Mear One

1) Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?


I was born in the unconscious, slave money generator, USA. I was lucky, I guess, as it all started in Santa Cruz, California by a couple of hippies.



2) What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?


The idea of a pretty picture was something I wanted to vandalize. Pretty pictures with no reason other than to entertain sickened me. I couldn't understand how the world could create such harsh environments and yet people could pretend everything was alright. I never got how people could celebrate their fake lives while the world played out such cruel and intentional hatred. My work is a lifetime of dedication to seeking the truth and describing the culprits of disaster. The beauty I like to describe is usually in opposition to the the mechanism I call society and the real beauty is untouched by humans or has developed a harmony. Most of all I acknowledge the fact that we are not there yet.



3) Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?


My homeboy and mentor SKATE (SK8 ONE) of the CBS Crew.



Who is your favorite artist, living or dead? 


Robert Williams is my favorite artist and has been a major inspiration in my personal development. 



When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?


I go into nature and seek out the distance between society and myself. I search for quite beautiful spaces where I can feel the electromagnetic universe without the influence of the System ticking or ringing in the background of our world.



Who are your biggest influences?


My biggest influences are M.C Escher, Salvador Dali, Alphonse Mucha, Maxfield Parrish, Hieronymous Bosch, and Frank Frazetta. I have a deep love for science so I also incorporate some of those thinkers into this equation too. From early works by Socrates and Plato, to Benjamin Franklin and Issac Newton, and on to Ken Wilber, Carl Sagan, and the political discourse of Dr. Cornel West, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and other Neo-Platonists.



Anything else you want to tell?


MEAR ONE (Kalen Ockerman) has been at the forefront of LA's graffiti and mural culture for nearly three decades. He is famous for having pioneered the Melrose graffiti art movement in the late 80s and is considered by many to be LA's most prolific public muralist. Early on in his career, MEAR gained recognition for building the bridge between graffiti and fine art. He was the first graffiti artist to exhibit at the infamous 01 Gallery on Melrose as well as at 33 1/3 Gallery in Silverlake, where Banksy would later debut his first North American show. MEAR ONE's work was part of the landmark Art in the Streets 2011 exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. He is perhaps best known for constructing powerful narratives juxtaposing philosophy, ancient mythology and modern politics to inspire an evolved consciousness. This interpretation of reality is achieved through balanced dialogue between realism and the supernatural. MEAR ONE helps us envision the sublime spirit of our time - not by escaping reality, but by confronting it head on.