Mike Smack, Jr., AKA “MS.perp”, is a person, a human just like you. But WTF goes on inside his mind?! The art that spills from his brain is vibrant, serene, technical and abstract, all at once.
What else would you expect from a nomadic, self-taught artist?
Four years ago, he ditched his apartment by the ocean in his hometown of Virginia Beach, USA and began wandering the world. Along the way, he has observed and connected with artisans of various skills, taking a bit of knowledge from each one and applying it to his own work. The art of MS.perp has progressed into a recognizable style that merges notions of street art with practices in surrealist painting and water photography.
You might find him with a camera, spraycan, paintbrush, jigsaw, blowtorch, razor blade, or simply a pencil in hand. His process often borrows elements from the natural world around him while allowing for subconscious expression.
The name “MS.perp” is derived from Mike Smack’s perceptions, or MS.perceptions, an allusion to his outlook on life through art. He is forever on a mission to bridge cultural gaps while encouraging others to expand their mind and follow their own dreams.
After a stimulating solo art exhibition in Taipei, titled 'Head in the Cloudzzz', MS.perp is currently at his home studio in Virginia, USA. His work can be seen in the streets, on surf websites, in retail shops, the homes of collectors, and in an upcoming show in Norfolk, Virginia.
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MS.perceptions™ = Mike Smack's perceptions.
When read aloud, MS.perceptions™ could also sound the same as "misperceptions".
Or even the title of a lady who prefers to keep her marital status ambiguous, MS.perceptions™. Possibly the colorful, feminine part of my mind, she whispers sweet nothings of contours and fluorescence, always pushing my perceptive boundaries.