CREATIVES SPOTLIGHT – EVANDER BANKS, VISUAL MULTIMEDIA FINE ARTIST @ECKOFATL

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Tell us about your creative path so far and any milestones that you have?

My creative path so far has been filled with ups and downs, but mostly rewarding. My biggest milestone at the moment is to have a solo show, been thinking about it a lot lately.

What sort of specific art styles or artists are you inspired by?

I would have to say contemporary art, graffiti, street art, accidental art, ancient art, abstract art, black art. As far as artists I couldn’t even begin to name some of the artists I’ve been influenced by, way too many to name.

Tell us about one piece of work you are not proud of, and what did you learn from it?

Back in undergrad, I took an intro to 2D, on my first assignment I had no idea what I was going to do as far as subject matter. I knew I wanted to apply to be in the BFA but I knew I had to take all the prereqs. I ended up doing a graffiti-esque piece, My professor stared at it and said this isn’t going to cut it. I trashed it, then went back to the drawing board literally. I ended up doing a black and white piece that utilized space and lines, a very successful piece. I learned that not everything has to be so literal and don’t be afraid to obliterate the box.

What is your best self- care technique?

I don’t know if I have a ‘best self-care technique’, but I do advise people to spend adequate time in nature away from people and technology for a brief time every so often. Whenever I get the chance and weather permits I swim in the rivers here in Georgia.

If you were on a desert island and could only take one piece of creative material to help you with your work what would you take and why?

I’d probably bring a magnifying glass because it’s like how they say, the devil is in the details. I believe nature is the greatest artist of all time, no one paints like her. I think most people try to understand the bigger picture, but fail to really look at the fine details.

How do you seek out opportunities?

Covid-19 has made finding opportunities difficult because of a lot of different platforms are flooded with opportunities but you can’t figure out which ones are best for you because there are so many options. Right now I’m seeking out opportunities mostly online.

What does support mean to you?

Support to me means feedback, show where your dollar goes, and be present.

If you could change one aspect of our society through your work, what would it be and why?

I would say curiosity because people lack the notion to look deeper into issues, they’d rather read titles or headlines than to find out what’s really going on because they’re so overly stimulated.

What are two useful pieces of advice that you have received from people?

The first piece of advice I would have for artists is to continue making work even if you don’t like it or you don’t think it’s great you never know when it’s going to come in handy, you never know when it’s going to be something great. the second piece of advice I would give is to not sweat the small stuff, when you look back it will be so insignificant.

What are the next steps with your work that you are looking to take?

The next step with my work is showing internationally, I have friends that have and I’m so jealous. Then it is to have a solo show, I’ve been thinking about it for the last 2 years. In between these two things I’m hoping to get in some murals as well hopefully.

What are some platforms that creative’s and freelancers should be using right now and why?

As long as you are utilizing the usual suspects as far as platforms you should be fine, there are ones that stand out for example if you are of African-American descent and are disabled you can be featured on the BlackDisabledCreative platform which I totally advocate for, use platforms and represent you if they don’t represent you don’t use them.

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