Mago Dovjenko X Moose Knuckles & Moose House @KaDeWe
Berlin! The artist and graphic designer Mago Dovjenko, known for his dark digital aesthetics and his unmistakable style, has created prints for the Canadian luxury lifestyle brand inspired by the themes of the Seven Deadly Sins Capsule Collection exclusively available in Germany at KaDeWe. The artist’s prints, which embody the “Deadly Sin” pride, were offered to the guests of the event for a personalization of sweatshirts, which took place live on location.
KALTBLUT: Is Mago an alias or is that your real name?
My real name is Magomed, but Mago is the short version of it and it sounds kind of nicer than the full name
KALTBLUT: How did you reinterpret “PRIDE” visually?
I did some research on the topic and picked out what suits best to me and tried to reinterpret it with my style.
KALTBLUT: Can you tell us about the elements and symbols you chose for the PRIDE collection?
I chose symbols that I found when researching the topic Pride and Seven Deadly Sins. I included elements like a broken mirror for example, because I think it is an object with a very strong visual that could be illustrated in a dope way
KALTBLUT: How would you describe your creative process and what are your main inspirations?
My creative process is very organic and I pretty much start from a blank canvas without sketching or anything. I don‘t give myself any specific limits, I just wanna see where it can go!
My main inspirations come from music and travelling.
KALTBLUT: Do you think you are part of a movement people can identify with?
I‘m part of the new age creatives that try to work with new and different approaches. Instead of having the traditional thoughts on how to tackle a project with pre-set methods learned in schools, I try to do find my own ways and methods.
KALTBLUT: What are your geographical as well as artistic routes? Do you think there is a link between the two?
I come from Chechen in Russia, specifically Grosny. I was born there and then moved to Germany. I don‘t think there is a link between my geographical and artistic routes because I take my inspiration from all over the world but I try to include sometimes elements that can be associated with my culture. Cyrillic fonts and stuff like that mostly.
KALTBLUT: Are there any artists you specifically look up to? If yes, who?
I love Takashi Murakami and James Jean. They have always been my favourite illustrators and I always was inspired by them!
KALTBLUT: How would you describe your evolution as an artist?
In the beginning I tried different techniques in order for me to learn and gain knowledge. Through 13 years of experience I managed to grow in the field and find my own style.
KALTBLUT: What are you looking forward to in the upcoming year?
I‘m looking forward to do some new exhibitions in Berlin and New York and some other big projects that I can‘t talk about yet, but I will tease in the new year!