Vietnamese food and good music. A camera and some old books. That's basically everything Brian needs in order to create beautiful things. Brian Vu who is originally from California is now based in Brooklyn, New York and is a young aspiring artist, focusing on photography and collages. His art has something attractive and mysterious which makes ones curiosity arise. It probably can be best described as experimental, spiritual and badass. Indeed, Brian is a true artist who creates badass images that he envisions in his mind. He talked with us about his new home and revealed secret plans for 2014.
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Brooklyn is home for me. It's taken a while to get settled in and feel comfortable with living here. I've lived in California for over 20 years of my life before I moved here. Both places have made me who I am today.
I miss my friends and family that I have in California. As for the place, I have no attachment to it anymore. Moving to Brooklyn has really taught me to find my aesthetic, to work hard for what I want, and to have the freedom to get wasted without having to drive home.
I realized around the age of 14 that I wanted to do art in one form or another. I've experimented with many different mediums. Photography and collage ended up being the best and easiest way for me to express myself and my ideas.
I love working with images in multiple ways, it's great practice for me. I'd have to say photography. It's 100% my ideas and I. It becomes tedious hunting down images for collage. I'm taking a break from it for a while and just focusing all my energy towards photography.
I place value in color and simplicity. I know next to nothing about lighting. I'll learn some day. I don't think i'm a perfectionist, but I am hard on myself when it comes to accomplishing my goals. I'm still constantly thinking of what I can create next and how I can take my work one step further.
Thank you! Music has a huge part in my work. I'm influenced more from music than I am from other visual artists. I listen to music nonstop. I've recently been listening to a lot of pop music so my work has been getting brighter.
I grew up in a catholic family so religion was a huge part of my upbringing for a while. A lot of my themes are based on spirituality, mystery, and living. I still don't know how I feel about it all and am trying to explore it through my work. Being human and not knowing where I come from and where I will end up is intriguing to me. There are endless possibilities out there and we'll never find out. Religion is there to ease the pain of passing.
The collages are created with one-dollar books I find at thrift stores. For my camera, I've been taking pictures with a point and shoot lately. It doesn't matter what equipment you have, but what you make of it, duh!
In no specific order: playing video games, taking a few photos, eating Vietnamese, spending time with my cat and Warren, and taking tequila shots.
Yes, I have been doing a few commissioned projects and editorials. It's been so much fun. The challenge is creating something you both can be happy with. I've been approached by incredibly kind and respectful people. I plan on working with musicians again, perhaps some music videos in the future.
I told you Drake was going to be famous!
A collaboration with RVCA just came out! I'm so excited about it, they're seriously the best people. I'm really interested to see what my take on fashion will be this year and hope I can collaborate with some brands and designers. I plan on shooting more nudes as well.
I'll give four: Foxes in Fiction - Ontario Gothic, Gracie - Wait 4 It, Coma Cinema - Virgin Veins, and Drake - Own It.