Interview with Mike Okay

1. Who has influenced you as an artist?
About 20 years ago when i was a student, I gave a lot of art and graffiti workshops for children at schools in eastern Germany. The experiences I made there with the children’s drawings had a very lasting influence on me. I realized that the untrained hand, mistakes and naive strokes totally inspired me. Children sink into fantasy worlds without the pressure that a real situation would bring. They act with a special lightness. Childhood is a time of curiosity and carefreeness. This feeling is the basis of all my work.

2. As an artist, what is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
No fear!

3.  What’s next for you? (Shows, new work, collabs?)
On Sunday I will take part in a group exhibition in Berlin with my Art Collective KLUB7, for which I have made a 6 x 3m airbrush work the last days.

4. Which current artist are you most excited about?
I am inspired by many artists in whose work I feel a curiosity. As an artist, you are inventor, dreamer, visionary, creator. All this is based on curiosity.
The works of Erwin Wurm break through real thought patterns. He bends reality and always creates a cheeky smile on my face. 

5. Which is your favourite artwork you’ve created?
I built a large floating installation on the Sea of Galilee in Israel in 2017 with my art collective KLUB7. It was a joint gift with the German Embassy to Israel for the 70th anniversary. It shows an large scaled abstract cake as a symbol of sharing and giving.

7. Favourite artwork you own?
A turquoise coloured sculpture by Robert Hahn from the series “This is not a vase”. It looks like a melted vase, but it is not a vase 😉