Week 13 – Artist Interview – Marty Knop

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This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Marty Knop. He is from far land of Chicago and now he lives in Korea Town. Marty is a very high energy type of person with a lot of interesting stories to talk about. A lot of the things he’s been through has had influence on his art pieces, his personality, and views on life. He feels Korea Town especially has a lot of influence on him because of all the diversity their and the many different people personalities there. He loves it at CSULB as well. A lot of people show him different ways to view art and his teachers have always encouraged him to try new things.

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Knop has a lot of interesting pieces and to many people’s surprise it does not take long to make them. He said on average he can make multiple black and white pieces in a week and one in color in a week. They have an illusion to them as well. If you focus on one part of the pieces the others parts seem to move around. Knop said he was inspired by the European movement in the 20’s and the 30’s. He starts out putting random shapes together and tries to get a pattern out of it then he continues and repeats.

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