Evond Blake is a Canadian multidisciplinary visual artist who has worked under the pseudonym MEDIAH for 23 years.
An Internationally renowned visual artist, MEDIAH is a trendsetter sparking new ideas and originality by blurring the lines between post-graffiti and dynamic abstraction. Blake’s work consists of weaving traditional street art forms with traditional painterly techniques and mixed media printmaking using many forms and approaches found in digital art and design. Heavily inspired by avionics, mechanical engineering and schematics, the artwork glorifies and captures the essence of speed, motion, dynamism and force to create movement on the image surface. Blake’s work provides the viewer with not only this glorification of speed relating to the thirst for a faster and more streamline world but also its unavoidable repercussions of collision, disaster and chaos.
As an artist, I strive to create visual content that inspires, intrigues and uplifts my audience. I feel it is imperative to create positive imagery that can give to the viewer in a time of violence and uncertainty. My artistic heritage lies in graffiti art; which is the means by which I established myself as an artist at 15 years of age. My urban artwork in public spaces has given me an outlet and created opportunities for me to explore new avenues of artistic expression without straying too far away from my graffiti roots. Although my paintings, mural artwork and fine art prints evolved from my traditional graffiti work they are now heavily inspired by my fascination with speed, motion, force and the resulting chaos and subsequent order. My followers and fans label my work as ‘Dynamism’. Many people ask me what I am trying to depict in my pieces and what my artwork titles mean. I honestly don’t know because the Creative Force and Intelligence behind these pieces come from beyond me. My job is to simply follow the Spirit’s detailed set of instructions and to listen for the unique name of the piece. I believe that my inexplicable artwork provides a window for viewers to behold otherworldly dimensions and environments. Every viewer sees something different. The speed, power, force and dynamic energy that can be tangibly felt when observing my art is a direct result of the Spirit breathing life into it.
Robots and technology have been a huge influence in my life and artwork since the age of five. After seeing the animated television series Voltron, I spent countless afternoons in my parents' basement building my own robots from boxes, broken toys and any scrap material that I could lay my hands on. I was fascinated with the idea of multiple smaller robots coming together to form a larger, super robot. Around the same time period, the Apple IIC computer came out on the market. I scoured the programming guide so that I could animate the computer characters. This concept of animating technological figures and constructing and deconstructing of robotic parts is still the driving force of my artwork today. I enjoy capturing and glorifying the essence of speed, motion, and force to create movement in the image surface.
Graphic/Digital Art, Painting, Aerosol, Mixed Media
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