WK Interact Interview | Moniker Art Fair
Create! Magazine is a proud partner of Moniker International Art Fair which will be held in May in New York City. Moniker shines a spotlight not only on young and emerging artists, but also on leaders in the urban and new contemporary art movement. For the forthcoming iteration of the fair, they will be highlighting one of NYC’s most recognized wheat pasting artist, WK Interact. Originally from France, WK Interact has been working in New York for over 20 years. Read our interview below to learn more about his work!
Tell us about your background. Were you interested in art as a child or did you come to it later in life?
Well, I started to draw when I was 8 years old as my father was a painter. I think I became passionate about art from seeing him in his studio.
What brought you to New York?
I was first in New York when I was 13 years old, but did not have a chance to visit as I had only landed there for a connecting flight to Miami. I came back at age 16 in 1982 and it ended up having an incredible impact on me. My flight arrived late at night and I only knew the address of my hotel on 82nd street near Central Park. Of course, it was the cheapest place to stay and the worst hotel at $15 per night. I spent the next three months traveling all over the state using Greyhound buses and after this, I decided to focus on creating art ‘in motion’. At the age of 18, I came up with a process of making distorted images using a Xerox copy machine which helped me find my signature style. After placing many canvases in my hometown in the south of France illegally, it was obvious to me that the best city to create that sort of interaction with my work would be New York. I ended up living in the city for many years and became a french New Yorker. I’m still living there today!
How has living there affected your work?
Living in New York for me was important to just be there and connect with the city. For my work, I feel that it becomes part of an event or a corner of the street. Even I start to blend in with my work by wearing all black clothes.
Can you explain your interest in figures and your unique techniques to create your work?
My work is based on the following concept: First illustration, then the location, then the motion interacting with the scale of the building. My real motivation is film. I decide to use the street to recreate a story and take photos with people passing by. The interaction part of my concept and process is where I came up with the name WK INTERACT.
What are some of your inspirations?
Sculptors and photographers like Calder and William Klein as well as the film industry including French Connection, Blade Runner...and so many others.
What will you be exhibiting at Moniker?
I will have one large work and 8 posters plus a large print directly installed on a wall.
Besides showing with Moniker, do you have any other projects this year you'd like to share?
Plenty of projects, but I can’t mention anything yet :)