Kodone takes Pop Art to New Heights in Miami:
On the weekend of May 22nd and May 23rd, Pop illustrator Kodone in collaboration with Up 2 Something Studios hosted a two day art immersive experience for awaiting fans in Miami. This pop-up consisted of intricate and vibrant clothing decorated with Kodone’s signature style, alongside signed artworks that highlight the animation intertwined with the pop culture approach that this multimedia artist communicates. With the help of Up 2 Something studios, this art pop-up took new heights with Kodone blowing up the figures in his Runway Thug artwork on a large scale by inflating two oversized figures towering over the event space.
This pop-up also included many interactive art installations and approaches that truly amazed those who came to be apart of this event. As fans patiently awaited outside to enter the space, they were given temporary tattoos of Kodone’s infamous Runway Thug artwork to commemorate the experience. Many of Kodone’s collage works and symbols were presented on mirrors, merchandise, as well as posters on the wall; these works are taken a step further by working with artificial intelligence. Once you have downloaded the Kodone app and with the help of your camera settings, one is able to truly watch these animated characters come to life through your screen.
I was able to get the opportunity to speak with Kodone about his work, integrating his art into different mediums, and his experience showcasing his illustrations in Miami:
Lauryn: First question is how has the process been since you started and how do you feel now seeing it grow to these heights?
Kodone: I feel like the process is the fun part because I first started off just doodling and as you can see at this Pop up we have inflatables and embroidery on the clothes. I feel like the funnest part about my art career is just drawing it and seeing how we can manifest it into different types of mediums. We went from illustrations on paper to it being on the mirror. The fun part about being an artist is how we can translate this, how we can make this as interactive as possible for the person consuming the art.
Lauryn: What messages do you think your art is portraying?