Updating Philosophies: Short Documentary about Cern's Mindset in Artmaking

Updating Philosophies: Short Documentary about Cern's Mindset in Artmaking

Process is fascinating. There is an art to the way that things are made. Oftentimes we find ourselves so enraptured by a work of art that a form of mysticism envelops the creator.

Cern is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His ideas are expressed in many artistic forms, including murals, which can be found in major cities all over the world.


Art was something that awakened me out of a lot of unconscious activity... and a lot of not necessarily thinking of “negative” things as negative. It demanded focus and discipline, assistance and practice and within all that sacrifice.
Do I think the notion of making ephemeral art is addictive? In some ways it could be that “pushing a rock uphill” battle of what can you get out of it? It’s a lot about the process, it’s a lot about the feeling while you’re doing it. So I think it’s always a lot of detachment and letting things go.
Whatever revolution you wake up feeling inside yourself it isn’t necessarily going to take root so easily. Stubborn, practiced, determination, persistence, perseverance - those things pay off. In the end, they’ll open up a wealth of actual ability that a person might not have been aware of. I feel like that’s my case.
I [didn’t have] any obvious... mega talent flying out of me of anything like that. I had to work for it and find it and struggle a lot before it was laid out in front of me. I sincerely support that notion of practice. The inherent human potential that we all do have.
— Cern

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