KOSTIS ARGYRIADIS

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

KA: I would say black & white street, abstract photography, direct in some ways.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

KA: From earlier photography, from cities and their stories, from walking around pointlessly, from painting and poetry.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

KA: I usually walk around with my camera and I find my project on the way. Little pieces at a time and then the bigger picture reveals itself, or when I am obsessed with something an idea or an ideal or real object, I spend enough dead time thinking of it, doing nothing and then, one day I start to work on it vigorously.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

KA: Fantasy and amusement.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

KA: I don’t believe that there is a particular lifestyle or anything like that, being an artist is a privilege in our times. I think artist means less sleep and more confusion in general.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

KA: To really listen and to really see.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

KA: I think yes, it is important. If you love something it is good to show it, the way you love it.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

KA: The money, of course.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

KA: The different perspective of things and time.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

KA: I think that Daido Moriyama, a Japanese photographer, inspired me truly and deeply when I was still learning photography. I return many times to his photographs and his way of seeing things, his perspective towards photography.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

KA: Technology is a gift that someone can use. I think for an artist it depends on the person, I also think that there is a lot of talking around technology and art, I don’t see why not, on the other hand I don’t see why. You live in this planet in this time so act like it, I mean you cannot pretend that technology isn’t here.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

KA: Yes.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

KA: Yes, I really like traveling. I mostly enjoy London, it is so big, so beautiful and so ugly. Everything is happening anytime and at the same time. It is a metropolis, it is chaos and I love working in such a place.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

KA: Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac is one of my favorites.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

KA: I am now working on a grotesque project, its blurry and shaky and with a lot of grain and confusion in it. It is experimental actually.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

KA: It means trying to answer a question that doesn’t exist.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?  

KA: “Inertia Creeps” by Massive Attack.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

KA: Giving importance to no important things.

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