Recently, I was able to chat with the Israeli street artist Know Hope over instant messaging. What follows are highlights from our conversations. I'm truly excited to share this interview with you; Know Hope is a street artist I admire greatly. Not just for his amazing paste ups and rad 3-d lantern pieces but for his no-holds barred earnest and heart felt messages. His solo show the Insecurities of Time, opens tomorrow at Ad Hoc in Brooklyn.
M: Hey! How are you?
KH: Doing good, how you been?
M: Awesome. Where are you right now? Are you in Tel Aviv?
KH: I'm at home in Tel Aviv, yeah.
M: So I first noticed your work a few years ago...I'm not sure where I first saw it. But it's so different than most street art.
KH: Thank you. I think...haha!
M: When did you start putting stuff out?
KH: I think it was right about when i moved to Tel Aviv...so like 4 years ago?
M: What was your work like in the beginning?
KH: Very text based. I used to write much more than I used to draw, so naturally that's what felt more relevant to me at the time. It usually consisted of a short piece of very associative writing and a small image paired to it.
M: Was it poetry you would put out, or free form writing?
KH: I don't know, it was just stuff from my note/sketchbook..I guess maybe a mixture of both..the term poetry is a bit ambiguous and problematic for me..the same way with the term art.
M: Yeah...it's really a personal take. Talk to me about the term art. What do you mean?
KH: It's funny, because the term is used in such an objective way, when the essence of the thing is to document the subjective. I think art serves so many various functions.
M: What do you look for in art that you like? For me...I need to be moved, I need to feel and think.
KH: I think accessibility, to know that the person was present when making it. Its very layered, the thought of trying to figure out what it is I need in art, because in a way, I am trying to make what I need. Like, I know which artists I like, and I know if something has an impact on me. But the function and aesthetics of art in my mind is constantly changing and developing as time/life goes by.