How does art change impact the world? How does your art do this?
Art influences by giving people a glimpse into the possibilities & Worlds around us. In this way art is a vessel that spreads culture, values and ideas. Potent art can change and impact the World by showing us alternative ways of being and seeing. My art is about clarity, healing and being your Free self. My story is 1 alternative of how to view/live life.
What inspires / motivates you?
New journeys and Freeing up space in my mind for new things.
How do you engage community in your practice?My art is how I dialogue with the World. When it comes to music, I perform at venues and free community events. The content of my lyrics is a form of engagement because my music is about conversation; I put my thoughts and perceived values on display in an attempt to explore what I truly believe in. My video art is more intentional and less subconscious. Through my Black Identity Series I’ve interviewed people from my community on camera about topics I’m interested in overstanding. I create montage videos, organized in a way that shows the range of perspectives surrounding these issues. I post them online, invite people to public events, and facilitate group discussions.
What has been your greatest joy as an artist?
My greatest joy as an artist has been reaching clarity. Expressing myself in a way that’s hard to take out of context is empowering. Working through things with my art has become a tool for healing in this way.
What is the biggest adversity you have faced in your artistic journey?
The biggest adversity I've faced is the fear of being judged or slaughtered for my mistakes. Growth often means purging; as a result I’ve created things I no longer represent. Confronting and unraveling self is the work needed to transcend lesser values. But relics from your past come back to haunt you when stumbled upon without context. Worrying about the feelings of others can keep you from creating the closure you need to become something new.
What is one of your most powerful or meaningful experiences at Intermedia Arts?
1 of my most meaningful experiences with Intermedia Arts was going through the VERVE program. Through the grant, my sistar ShaVunda Brown and I were able to record Khem Clan: The Introduction. Together we co-created an intentional hip-hop tape that played a huge role in me finding my artistic voice. Two years prior to Khem Clan I released a mixtape entitled Farr Well. The project was an attempt at clearing years of notebook pages and feelings I couldn’t let go of. During the process of creating Khem Clan: The Introduction, I saw myself getting closer to a recent version of myself. The dinosaur died, ushering in a chapter of my life I hadn’t been able to express due to artistic backlog. Intermedia Arts supported the conscious, Black Power phase of my life.
How do you spend your free time?
I spend my time sharing space and exploring other Worlds and sub-culture.
I found my true voice when I became a student of the World. In 9th grade my brother K-Nine told me “if you don’t know about something it doesn’t exist.” When I started creating I was limited by my environment, which influenced me to imitate those things. Eventually I lost passion and had to rediscover my reason for creating in the first place. I realized I told stories to relate with others, which becomes work when you don’t know who you are or what you stand for. I decided to take myself less seriously and do the work of discovering who I really am; to simultaneously express & create my life. When I started writing for myself I became a collection of everything I “think” is a representation of me. I’m selfish with my art now.
Growing up in the impoverished City of North Minneapolis, FARR WELL never let where he was from dictate where he was going. This attitude has taken him many places, allowing him to walk through many Worlds and constructs. The sub-culture Mecca of MPLS ( a melting pot small enough for realities to intersect ), provided the perfect playground/ social experiment to make him question everything he thought he believed in and valued.
This questioning brought about an Identity crises; a realization that society and perhaps his art-form of choice was limiting him by binding him to an identity he rejects. In 2014, Farrington started using hip/hop as a ritual for unraveling self and the layers of imposed conditioning built up from societal influence. Upon completion of this ritual, he successfully killed his lower self (AZ TEK). Trapping the alter-ego in an Artifact in order to Free himself. Farrington has been using art to “Farr Well” ever since.
This relentless dialogue/battle with his identity is the only way he’s been able to transcend; It propels Farrington to make art. A never-ending self-reflection, aimed at self-renewal; expressed in constantly changing image and form. Farrington Llewellyn sees an image beyond the horizon that he can not yet explain because he’s on the way there. In this way the various forms of his art are like journal entries of his journey to what’s beyond the horizon. Supporters, collaborators, prophets and other time travelers are welcome.