Meet Your Maker Monday: 2:12
I first saw work by 2:12 in 2011, when I began to look for Houston street art to photograph. The payoff was finding so much work once I kept my eyes open, including the colorful art from 2:12. Since then I've seen some pieces go through iterative versions, like his geisha, and others that were one-offs ready for discovery around Houston. Much of his figural work is created with layers of stencils; some of that process is shown here in this week's MYMM profile. Read on for what drives 2:12 to build these visuals.
What is your name, company, URL, and social media links?
I create under the name of 2:12, mainly due to the legality of placing my works on the street without permission. I also enjoy the anonymity that comes along with using a pseudonym. Web site: www.twotwelveart.com; Instagram: @tx2twelve
What do you make?
I am known for my stencil and aerosol works on paper that are wheat pasted on the streets, but I also enjoy painting on canvas, photography (digital and film) and working with wood. I love to experiment and learn new things. I try to combine those skills whenever possible with works like the stenciled photo tiles with hand made frames.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I have a 3 year old and a 4 month old, so my day really revolves around my family and my full time job. I spend the bulk of my day working on scientific illustrations for research publications and various multimedia projects for a research institute. Once the kids are fed and in bed I try to put in several hours every night either researching new things or experimenting with new ideas. My studio has two configurations: I use it to paint and sometimes capture those sessions using time lapse photography, but I can also set it up as a darkroom where I develop and print black and white photos.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
I moved to Houston in 1997 to attend art school and have been here since. I’m lucky that I have a full time job where I am able to be creative every day, but at the end of the day it still feels like a job. 2:12 was created as an anti-job, an escape from work. I wanted to be able to create what I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted. The work that I do as 2:12 satisfies my addiction to create.
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
I love to travel and I think that has been one of the biggest inspirations for my work. Travel opened my eyes to the beauty of other cultures and I hope that can be seen in the pieces that I create.
What's next for 2:12?
I worked on a project for a film called Girl Rising a couple of years ago. It was a beautiful fit between what I focus on in my art and what the film is about. Nine girls from nine different countries tell their stories in a beautifully made film. I made a time lapse video showing the creation of a painting that tells a story through the many layers that go on the canvas. It was an amazing project to work on and I am very excited for it finally to be released. Last I heard they will release it some time in October. Other than that, life as usual. I will continue to play with new ideas, learn new things and create more art.
What do you want people to know about your work?
I just want to add beauty to the world. To break up the monotony of everyday life. To bring a smile to someone’s face.