INTERVIEW- Stencil Art by Colasa

Interview by our JTS Taiwan writer, Jason Chen 

“Deep and tranquil, yet speaks loudly.”

From Taiwan, I happened to stumble across this dark and mysterious artist. Colasa excels in stencil graffiti art, using black and white to enhance power in his art. With a quick glance of his work, I felt instantly a strong tension and atmosphere coming at me through his work.

.

.

I noticed that you have a very interesting name with Colasa, what was your reason for choosing that?

I used to love drinking coke, so I just happened to use “Cola” and the Japanese word “Sa” as man together.

 .

.

At what age did you first start graffiti?

I started Graffiti after high school when I was 18. I was really in tune with skating and graffiti.

 .

 .

Are you part of a graffiti crew that makes art all around Taiwan?

No, I didn’t know any graffiti artists at that time so I tagged alone.

 .

 .

What is your preferred medium?

I’m currently experimenting with lots of mediums; I range from charcoal, spray-paint, paint and pencil.

 .

 .

I love how your stencils consist of just black and white; it shows a world of darkness.

Did you have any significant influence throughout the development of your style?

I started with regular stencil graffiti works with colors. Over time, I discovered my interest in black and white stencils; I find it to be easily recognized and distinct. I wanted to express my concept and art with just 2 colors. If I can express myself in just 2 colors, then that’s enough.

I believe that if you have too much color in one work, it might garble what you’re actually trying to express.

However, I do love to experiment with different colors with my work as well.

 .

 .

Is there a specific concept or idea behind your art that you want to create with your stencils and paintings?

When I started with B/W paintings, concepts weren’t a concern to me. I used topics that have to do with violence or darkness to grab people’s attention. In the past few years, I decided to transfer my emotions on to my canvas. You will not find extreme depictions of a mood in my paintings, such as happiness or sadness.

However, I want my audience to feel great tensions and emotions in my work while at the same time, there’s calmness in the piece as well. I believe that in a state of silence and calmness my work could still convey the power and the tension to the audience.

 .

So are you having any recent exhibitions?

Yes, on April 4th, I will be having a online exhibition at http://www.prettycranny.com/ ;

it’s going to include brand new works and concepts.

COLASA:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/c01asa

Blogspot - http://vampire-colasa.blogspot.com/

&nbsp

*

Jason Chen is a junior in Taiwan, an artist, and a writer for Join The Studio

*

Facebook comments:

%d bloggers like this: