seeing the work of Stain & Scout, who were hitting up more impoverished areas of the city. It taught me a lot about placement and how the area you put something in can really affect the way it comes across to people. I would say overall, I’ve always been pleased by the way people perceive my work. It’s always really fun when I get to meet an elderly person who loves my work, regardless of the fact I call myself Mr. Prvrt. I’m assuming you were practicing your craft way before you exhibited in a museum/gallery...can you compare/contrast your early work to the work you’ve presented to the public?
The first stencils I cut were one layer jammies I was printing on tshirts. I actually still have the stencils themselves. What mediums do you work in and do you have a favorite?
Ever since I started cutting, I’ve been straight up spraypaint and stencils all the way. What interested me the most about you was the public artwork you helped create with a collective of artists in Albany. Can you explain the mural project to me? Were you commissioned by the city to create a mural? The very idea fascinates me as usually, cities like Albany, Toledo, and Detroit are all about washing over graffiti-type work. How did you get them to say that not only will we not paint over your work, we want you to paint something beautiful for us?
It was actually the owners of the Spectrum 8 Movie Theatre who approached me themselves about doing the mural. They are lucky enough to own the building itself, and therefore actually didn’t have to obtain city approval. Nonetheless, the project was an overwhelming success, and it still maintains its spot as the largest mural in the city. I did the project with a couple named Dwell & One Unit, who I worked with for a couple years while I was living in Albany. 26
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