Paul Stone

PAUL STONE Or “My Dog Sighs” as people know him

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Do you know that the empty kens, boxes and other already useless things can be a perfect material for making unexpectedly exiting art?! If it sounds strange for you let me introduce you Paul Stones, who chose a queer but very impressive alias – My Dog Sights. He surely knows much for the pleasure of making people happy and being himself in the Art. What is the prize? He will tell us more about it in the next rows.

Do you remember the time when you felt that you have the gift to draw? When was that?

I’ve always loved my own personal space and time to sit and scribble but I remember when I was about 7 I was proud of getting a star sticker reward for my drawing of a fish I did at school. If I have to be hones I didn’t often get rewards for my art work so it stayed with me and even when I grew up I was always the kid that could draw stuff.

How you decide to draw on kens, boxes and other packs?

I fell into my own place just in time when I was working on my Free Art Friday Project. Once a week, every week for over than year I’ve been painting something and leaving it out on the street for a stranger to find it. I loved street art much but I felt it is wrong to damage someone’s property, so by leaving art work out in the street I had all the advantages of the beautiful urban landscape and open audience that street artists get, but without all these unnecessary damages. I couldn't afford myself to leave canvas out and in the same time I didn’t want to add extra trash to that on the street, so I began to find a trash left out by people, than I brought it to my studio, I’ve painted it and put it back out. When we talk about the cans, shoulders and body forms are already there; it means that half of the work is done for me, the face is shaped too and all I need to do is to add the facial features and to give them a new life.

What kind of materials you use to create such a different art?

I’m definitely not a purist when I am making art. I use whatever is at hand - spray paint, acrylic, ink, graphite. All of them are unique and have their own appearance.

What kind of messages are hidden in your artworks?

My works are filled with a tangible melancholy. It stems from the feeling I get when I imagine all these pieces left out on the street to fend for themselves alone. In my head, the time between being left out and being found must be a desperate one, just like the feeling which many homeless people must to have inside. We all want to be loved and all around can understand those moments of melancholy and loss. I think that helps to be created a bond between the work and the finder. If the work can tug a heart string then maybe the finder will be more likely not to leave it.

Do you accept your art as an ecologically oriented as you recycle in some way all these unuseful already packs?

Yes, of course. Society is so wasteful. Things once useful are thrown away and discarded. Im sure it’s a metaphor for life too.

How people react seeing your art pieces?

I hope that it is a feeling of connection; of recognising the feeling of abandonment and being able to rescue something thrown away by society as useless. I want these art pieces to find homes with people who are willing to pick them up, to take them home and to love them. In fact to make a stranger form with this empty tin can is a funny way to work as an artist.
What inspires you?

Often it is my imagination. I imagine how a finder will reacts when he or she will stumble across my work. I try not to wait around to see who picks up my art pieces because in my head the story is so romantic. The reality is different. I’m sure that some of my works do not have a chance to fall into the hands of someone who really will love them. In fact in the early days I was staying around to see who will pick it up. Once I worked for a week on a big piece and than I left it at the opposite side of the near cafe so I could sit and watch what will happen. After about 15 minutes of being ignored by the public, a street sweeper came along with his cart and swept it up without giving it a second glance. I was gutted, but when work is on the street, that is the game, never mind if it looks fair or not. In fact I have no control over it, but that’s kind of excitement.

Being so emotional and sensitive is there anything you believe in?

I believe in karma. Making a stranger smile must inevitably mean that my work gives that good feeling to people around in some way, so I give it them too. Right?

Of course it is true and it is great but in that way of thinking I am wondering what are you dreaming for as an artist?

Despite the idealistic view that being an artist is a carefree existence, I have to say that the truth is quite opposite. My dreams often are filled with the worry of rejection; the panic that my next show will flop and the wonder whether I should frame the drawing I just did in natural wood or a neat black frame, or may be to add a little more yellow ochre to the canvas I’m working on. Despite of all that fears and worries I am living in my dream and have to pinch myself daily, to remind myself that I do spend my life and support my family throwing art around.

Making such strange kind of art do you have any teachers to follow? And if you have some, who they are?

My teachers are the artists that inspire me. The balance of perfection and freedom of Herakut, the soul deepening melancholy of Julian Kimmings, the utter abandon of Funns and the epic, empty yet, intricately natural landscapes of Los Dave are between my favorites. 

At the end I am curious to know what means the Art for you.

Art is the freedom to explore in intricate depth the finest detail and nuance of line, colour, texture and form. It is to know more and more about less and less things until you become intimate with them. In fact throwing paint around reminds of abandonce of a child. We were very good at playing a nice tactile and visual game when we were 3, but lately we sadly lost it, knowing more about life. It is the same with my art – you have to give before you get!

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