xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original still for sale?
Wayne White: The original piece was created in 2012 using acrylic paint on a found offset lithograph landscape reproduction. No, the original of “Spark in the Void” is sold.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Wayne White: This is a series I’ve been doing for almost 15 years, painting words into found landscape reproductions. It came about simply as a one-time joke, but soon took on a life of it’s own.
1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Wayne White: A week.
1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Wayne White: I created a whole genre with this series- giant dimensional words in a landscape. Look online, turn on the tv or in any magazine and you will see my influence everywhere.
1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Wayne White: It’s an affordable version of my original work, which sells for between $8,000-$30,000
1xRun: Describe the piece in one gut reaction word.
Wayne White: Existential.
1xRun: This will be your first year joining the Pow Wow Hawaii family, who are some of the artists you’re really excited to see painting out there?
Wayne White: I’m new to the street art scene. It’s not really part of my world, but I am eager to get acquainted with everyone.
1xRun: Have you been to Hawaii before or will this be your first time out there? What are you looking forward to?
Wayne White: First time in Hawaii and I’m eager for all the obvious reasons- the weather, the landscape, the history, the legend.
1xRun: Do you have any plans for your wall out there or are you just going to improvise it when you get there?
Wayne White: I will improvise.
1xRun: How did 2013 wrap up for you, any big events to end last year?
Wayne White: I was an artist at the Robert Rauschenberg residency on Captiva Island, Florida in March, I created a major installation for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in May, and the documentary about my life, “Beauty is Embarrassing” continues to inspire and entertain people on Netflix and Amazon.
1xRun: Aside from Pow Wow 2014, what are your plans for the new year?
Wayne White: I have more big museum installation projects coming up.