Today we’d like to introduce you to Lukas van der Fecht.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. I was born and raised in a small town called Wolfsberg, in Austria and have studied and trained in many different countries. My mom at that time was an Interior designer and my dad was a graphic designer and was running a little local family-owned newspaper. Being exposed to my parents’ work influenced me a lot and from a young age, I was given freedom to express and endeavor whatever I wished. I started training in Dance at the age of seven and from then on, I saw everything in movement. My daily structures and routines became choreography pieces and my mind was full of colorful sounds and visions. In elementary school, I started studying different instruments and training my voice. I then transferred to an Arts and Music High school where I graduated in 2008. From then on I have been studying arts all over Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. I strive to always be evolving and to learn new crafts and ways of approaching things.
Please tell us about your art.
My Art all starts with a feeling. What I love about art is that it can be any category you wish it to be so my art includes clothing, music, graphic design, jewelry, accessories, photography and many more. My passion for traveling got me to meet some incredible people and learn about amazing places and cultures all over the world, which inspires me to create and express my feelings. When I make clothing it’s not just a trend or a style that I wanna create, I create my armor, my shell, my protective skin. When I make music, my goal is not to create a hit but rather a tune that is almost ceremonial and takes you out of the social construct we have been programmed to be in. My art’s purpose is to liberate my visions and inspire and empower my fellow brothers and sisters to free their inner being and become who they wanna be and speak what they want to speak.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I think art now is more important than ever! Art is an expression from a very deep place in our mind. I encourage everyone to express their feelings and make art. I think that’s the only way we as a humanity can change the planet especially the current situation. Whether it is addressing the issues that are current for people to wake up and see reality or creating a fantasy for someone to escape. It doesn’t have to touch millions of people but if it changes the perspective or life of one person, then your job is done. It is very hard to survive in art nowadays. I think because of the Web and Social Media there is an overflow of fast and easy art. Everyone can become anything overnight, or at least make it look like that. Especially if they have money. As an artist, I’m constantly struggling. When I make money, I invest it right away to fund other projects. So the future would be to create hubs for artists to create for free and offer facilities that allow those projects to come alive.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I show my work in different places and also online. I believe in an organic way of connecting an advertisement so for me, it’s all word of mouth or people seeing my creations on myself or my clients. I like to open a safe space for people to explore so every couple of months I host an event called “LISTENING ROOM”. A night of all original music, in a vibey setting featuring some of the best underground singers, movers, acrobats and visual artists in NYC. I am also a part of Pendulum People, a multidisciplinary group of artists, where I produce the music and fabricate the outfits. You can find me on IG under @l.v.d.f @lvdf.music and also @pendulumpeople.
- Website: www.lvdfdesign.com
- Instagram: @l.v.d.f @lvdf.music
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LVDFdesign
- Other: www.pendulumpeople.com
Cadencia Photography @cadencia, Dominique Russo @ninetynineeyes, Duy Schmoo @Saigonduo, LVDF