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Behind the scenes at the viennacontemporary with graffiti artist Mario Sprühter

Did someone say ‘hangover brunch’? Everything you missed at the viennacontemporary and more.

What’s bet­ter than a brunch? A hang­over brunch after the vien­na­con­tem­po­rary in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Art Gor­geous, of course. 

Tak­ing place last month, the vien­na­con­tem­po­rary invites art lovers to enjoy a unique view into the vibrant con­tem­po­rary art scene of Cen­tral and East­ern Europe. Some­one who has a unique view, and a unique and usu­al­ly ever-chang­ing can­vas, graf­fi­ti artist Mario Sprühter shared his cre­ative tal­ents with the brunch guests by rein­vent­ing the neubau glass­es cas­es with his eye-catch­ing aesthetic. 

We chat­ted to this dynam­ic artist about every­thing from sus­tain­abil­i­ty to find­ing inspi­ra­tion in unex­pect­ed spaces.

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What was your high­light from viennacontemporary?

While I was illus­trat­ing the eye­glass cas­es, I stopped draw­ing from time to time to see how peo­ple react to my illus­tra­tions. I was filled with joy know­ing that some peo­ple went home that day with a smile on their face and with my art in their hands. Putting a smile on some­one else’s face, that’s the best high­light I can think of. 

How impor­tant is it for you to engage with oth­er artists and oth­er works of art? 

I am at a point where I con­stant­ly try to learn, progress and push my art to the next lev­el. To progress, it’s impor­tant to find a good bal­ance between study­ing oth­er artists and their works of art and study­ing your­self. I con­stant­ly try to find ways and oppor­tu­ni­ties to con­nect and learn from oth­ers as much as I can. 

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How do you stay cre­ative in an indus­try that demands it?

Relax­ation — that’s the key. Stressed-induced cre­ativ­i­ty is not a long-term strat­e­gy.” In order for my mind to come up with new con­cepts and ideas, I need to have a calm and relaxed state of mind. As weird or cliché it might sound; sleep, exer­cis­ing, going out and tak­ing time off, play a big part in my life in order to stay cre­ative. All of these sim­ple and basic things help me gain peace of mind, stay bal­anced and cope with stress dur­ing wak­ing hours. If my mind is relaxed, it will always come up with new con­cepts and ideas. 

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What inspires you?

I love skate­board­ing. That’s a huge source of inspi­ra­tion for me. Skate­board­ing is a very inde­pen­dent form of artis­tic expres­sion. You will find the most cre­ative, unique, inde­pen­dent and open-mind­ed peo­ple in the skate com­mu­ni­ty. The skate cul­ture is a vibrant, free and ever-evolv­ing phe­nom­e­non. There are no rules, no coach­es, just you and your board and this big skate com­mu­ni­ty of like-mind­ed indi­vid­u­als com­ing togeth­er to have fun. And we do have fun, trust me. ;-)

Anoth­er big source of inspi­ra­tion for me is the hip-hop cul­ture and it’s four ele­ments: DJing, MCing, Break­dance and graf­fi­ti. I am so pas­sion­ate about this cul­ture because hip-hop is more than an art form. It’s a social move­ment that val­ues art as a form of dis­rupt­ing the norm and cre­at­ing a dia­logue that encour­ages soci­etal change. From the clothes I choose to wear to the music I lis­ten to and the draw­ings I make, every­thing is influ­enced by those pas­sions and interests.

But if you take a clos­er look at all those inter­ests of mine, you can notice that all of them have some­thing in com­mon and that is: peo­ple. Peo­ple inspire me the most. A big part of the inspi­ra­tion for my draw­ings comes from my dai­ly social inter­ac­tions. If I hear some­one say­ing some­thing ran­dom but I find it to be a good idea for a draw­ing, I quick­ly note it down in my phone or sketch­book. I have lots of ran­dom phras­es that peo­ple said saved in my phone because I found them to be inter­est­ing and poten­tial unique ideas for my future illus­tra­tions. So yeah, peo­ple are a big inspi­ra­tion source for me.

08 Oct 2019 · neubau eyewear