David Marinos is in every right what an artist should aspire to be. He’s fearless of new ideas, and he never doubts the value of his own observations. He is also utterly devoted to manifesting those observations into a reality that the rest of us get to see. The volume as well as the diversity of his work could be considered prolific for someone of any age, let alone for someone who is still 17 years old. Founder of the Tumblr-sourced online art collective Lucent Kids, David also shows that his curatorship is every bit as meticulously guided as the aesthetic choices in his own work.
For all of this, however, the most impressive thing about David remains the fact that he is most excited about evolving, not trending. He is into what he is doing for his own personal reasons. Old people, and when I say “old people” I truly mean anyone over the age of 20, have a glaze over their eyes to new ways of looking at things, especially with the possibilities of new technology. They old all-too-often see developments like social media as mere superficial peacocking, or new digital tools as commercialized steps to mass-produce art. But David doesn’t see it that way. He is assembling online forums to connect people not as followers but as sharers of his passion. He also uses modern tools to stipulate ideas that he sees in a real world, not an artificial one.
In the realm of art and beyond it, voices like David’s are important not just for the uniqueness of their work, but because they remind us that new ideas and new perspectives are the most critical part of improving the ways in which all of us interact with each other and our environments. David is digging into the bigger picture, and what he’s found so far is already uniquely his own.
1. When do you first recall making art? How does it compare to your creative process now?
“I know I’ve been creating art or experimenting with it, since I was born. Art was always something that took me to a different place. Before I was really just interested in drawing and painting, but now I have learned to have my ideas come before my medium. So now, my process is calm and steady. I still try to experiment and push myself. But then there are other days where I will lock myself in my room and produce artwork for 24 hours straight. It always depends on my mood and the ideas I have inside of me.”
2. When did your interest in making images on the computer first take off? Do you enjoy working in other mediums as well?
“It really came to me, because I always had a computer, printer and a scanner laying around my house. So I started taking advantage of them and doing what I wanted. I taught myself how to work in different programs and very quickly I started to understand digital visuals. I always want to work in new mediums, but it doesn’t always happen because I don’t have the supplies or space needed. Same with my ideas, I usually have huge ideas about landscapes, architecture, exhibition spaces, and working with different elements. But for now I have to work with what I have.”
3. What tools are most useful to you?
“Myself and all my energy. I know in my mind, that I can make perfect, but that’s not why I’m here. I’m really here to evolve humans and explode the universe with my energy and creativity. It really isn’t about medium anymore or style. It’s about what you can do and show to the seven billion people that are on the planet today. And that’s what I’m working towards.”
4. Much of your work reimagines classical artistic styles in digital environments. Is this mainly an aesthetic choice, or is there a more personal significance behind it?
“It’s more of a personal choice, because I like to show displacement and distortion in time, environments and styles. And ultimately that’s just another thing that makes art, ‘displacement’.”
5. How has Tumblr affected your ability to interact with admirers of your work? Do the remarks of others affect what you make?
“Tumblr really helped me connect with a lot of admirers and followers, but I never let it have an effect on my work. The work I create is for me, the human civilization and the universe. So when I’m creating work, I’m putting aside the comments that are positive or negative on me and my work. And I immerse myself in my mind.”
6. What would you say inspires you more? Imagery you see on the Internet, or fine art? Perhaps neither?
“Everything inspires and disappoints me. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with fine art. I rarely see something on the Internet that catches my attention. But, inspiration for me is when I see reality. When I see people interacting, and when I see how the environment is built around them. I’m fascinated by how many sounds and visuals I can feel just by walking outside. It’s really about stopping and understanding where and who you are.”
7. Most people who were born in the late 90’s/early 00’s for the most part don’t recall a world without Internet access. Do you believe that this affects your creative process, or is the Internet mainly a platform for sharing your work?
“The Internet for me is just another platform where I can showcase and connect. I don’t put all my time and energy into it. But, it is something to get on and use to the advantage of yourself and others.”
8. How does travel shape your creative choices?
“Since a young age traveling was a common world to me. And everywhere we went it was always a new world to my eyes. Traveling showed me human civilization and environments from a very young age, and that is something I use a lot in my work. The colors and imagery in my work come a lot from the feelings I’ve felt in different countries and the visuals I’ve seen.”
9. Is asserting a signature style important to you, or do you value keeping things as diverse as possible?
“DIVERSE AS POSSIBLE. I can not stress this enough. Style is just another word for value. People value you on your style and what you put out. So give them every color and idea you have. Style and rules are suicide to the soul you have inside of you. I personally love seeing the audience in a panic, discomfort, or a cry for help. It shows that they are accepting or seeing change in front of them. That’s when the human body and mind evolves the most.”
10. What do you hope to do next with your art?
“Change and evolve humans and everything around them. I also want to be the first artist to create something in our galaxy. Just watch me.”