Interview: Dot Dot Dot

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DOT DOT DOT is the pseudonym for an anonymous Norway-based graffiti artist. He first started as a graffiti artist in 1997. Operating under several different pseudonyms over the following years, he decided to step into a more figurative and conceptual mode of art. Around 2007 he started to do stencil art, but continued to do graffiti. He was noticed a few years later for painting a rat in the town of Sandvika, just outside Oslo.

He has left his mark on walls around Europe and especially Norway, in cities like Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Copenhagen, Berlin, Fuengirola and Malaga. His age and real name are not officially known.
Source: Wikipedia

Dot Dot DotHow or when did you start doing street art?
I started doing graffiti in 97, but changed my media in 2006/2007, and started trying out stencils, paste ups etc.

Do you have any formal arts education?

Have you always been an artist? If not, then what where you before you became an artist?
I’ve always been doing art on the streets, but only the latest years I started doing stuff for the galleries.

Are there any artists who particularly inspire you?
Many artists inspire me, but the first people that brought me into this were the locals where I grew up.

What was your most memorable “street art” experience?
Hmmm… That’s a though one! Since I mostly did graffiti/stencils by myself the last few years, must be the one time in the late 90’s I invited my 8 year old brother out to help me out on a huge silver block buster on the trackside.

What percentage of you time is devoted to art?
The early years was more for fun, but the last few years it escalated to be more serious and spend 12-15 hours a day 7 days a week.  So yes, I would say… The only thing I’m doing when I’m off other than having fun, is to sleep most of the time.

NuArt 2013 - Photo Credit Henrik Haven

Do you have a message in your art?
Yes, I would say that. Don’t think anyone make something without a thought or idea behind it.

What do you think about the politically charged street art, like that of Banksy?
I try to involve politics sometimes, or at least a small message here and there, but mostly I just do things that pops into my head.

In your opinion, the street art that takes longer to paint and with more intricate detail has more of an effect than the spontaneous stencil street art?
It depends on the image. A small text can be as powerful as a huge mural.

How do you feel about the role of the internet and social media in making your works more accessible to the public?
I don’t know… I guess the “blackbook” is more digital and global today than it was earlier.
Street Art is still considered vandalism, how is it for you to go out and paint in the street? Did you ever have any problems with the law?
I spent some time in jail a few years ago for painting trains. But now when graffiti and street art is evolving to be a more public movement, It’s easier to get away with it I suppose.

bums_9th_grandHave you participated in any street art festivals or special events?
I participated at NuArt Festival last year, and that was probably a turning point for me internationally. Great festival with a lot of great artists and people involved. Followed up by the LA Contraband group show in Los Angeles by Black Apple Gallery in November.

Any words of advice for aspiring artists?

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone
– Bill Cosby.

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