Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic on his work for the Painted BLACK series, visual communication and transcending the material form.

Dear Diane and Shaded Viewers,

Painted BLACK Act III marked the final installment of a three-part series of interactive concerts celebrating the creative influence of the color black and featuring artists like Twin Shadow, Klangkarussel and Ryan Hemsworth. The man behind its aesthetic and visuals is designer, calligrapher and creative director Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic, whose previous collaborators include the likes of Jeff Koons and Kanye West.

The creative polymath's projects range from an experimental dining experience Kaiseki by Kitchen Theory (currently running for a limited time in London) to a 15-foot black monolith installation at SCOPE art show and the upcoming screening of his award-winning debut film SCRIPTURA VITAE at Tres Court Paris Film Festival this May.

In the following interview the New York and Tokyo-based creative discusses the collaborative process behind the Painted BLACK series, his upcoming projects and identifying with the world through his visual sense.


Painted BLACK is described as a “celebration of the color black in New York city culture, fashion, and nightlife and music”. What are your significant creative associations with the color?

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