With AI, the Danish artist DVK emphazises the thought process and the artistic visual experience for the viewer
an interview written by Mona Lisa Abramovich
DVK (b. 1989), is a multi-disciplinary AI artist from Denmark. He has been stunning the world with his art in exhibitions all over the globe. These exhibitions include galleries in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Rome, Paris, Vienna, Milan, South Korea and London. DVK’s creativity and artwork spans from illustration, graphic design, print, a wide knowledge of working with AI (artificial intelligence) and mixed mediums.
His work is often inspired by Expressionism, Nordic Noir, Futurism, and architectural styles such as Brutalism. With his work he both shares his feelings and experiences as well as strong opinions on the world.
DVK founded the AI art movement AIIA (AI Infused Art), which includes very prominent names in the AI and NFT space.
We have had a talk with DVK about his creative process, prior to his ongoing show in Paris 100% AI *there is no such thing as 100% AI (read below)
From where is your drive generated, in regards to your artistic work?
Beyond the passion of working on my art, my creativity is also an outlet. I’m able to let some of these thoughts and feelings go after finishing a piece. It is often easier for me to express or process it with artwork and colors, and then I can connect to people through it, who have either experienced or felt a similar way.
So my art is often a mirror or a direct view into my inner universe as an artist. In my mind I was born creative, I have always been creative and full of ideas or solutions.
My inspiration often comes from reflecting on the world, culture, community and personal experiences.
How did you develop your artistic vocabulary?
I would say I developed it over the years, I’ve always been interested in art, and art community - it is especially interesting for me when I can be a part of helping other artists understand the styles and develop their artistic signature.
Do you work with a project-minded approach, or does the themes of your work evolve in a more dynamic way?
I am definitely project minded. I tend to pre-decide what I want the collection to look like and then I am focused on creating highly cohesive pieces with individually unique motives that work together in an overall presentation of an art style. I’ve spent several months on some of my collections.
At times I create pieces that stand alone, inspired by a situation or thought that I feel the need to express. I have decided not to stop myself or restrict myself to a specific routine with rules of how to unfold my creativity. So I will let myself work with these ideas whenever I get one that I wish to try out.
What is your preferred media and why?
Definitely Artificial intelligence. With AI I can put extra time into the thought process and the artistic visual experience for the viewer. This means I will spend less time with the minor details such as grass straw.
I love to paint in the traditional ways as well, but I have always liked to focus on the message and thought behind the piece.
Are your works pre-thought or do they emerge by their own?
My works are usually pre-thought, I highly believe in being mindful and letting it show in the artwork, I like the idea of sharing an opinion through art. I do create purely for the beauty of it as well, but I rarely release those pieces, as they don’t carry the same level of meaning to me.
If your works are pre-thought, how do the idea emerge and how do you select which ideas proceed, and which not?
First of all, when I get the idea I will consider it for a while, over days, months or even years. So I have a list with ideas and then I will proceed with them as it clicks and I feel that I am ready to visualize my thoughts. As I keep going through the ideas, I will prioritize the ones that I sense people can relate to.
What do you believe is a key element in creating a good composition?
The short answer is color, tones, the rule of thirds and the golden rule, but beyond that it is important to look at each individual piece and have your eye tell you. I often use darker tones in the foreground and highlight elements in the center, this makes the distance clear but color and light is also very useful, for example on the roof of a building or at the top of a tree.
If you should mention an artist(s) that influence your work/draws your attention, who
would it be and why
I will mention a few that have definitely inspired me in some kind of way. Edvard Munch, and expressionism I remember fascinated me in my childhood and it still does, the thought of expressing a feeling through art, without words. Otto Frello, a Danish illustrator who painted so many details in his pieces, I always loved details. Otto is probably my favorite artist. Andy Warhol, not by his art, but with his art persona, putting on a facade when it is time for business. William Blake and his highly imaginative universe is extremely inspiring. Edward Hopper with his composition and depth.
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