Interview with Laser 3.14

Posted on August 26, 2017

Do you have any new projects coming up you can tell us anything about?

There will be a new Laser 3.14 book on the horizon, we’re in discussions now so keep close for more news! Also I’m excited to say I’ve been working with Wouter Snel and Macloud records on an EP of my poetry. It’s a collaboration with Wouter who's written some really stunning music and I’ve been writing the poetry and doing the vocals. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to have it released. 

Your work has become really famous around the city of Amsterdam and many inhabitants of the city have become great friends and try to spot your pieces all around town! Do you think you will ever leave Amsterdam and try to conquer another city with your art?

Maybe one day but personally I feel my work works best in the Amsterdam environment. There’s something about the look of this city which I find unique and it pairs well with the immediacy of my work. I love the visual look of a work of mine sprayed on a boarded up Amsterdam building. But having been in cities like Hong Kong, Saint Petersburg, London, Frankfurt, Munich etc I also find that every city I do my art in creates a specific unique atmosphere.

Your work gets a lot of social media attention, every time you put a new piece up hundreds of people Instagram it or put it on Facebook, as someone who wants to keep their identity hidden, what do you make of all this public attention?

As an artist it’s very nice that my art engages with the public. As I work on the street my art is very available for all people, more so than if I would solely work in a gallery environment. I like this new world where an artist has a very wide reach. One can create an art piece on the streets of Amsterdam and instantly get someone on the other side of the world to see it and even share it.

You call yourself a visual poet and all your works seem to be little poems or artistic statements. What does poetry mean to you? 

Paul Celan once said: Poetry is a sort of homecoming. The mother of my son recently said: “You can easily live without drawing but you clearly can’t live without writing poetry.” She has a point. For most of my life I’ve drawn everything from graffiti to comics to illustrations and I always try to get as much of me into the work as I can but writing poetry gave me the tools to put even more of me in my work. What I write is what I think and what I am. It’s extremely personal and I really don’t mind showing that to the world. For me it works as a catharsis: The moment one has one’s feelings, emotions, ideas or inspirations materialize outside of them it feels like a cleansing. At least it is for me, so in that way poetry is very important to me because I have this need to share it.

Photo by: Anne Barlinckhoff