Futur Lasor Now is a MTL Based artist who made quite an impression at the Fresh Paint Gallery with his latest exposition. He was nice enough give me a quick interview about his latest work and him-self
Fresh Paint: Where did you get your name from?
Futur Lasor Now: I’ve always been obsessed by lazors, for as far as i can remember, I’ve always been working with those. At first it was major lazor or something like that but the this other guy went viral so i had to change it to something else. At the time was working for this company who was making a lot coupons saying stuff like ‘’start saving now’’ so i decided to snatch an ‘’now’’ out of it. It got a lot of people confused but I loved it and it stayed over the years kind of a mantra.
FP: What made u go from the bird to the politicians?
FLN: I read a lot and I’m always interested by current events; just like a lot of artist, I’m influenced by what I’m exposed to. But the original idea emerged from Turtle Caps, he’s the one who curated me to do this. One of the goals of the exposition was to give a base knowledge about the political game that’s going on and the players that are shaping it. Make it accessible to the people that are misinformed, or just don’t care: which is like another huge part of the population. And that’s when that type of work becomes really interesting because it feels like you’re awakening people to what’s going on or at least shaking them up. I used to be apathetic for many years, because, in some way, I thought that ignorance was bliss. But now, we’re getting to a point where whether you want it or not it’s going to affect you. So you either sleep on it and let things happen or you take action.
As for the birds, well I’ll keep on drawing them so the can keep evolving and move forward. Its kinda exciting that they will grow because to me I’m always learning, I still kinda feel like that especially when it comes to drawing and painting.
FP: Could you tell us more about your creative process?
FLN: In street art it all comes in phases. For instance now that spring is coming I have all the ideas that have been floating in my head during the winter that need to be filtered out.
I usually have a bunch of ideas that be nagging at me to the point that I need to get them out so I can breath again, for a while, until I get the next idea and then the process starts all over again. But I find it very pleasurable. It keeps me balanced and happy. That’s just how I move with my art, one idea after the other. Sometimes nothing comes out of it but that’s part of it too.
FP: How would you define that process?
FLN: Well the world is not a perfect place, if it was there wouldn’t be any graffiti or anything like that. People feel all kinds of different ways that they need to express, so they use art as canvas. I see it as a real representation of where you are, a real representation of the world. Like not just the clean parts of the city where you only see ads kinda like in a magazine which is nice, but its not real. I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks like that, a lot people will relate to an art show when its based on a real story or communicate real values because its engaging than something that was just made up, and that’s because art painting never lies. If you feel a certain way it will automatically be reflected in your painting. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, for instance you have some sad painting that are very beautiful and the other way around. As humans we’re are these gambits of emotion, so you cannot fake it you are really expressing yourself. It has to be natural.
FP: I really liked the Stephen Harper in terminator’s mode painting from the latest exhibition. Could you tell more about it?
FLN: Well Stephen Harper is a big motivator in my art because he’s constantly doing things that drive me insane. Apparently, he never eats or drink in public so that no non-flattering pictures of him would be taken while he’s doing it or never answers a question that’s hasn’t been reviewed before by him or his staff. I once saw these pictures of robot men which reminded me of him because of all these things that were always super prepared that which kinda feels robotic.
FP: Politics is delicate subject to treat. Did you get any feedbacks from someone that might’ve been offended by your work?
FLN: Well I think that here in Montreal, people are pretty cynical when it comes to politics. During the electoral campaign I was doing things on election signs and people were loving it. Whenever I do something like this people will be down with it or they will simply just not care.
But it is true that politics is not a super popular thing to talk about in art. Nowadays people rather have something nice and generic that won’t rug them in the wrong way.
FP: How do you feel about that?
FLN: Well that’s how the world is right now. When you have a platform you tend to use it as commercial space that will attract people and make money off it. But there are spaces where you’ll be given carte blanche so you can freely express your opinions, but you’ll still have to fight for those, as most of the time people just want a visually aesthetic thing. Because those others subject kinda make them uncomfortable: most of us don’t want to have this discomfort in our lives, which is why we choose to ignore some very important facts.
FP: How do you handle the pressure that one can endure when debuting in the art industry?
FLN: Well when I first started doing street art, nobody really knew anything about what I was doing and to me that was kinda fun. Because I was just experimenting different stuff and it didn’t really matter then, and it still doesn’t really matter. But now whenever I put things up, people will tag it and put my name on it. So I’ve got to think about how it’s going to be perceived. But its part of the game although it shouldn’t control what you do in a way that you would stop trying and experimenting new stuff and keep you from expressing yourself. Rather than seeing it as a restrain, you should see it as a privilege. I think that when an artist, all of a sudden gets a lot of attention he instantly realized that everything he does will be noticed. He will obviously be affected by the attention he draws. Sometimes it’s positive but sometimes it has negative side effects. But I really think it depends on the person and how you let it affect you. Some people strive on it and it pushes them to move forward.