Stencil artist The Dotmaster presents his latest exhibition at London’s Imitate Modern, with his range of mixed media collection of the street art world. Entitled ‘Trash ‘N’ Cash’, the exhibition explores our conscience and identity through our perception of currency and luxurious big brands. The artist’s play of juxtaposition brings in questioning notions to how we perceive our perspectives towards our society. Ultra Vie had the opportunity to interview The Dotmaster for an insight of the artist’s perspective and on ‘Trash ‘N’ Cash’.
As a stencil artist, how do you find yourself in the art scene today compared to when you started in the early 90s in Brighton?
During the early 90′s there was localised pockets of artists playing with stencils. A lot where graffiti artists in their own right, in Brighton where I was based there was Vinnie ‘Nylon’, Req, Pablo Fiasco. You could see Banksy on the streets, I remember him doing the front door of Upfront printers which was kind of a hub venue where the Bob Dobbs lot were printing stuff and doing crazy parties with Positive sound. Flyers and promotions were graphic and innovative, the streets were an extension of a lot of its elements. I think its much more the same these days in its simplest form. Except now there is a global interest in the medium and location.
Trash ‘N’ Cash is seen as an acute social commentary to today’s reality. Could you tell our readers the issues Trash ‘N’ Cash is bringing up through your works?
Acute social commentary? Not sure about acute, there are themes I play with merged in the show, perhaps centered around trash, vulgarity and currency. Each is a theme I have been playing with for some time, the trash has become a localised traveling piece, that picks up branded bags from where it has toured, the trash in Marylebone is the latest interpretation of this in this location. It’s Miami next and mood and feel of the piles is very different. The rude kids are a new series coming to a wall near you. There is a play with money somehow over the years the Funnymoney series has been constant companion, its been fun to work with Imitate Modern to produce this site specific body of work, I think it reflects the locality to some extent. It’s a playful show.
The Trash ‘N’ Cash exhibition makes reference to the less glamorous side of luxury brands. What inspired you to challenge brands?
It’s not really there to challenge the brands, in some way its the public that demands the brands within the piles. They tend to be site specific, with Macy’s and Nike bags appearing on Melrose Ave in LA and heavy luxury brand heavy piles for Marylebone. The brands tend to reflect the occupants of the area. They are all accompanied of course by the constant of the streets the humble black bin bag. These latest ones come with thick damask drape backgrounds… It has its humor.
Could you tell us how the series Buck & Dough came as an idea?
Probably through meetings with the gallery, and it’s location in London and it’s current obsessions with celebrity, which are well documented. I am a Londoner born and bred I suppose in some way it’s a critique on my own town. I thought the celebrities I curated as good representations of the bad girls (the does) to that of the bad boys (bucks) . It’s an all girl gallery, in a fashion celebrity area. I’ve bumped into Helena Bonham Carter outside the gallery and Lewis Hamilton, and Sophie Hermann were there on the opening night. It seemed apt.
What do you expect viewers to gain from your works in general?
That’s too hard to answer.