What did you learn about him through this exhibit tour?
I learned that his real name is Brian and learned about different magazine ads and magazine covers that he designed for Captain Morgan and some dated all the way back to 1995. The guy has been around doing art and design for a long time.
So you met up with the curator and you all toured the exhibit. Tell me about your day there.
The people were very nice - the curator was Michael Rooks - they were all very nice people. They gave me a great tour and ran me down with a history of KAWS. A lot of it I already knew about but they let me know that whenever I want to come and bring a couple of friends that everything’s good. They gave me a couple of the actual High Museum KAWS t-shirt they have for sale. It was dope.
What was your general impression of the KAWS: DOWN TIME exhibit?
I think it was excellent, it’s a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. Just seeing all the kids running through the exhibit and checking out the artwork reminds me of my days when I was a lover of art. I still am a lover of art but my early days when I was first getting into art. I remember when we were kids on field trips and it kind of took me back, seeing those kids in the art exhibit for the first time or being at the art museum for the first time and just seeing their reaction and the smiles on they’re faces and taking pictures. I think that was one of the great moments as well and just seeing the art itself was great.
I think that’s one of the things about it, that he’s able to take those actual designs and actual figures and put his own touch on it and have it actually be dope and attract people to it.
What was your favorite part of the exhibit?
The black Michelin man (CHUM) he has the large one in the exhibit and it’s pretty dope. I like the depiction of it, the way he put his signature on the top of the Michelin man’s head - it has the same stance as the Michelin man but it’s painted black and I think that was my favorite part of the exhibit
What did you think the overall meaning of DOWN TIME was?
KAWS just putting his signature on different pop culture things whether it comes to the Michelin Man or to Spongebob or to Mickey Mouse - he puts his own signature on it and shows his sense of creativity. I think that’s one of the things about it, that he’s able to take those actual designs and actual figures and put his own touch on it and have it actually be dope and attract people to it.
What did you think of the Companion (Passing Through) figure that was outside?
P: I think it was dope. You could still tell that it’s Mickey Mouse because of the clothing and the signature things that Mickey Mouse had on but when you add his tagline - which is the two X’s on everything - that’s what it made it a little bit more dope to me. I thought it was really creative. That’s the one where he said it’s something that he likes to take everywhere with him and that shows him being shy so the one in the courtyard with his face in his hands and bending down - pretty dope. That was a great one.