Hi Kevin! Congratulations on being the chosen Featured Artist of our latest pack Mythos. Please tell us a bit more about yourself!
INTERVIEWING – KEVIN HILGENDORF
EXHIBITION XIV – MYTHOS
Thanks a lot! I’m really happy to be the featured Artist on this exhibition. It’s really a great time for me actually, because the last few months were really productive for me as related to doing art. Recently I got a place to study “Communication design” in Berlin. I’m so happy about that! I’m getting 23 in few days, love art, music and all those things what young people do :D.
Alright! What kind of art and music do you like then? Do you make music yourself?
No, I’m not making music unfortunately. I maybe would, if I would have the time and the creative resources to do that. But I decided to put my creative resources into art. I really like authentic music, music which is produced in a passionate way. For me music should have a vibe that has a unique feeling. Music is my constant companion. I like deephouse, uk garage, electronical music, drum n base, smooth rap, jazz, soul, instrumental stuff or just a mix between these styles.
Sounds like a broad interest in music. Anyway, how do you feel after being both nominated and eventually chosen as Featured Artist? Was it something you worked towards?
It was a great feeling. I didn’t work towards being featured artist, I just worked to being a better artist. This is still my attitude to life: getting better and better in what you do or in what you’re talented in. The last months were really intensive, because I had to do a portfolio for the university as application. I think it was a good time for me. I enlarged my horizon of doing art and design.
Is Mythos the kind of theme that really inspired you? Or was it a theme that was hard for you to come up with a good concept?
Oh I really liked this theme. I have a penchant for mythical magical things. I like fantasy RPG’s or movies like Lord of the Rings or series like Game of Thrones. I love to immerse myself into those worlds. So it was a simple thing for me to do something for the Mythos Exhibition.
What type of medium do you usually use? Can you define your style?
I’m someone who loves to work on computer and use the typical Adobe programs. But I’m also trying to make art on other ways like the traditionally drawing/illustrating way or to experiment with materials or whatever. My style isn’t finished yet. I’m still in an identification stage. But I would say that I really love to use colors in an excessive way. I want to let my works shine. I love to use textures and soft lights. I like the combination of this.
Well said. Do you have a big inspirational source? Do you maybe look up to someone?
I like many artists, but I’m not a fan of someone, because I’m focused on improving myself and find my style. I don’t want to imitate others. I’m getting inspired of so many things. Mostly it’s music, nature and of course other art/artists. But I’m also getting nice ideas when I have profound conversations with friends or reading books/articles.
You contributed to this pack with a series. It includes three different pieces with a common story, so to say? Can you tell us a bit more about this triptych?
There is no real story behind it. I just wanted to create a kind of a world or a kind of mythical species. I’m getting inspired by those old European myths, something like archangels, vikings, nordic gods and all that stuff. This is so interesting for me and I just let myself go and did my own interpretation of those things.
Interesting! What is your favorite piece from Mythos?
I really like the pieces of Rebecca [Weaver] in this exhibition. She really has a lovely way to illustrate. I always love the art of Vexatious. I also really like Golem from bxd. But there are so many nice pieces in this exhibition.
If you’d had to pick one?
Oh this is difficult. Hhmm… I would go for Immemorial by Vexatious.
Well, thank you for this interview! Are there any last words you would like to share?
I also have to say thank you! I’m really proud of my artgroup. We really got a lot of pieces, unique pieces and such a huge variety. This is what Cosmosys represents.