A Dialogue In Fluorescence! Meet Dive Madhouse
I follow this artist who is expressive and raw in his works. The playfulness in his art moves me. In one shining moment of courage I wrote to him asking if I could interview him for an article that I want to write. In less than 24 hours I was setting up the interview with DIVE which is a pseudonym for Fredrik who is a 24 year old artist based in Gothenburg, Sweden. So, here we are, endless coffees and an interview later, ‘DIVE’ING into his world of fluorescence!
How and when did you first start painting?
I have always expressed myself in one way or another. It’s always been a very organic flow and expression to me. The words were explosive and looking back - they sparked my creative energy. About 5 to 6 years ago I ended up at a penthouse-after-party with a wide range of people – together creating a raw context of creativity, and I had this sudden urge to paint. Two people from the crowd– one being a musician and the other an altogether creative soul–and I, unknowingly, created an abstraction of the artistic vigour the context had let pass at that time. We painted almost all night and when I woke up alone in the apartment, I awoke to this bright sunlit room that seemed to have brought life to the vibrant work. It was as if there was movement in the painting. This was certainly the birth of the fascination for raging expression through color, inside of me!
What are the mediums you use to express with?
A medium is merely a means to reach my expression. I am constantly, consciously as well as unconsciously, observant of my surroundings and I find myself seeing opportunities in spaces, odd patterns on the general street and in different tools of communication. But when I paint, I most frequently use oil pastels, oil paints, rose leaves, acrylics, spray paint etc…
How has travel influenced your art?
My family is today based in Sweden. My siblings and I have had a great cultural exchange and breadth, growing up. We lived in various countries. My first few years were in Paris, France. Like the well-known cliché, Paris and France had an influence on me through their vibe and cultural-dna itself, which was and is so alive! I have also lived in the U.S, the very beautiful Greece and am now back and based in Sweden.
In each of the cities I have called my home, the vivid urban vibe has spurred me in the search for that beyond. I am sure that this has influenced my process. Two branches, with highly possible roots in the mentioned, are both the raging – raw tone which helps me strive for truth and essence in the expression. The other branch, contrasting the raw nuance coming from a forever-existing longing for that’s elsewhere.
What is your process while creating?
All my creations are focused more on the process than the outcome. When I am in my studio, my exploration begins with my canvas flat on the ground. The music is often pounding and helping me in the process of letting expressive waves pass. Soon, I allow the development to take over. I paint usually with the athletic enthusiasm of a performer on stage! A process, which is often oozing with raw energy as I use my knives and brushes. I am currently experimenting with 3D items that I add on to my artwork which projects another dimension of my expression to the viewer. I never truly know what the subject of my artwork is; hence I let my intuition take centre stage while creating my artworks. The fluorescent colours I use have a lot of light in them and are easily juxtaposed against the simple forms and line drawings in my creations. The dynamics are created naturally. In the process, a reccuring principle is that of waves and motion.
What is your take on the use of social media in the art world on a global platform?
I think social media when used right really has the opportunity to bring people together. It’s a complex yet lean outlet for free flow of thoughts and communication. It allows people to collaborate and exchange ideas, despite long range distances. Our conversation right now is a testimony to this thought.
How does it influence the arts community?
The arts community is undergoing a huge transition as we speak! The influence of social media on the same is huge and to an extent, never before seen. It empowers people, thus making it highly democratic in its entirety. It is very organic to the day and age. It offers the possiblity, for those who use it well, to communicatively enrichen artists and allow the same to reach and interact with their audiences, patrons and buyers effortlessly. It makes it possible for artist-buyerrelation to grow, not necessarily restricted to a showing specific to a geographical location. It provides opportunity for each person to carve out their niche. Furthermore, it allows for collaborative projects that are harmonious and carry great synergy. The influence of social media on the arts community is already beginning to show effect and will with certainty, contuinue to grow. It’s the start of a mega-offline-toonline-transition that is going to sustain through positivity and exuberance.
What are the key words you would explain your art with?
With a very respectful approach, I let my works, as I have simply let them pass through me, be the subject to the understanding and experience of my audience. However, process-wise it is an approach built upon raw yet playful motion, and that would be motion not only in physical terms but also in the expressive letting of passing waves. Key words on the spectra on which the end-results could be added, could be a general abstract take on the one side, with a naïvistic or pseudo-naïvistic outlet on the other. My pieces are more of a representation of what is passing within more than what is physically passing around me. It spurs from longing to be in touch with the very core.