Dylan Hanks x Barcodes for the Psyche
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Art has been a way for Dylan to make sense of the world around him, using his own subconscious to question why we think about life in a certain way, and finding meaning in the littlest things, and just because Dylan sees his art in a certain way, the viewers have full freedom to see something different.
His father showed him that you don’t have to be who you think you are, that the idea and image of yourself is not what makes you who you are, you can always explore further inwards and find out what and who a person truly is.
We asked Dylan about what his artistic outlook on life was and he chuckled and said “I see life as a game of battleship where we look out and see the world and there are hits and misses and it can be hard to find the right path along the way, but you have to expect a bunch of misses as well.”
With his art he wants to redeem what society calls the “psychotic mind”, exploring and normalizing the craziness of one’s thoughts, and showing the value behind it, expanding upon the rudimentary idea we as a society have on mental illness. Seeing it as something that makes us imperfect and not for what it is, the thing that makes us human, the thing that makes us different.
Each piece he creates is a small part of the gigantic project he sees in his mind, of working on himself, and even if he throws those pieces in the trash they will still play a part in adding to his vision and journey.
Dr. Seuss has been a huge inspiration on Dylan’s art style, kind of dark and whimsical, his interpretation of what Dr. Seuss drew is he put something on the page that didn’t make sense at first, then forced and pulled things together to make them fit, but if you look close enough all the pieces would fall apart, he didn’t allow himself to get stuck in the box of expression and artistic conformity we find ourselves in.
Dylan admits to not actually knowing what’s going on, and he’s fine with it, he is just trying to make sense of it all, and we all have those paths that are tried and true, and it’s easy to get stuck on these loops, but art has a way of helping you look at things in a new way, and laying a brighter path.
When asked about his thoughts on the NFT space Dylan replied “To be honest I don’t understand it completely, but I have an image of what I want it to be, a space where we can slowly make friends and create a community, build relationships across the world spirit to spirit, person to person.”
Integrating art into the virtual world “It’s awesome to see these 2D screens that anyone can enter and have a super Intelligent electric mind guide you through it and I feel like it is the new frontier for art.”
it takes a lot of work and practice to keep a passion, when I drew in the beginning it would be stressful when my pieces didn’t turn out the way I had envisioned them, but it’s about finding meaning in the process, not the outcome.
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Dylan is a true artist, warm and soft-spoken with a dapple of darkness, he is trying to understand himself through his art and hopes to help others discover more about themselves through what they see in these hypnotic lines.