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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