我们感到非常荣幸能有Michael Lau出席其本人在Zinc的Michael Lau x MINDstyle- Family Tradition艺术展。当然MTH也把握这个千载难逢的机会与其本人做了一段访谈。所有想了解更多有关Michael Lau的粉丝，马上看看这个星级的潮人访谈吧！
It’s been a pleasure to have Michael Lau over to Zinc for his "Michael Lau x MINDstyle- Family Tradition Art Exhibition" as it is a difficult one to have him over, hence we MTH have taken this chance to do an interview with him. For those Michael Lau fans in Malaysia who had never really know him much but loved to know him more, check out the interview now!
A: 那当然是MINDstyle及Godfather吧，哈哈。还有和Nike的合作也是我很享受的，因为Nike真的很支持街头艺术，也给我很大的自由去进行创作。最精彩的我认为是Nike在北京的Mr Shoe展览，在充满文化气息的地方有一个那么大的鞋子摆着，相当有趣！同时Nike的Blackball T90联名企划也是很有趣，当时做了9个不同的作品出来。
Q: 在之前LA的Gardener 10周年展览有什么趣事可以和大家分享的吗？
Q: What was the plan for the Gardener this year and next?
A: Talking bout the plan of the Gardener for this year and next year, I am definitely thinking bout an exhibition again in HK cause I want to show the Gardener to the new generation. They have not been expose to the original Gardener & at the same time I want to bring them to China and Korea because Gardener has not been publish there & this is my second time here in KL and I found it really developed versus the last time I came. I like this space Zinc so I thought about if there were an alternative, I would love to come back Zinc again.
Q: You owned a gallery in HK, how was it like to move from doing paintings to owning a gallery?
A: Actually my gallery is pretty much my own space to hang around & also my place to meet my friends and fans, its not like a gallery where I host other peoples work. So to me, is pretty much the same but of course I enjoy more space myself where I can do my paintings and all sort of creative work.
Q: What’s your daily schedule?
A: I doesn’t have a schedule for everyday, for a lot of times my main activity would be playing soccer which is my major interest. I don’t like things to be too planned. I quite like surprises cause I think as an artist I had to surprise myself too cause sometimes as an artist, as a person who creates, my art cant really be planned cause art is something pretty spontaneous.
Q: After 10 years, from today onwards, your art & the whole Gardener series, would they mature?
A: I thought I would really like to keep Gardener as it is cause I thought Gardener kind of capture history at the moment, the sports, the fashion & the brands & the younger people. I want to keep the Gardener like a piece of history & during the course of 10 years my creativity had shifted to a lot of directions so Gardener is a collection that I wanted to keep as it is. But at the same time I had to work on among other projects which I changes as well in the course of 10 years.
Q: What you think about the changes has been during the course of 10 years?
A: I basically think a lot of people are waiting for the new trend to come up. There’s a blasting time when a lot of artist appeared, some stayed & some gone & left those more classic ones & I am one who stayed. At the same time, I am thinking who’s the next one to come up.
Q: Why don’t you try to create a new trend instead of waiting for a new comer?
A: I don’t think I intentionally try to create a trend cause when I develop the Gardener, I was just doing what I enjoyed doing. But it was nice that people like it and it became kind of known. So in the future I don’t really think I would really deliberately think bout what to create as a trend cause if you really enjoyed what you are doing & you believed, I think if its really calculated, a trend cant just be created.
Q: What’s your inspiration now compared to 10 years back？
A: Actually the source of inspiration had not been change over the course of 10 years, it has remained the same. To me inspiration is everywhere, inspiration is about observation. To me creativity is about observing all the little details around you & finding the little details and blows it up & that’s how my creativity has been working the whole 10 years & still working right now. I think no matter what I create, it has to be me.
Q: How do you balance your work between commercial & arts?
A: i don’t really want to think myself as an artist who don’t do commercial stuffs. I think everything around me is art & it depends how you guys appreciate it & how commercial & the art factor balance up.
I honestly feel kind of enjoy what I am doing & so I doesn’t really wanted to differentiate or versus what I wanted to do for a living or for arts, so I think a life itself is a piece of art.
Q: Among all the collaborations you have done before, which one’s the most interesting?
A: Of course MINDstyle & Godfather was very interesting, at the same time I really enjoyed working with Nike because Nike is a brand that really supports street arts & they don’t give a lot of restriction to art. So I really enjoyed working with Nike. The most interesting project with Nike so far is Mr. Shoe exhibition in Beijing. I find it really interesting to have a very huge shoe installation in that area & at the same time I also enjoyed the Nike’s Blackball T90 project cause at that time I had created 9 pieces of art or character all by myself.
Q: So what brand that you wish or dream to collaborate with?
A: Maybe a few years back I would think of brands I wanted to work with but I thought those brands may not want to work with me. Instead now I wanted to focus on my own work cause I had been spending a lot of time working with other people’s stuff so I really wanted to have more time for myself to do my own things.
Q: Will there be a plan to issue the 12 inch figure?
A: Yes definitely but I do not know bout the plan yet. But for next year I would have a surprise for the fans, so stay tuned.
Q: Godfather, why godfather?
A: I met MINDstyle a few years back & the opportunity came when MINDstyle get the license from Paramount to do the Godfather figure & when MINDstyle approach me for this project, I feel pretty interesting cause I like the Godfather movie which is an all time classic & cause I am also named the Godfather of the vinyl toy so that’s how I decided to work on the project & I really like to create figurines that had strong character. For when I create a figure, it is important that its face had strong features & character & I doesn’t like doing pretty faces cause to me, their all the same cause its hard to take out the little details on them.
Q: What’s the difference between doing painting & doing figurines?
A: Actually their the same, the only difference is painting is 2D & figurine is 3D. Cause doing figurine, it involves the same process; we have to sketch & sculpt it whereas doing painting is just painting it. They’re pretty much the same. If you take time to appreciate the figurine & turn it 360 degree under the light, it’s in a way giving you 360 pieces of painting. So to me, doing painting & doing figurine it involves pretty much the same process.
Q: What do you think interesting bout LA’s Gardener 10th exhibition?
A: What’s interesting is when I met the MINDstyle crew, to me the crew is full of character & I enjoyed it. From my previous experiences in doing exhibition in London, Paris, Tokyo, Taipei and so on, I find that its not as easy to work with people from outside as they may not understand my style of work but the crew from MINDstyle is really helpful & that’s one thing I really enjoyed.
The second thing that amuses me is when I met with a lot of fans in LA, I felt that actually the Gardener fits LA in terms of culture, living & style. Another thing that amuse me is the fans I met in LA is 7 feet tall & they’re really shy & nervous when met with me & so I found that interesting. In anyways it’s a lot of fun to me in LA.
Q: What’s your expectation coming to KL?
A: I doesn’t know much of KL but firstly I would really like to try the good food & I am really happy to see the space (Referring Zinc) cause to have space like this in HK is almost impossible cause the land is expensive so to see a space like this is almost like a dream come true & also I think about in the future if there is such kind of space, maybe given some opportunity, I would come back. So I hope I would come back again to see you all.
图片 / Image : JD
文字 / Text : Will / Abs
. 13 December 2009