In anticipation of the Semi Peppered x Inter:Mission ‘Empty Spaces’ event , I:M met with creative Dylan Woodall to discuss what Empty Spaces means to him.
How do you resonate with the words empty spaces?
Ummmm - you could either take it literally and see it as somewhere that lacks life or any reference to life. For example, if a place has no objects in it or hasn’t got any people in it. And then I guess that it could be see as a void in someone’s life as well, say if they have lost someone, something they are looking to fill basically.
Do you have many hobbies outside your art? Do they influence your work?
Yep I play guitar, so I enjoy making music/writing music. So the bit that intertwines with my art on that basis is that I often collaborate with my friends. One of my mates is a film maker and he makes a few of my music videos. We just kind of bounce ideas off each other and then he’ll bring all his fancy equipment, like the green screen and his lights and then we just spend the day making a film.
So are your art and music similar??
I’d say they are quite different, I take my art quite seriously, its something I have always been interested in, always wanted to pursue. The music thing was more my friends playing music so I just wanted to join in.
I have noticed that you have started dealing with environments and spaces that you spend lots of your time in. Do you consider these works to apply to the theme ‘empty spaces’ ?
Yep I say that they definitely intertwine. I consider an empty space a place that lacks human life when it’s recently been occupied. I reckon you could be surrounded by objects in a room but it could still feel empty.
How do you feel about an empty room?
So I guess it depends on the context. If it’s a waiting room and you’re the only one in it, I guess there is a underlying anxiety and anticipation where you know you are there for a reason, but the room is only there to serve a purpose, hence why it’s empty. And then I guess, in other ways, empty spaces can be quite comforting. I wouldn’t be alone in saying that a lot of people find comfort in being in a place entirely by yourself, for example, in your house, you can take a comfort in being in your own space.
Why is it that you choose to work with graphics?
What I always say, in Year 9 I had a basic lesson in Photoshop and since then I have always been a bit intrigued. I always start with something hand made which is the best way to start your process as it’s quite a forgiving medium. It’s not something you necessarily have to present, and then I guess graphics is something where you can refine that process.
Do you ever feel limited by computerised art?
I think that to say that the actual medium is limiting is wrong. It’s more the way you explore the medium, if you know how to utilise it and you have every interest to challenge it. I would never say it limited me at all, it’s more something that presents opportunities and possibilities.
I have noticed you do a lot of commissioned work. Do you like working with people towards a common goal or do you find it frustrating?
Oh yeah definitely, so the stuff I do for Semi Peppered is a very collaborative process. They tell me if something needs to be developed or adjusted. But often I have worked with people that granted, have a great idea they want to pursue, but have no idea how to visually create it. They might know what vibe they are going for, but an atmosphere is not something tangible, so it can be quite difficult for some people to translate what they envision through art I guess.
What do you have in store for us for the exhibition - how do you plan on illustrating your interpretation of ‘empty spaces’ ?
I have planned on illustrating a selection of empty spaces to show places I am familiar with to give the viewer an idea of how an empty space can be consumed, how they can be conceived and what angles you can take by looking at an empty space. I’d just like to show as much of a selection as I can.
Who are your greatest inspirations?
So there his a guy called, Gaurab Thakali who’s got quite a painterly style. He often illustrates jazz bars and black music culture. He just gives a nice sense of a space in a two dimensional way.
What is it that you most enjoy about being an artist?
I guess being able to create something that never existed and that you can manipulate in any way you want to.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m just going to carry on working on commissions. At the moment it’s quite a tight community of people I work for and I just want to keep expanding that.