We’re bringing you inside the green room again with another amazing artist: Ly Tran. Ly’s work is something you’ll definitely get into, with it’s interactive style and captivating imagery. It’s hard to not stare at this stuff for a long period of time, but we took a second away from the artwork to get to know the man who created it all. See what he had to say below…
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Ly Tran and I am the artist of PlayStop. The name PlayStop sort of came about when I discovered an art form that was very fun and exciting to me. It has a sort of double entendre, one being the literal meaning where you actually stop to interact and play with the artwork, and also a very personal meaning, which is my process when I brainstorm. When I get into my zone, I begin by pressing play, I just go go go and keep going until I stumble upon a great idea, then hit stop, and I start to build around that thought.
2. When/how did you discover your interest for art/design?
I always had a desire to create as a child, taking scraps of whatever I had available or searching for random objects and trying to make something of it. I then realized about 6 years ago in high school that people enjoyed the things I’ve created. I took a few art classes to learn the fundamentals and then branched off into design because I was definitely a more conceptual thinker than a drawing and painting type of artist. Graphic design seemed a lot more practical at the time so I built my knowledge and skills around something I really enjoyed doing. Then came the fine arts, where I wanted to do something more impractical and personal, something where I had no limits. That is when PlayStop happened.
3. How would you describe your style of art?
My style or art form is very conceptual and interactive. There is more than what meets the eye, meaning my viewers have to be present and literally interact with my art to reveal something that is almost hidden in plain sight.
4. Where do you draw inspiration from the most?
A lot of my inspiration comes from my childhood. I was always fascinated with the universe and philosophy. The way we connect, perceive, and interpret the world is really a beautiful thing. An artist that I definitely look up to is James Turrel. His work is much more of an experience rather than something you put up on your wall. I have this weird obsession with lights and a lot of his recent work uses light in a very interesting way that always leaves you curious.
5. Which of your art pieces are you most proud of?
I have a line of work called “A Disclosure.” In a nutshell, there are two images that are hidden in one art piece. It’s almost impossible to explain in words. You really just have to be present and see it for yourself.
6. Do you enjoy listening to music while you work? What are you favorite tunes for when you’re in the zone?
I do like my silence when I get into deep thought about my ideas and concepts, but when producing my work, music is always great. Bands with great vocals and innovative beats always get me excited for what I am about to create. My current obsessions are London Grammar, Chvrches, and Disclosure.
7. In an alternate universe, what would you be doing besides creating art?
I would be exploring the universe while eating sushi for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Taking trips to different galaxies and seeing all the amazing things that the world has yet to see!
8. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I try to balance my spare time with being productive, relaxing, and spending time with my loved ones.
9. Any new year’s resolutions??
My only new year’s resolution is to continue to thrive for greatness and things that make me happy.
10. Do you have any upcoming projects for 2014?
I have a lot planned for 2014. I am working with a few other people to try to get my work noticed. It’s something I am very proud of and I am working on sharing it with the world! So look out for PlayStop. This is only the beginning!
Thanks, Ly! Until next time.
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