using spray paint. As I desired to explore color further, I transitioned to acrylic. This medium allows for experimentation and offers forgiveness, enabling me to work quickly. I have developed a deep affection for acrylic and its capabilities ever since.
"[Acrylic] allows for experimentation and offers forgiveness, enabling me to work quickly."
Your work is fantastic and we want to hear more about it, but first can you tell us a bit about who you are outside of your creative work?
Damn! Mmm... I'm RERUN, born and raised in Los Angeles. Fuck, I don't know. I feel like I'm a boring person. I'm quiet and private, always overthinking shit. Maybe I had a shitty childhood or something, haha. But as a kid, I started drawing and creating things to make sense of the world. Then I got into the graff scene as a teenager, and that changed everything. It changed how I think, how I work, and how I want to live my life. I paint things that I've experienced, touching on topics and emotions that I'm still trying to understand.
I have a few different styles that I love working in, each with its own unique purpose. The work I'm most known for is the cats, where I try to connect with my audience through relatable memories. Then there's the abstract figurative, my way of breaking down emotions in their most abstract form. So yeah, I'm always pushing boundaries in my work. Which is dope because I don’t know what I might end up creating.
"I started drawing and creating things to make sense of the world."
Almost every artist, at one point or another, experiences a creative block, right? Would you mind sharing your personal experience with managing and overcoming creative blocks or ruts?
Not so much of a creative block, but I have hit some low points in my life where nothing was going right. For a while, I was super depressed. I couldn’t work because painting felt heavy, my head cluttered, and the drive to create was gone. I thought this was the end of my art career. So I started writing, expressing how I felt. Trying to make sense of my emotions within those dark moments. Uselessly something sparked within these writings that motivated me to create again.
Sometimes it’s not ideal because it can get pretty dark, but that’s the beauty of making art. Presenting something that others haven’t seen, but have felt. I have a few black books on stuff I can work on in both good times and bad times in my life. So I would suggest writing. Tell a story you know. Or explain your feelings. Cause one day you’re gonna want to look back on what life threw at you.
"It’s not ideal because it can get pretty dark, but that’s the beauty of making art. Presenting something that others haven’t seen, but have felt."
Your attitude towards life's inevitable challenges is refreshing and truly inspiring. Are there any other aspects of your work as an artist that are equally, if not more, difficult to manage?
I don’t think there are any challenges to this, it’s just persistent. How bad do you want it, you know? The willingness to ‘do’ will always overcome any obstacle or challenges. I got no fear surrounding my art. You don’t learn from fear. Just do.
"You don’t learn from fear. Just do."
Have you ever created something by accident that you ended up loving? Can you tell us about the process of how this happy accident occurred?
So this one time I was wasted and drunk making art around anxiety studies. I ended up with this flower. Something I don’t normally draw, but glad it happened.
Okay, time to drop some plugs... If people were interested in learning more about your artistic medium, whose work would you recommend they look at and research?
Check out: Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Norman Rockwell, H.R Giger, Van Gogh, Louis Wain, Schopenhauer, and Fernando Pessoa. The details they put in their work and some of their backstories are interesting… how they just lost their mind, and the way they think. There are more but I’m just drawing blanks right now.
When it comes to living artists I would suggest these cats: big “PRIME”, “DEFER”, “HYDE”, “HEAVEN”, “GALO/MAKE”, ”CRG”, “MIKEMEDS,” “SEK,” “FIEST” and the “STN crew” I got mad love for these foos. They inspire me to keep going everyday.
We, sadly, are on our final question... What advice would you give to other artists out there?
Fuck what people think. Do you!
"Fuck what people think. Do you!"
Thanks again RERUN for sharing your work, your story, and your background. It was truly a pleasure meeting with you.
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