Fugue (detail) All images courtesy the Artist
This month Dark Art & Craft talked to Oakland based monotype Artist Grady Gordon. Gordon's raw ink monotypes are filled with textured figures, landscapes and ominous skulls on stark backgrounds.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with Dark Art & Craft! Can you tell us a little more about yourself & what you do?
We've enjoyed your monotype prints and process for some time - Can you explain your method for production to our readers?
What tools/mediums do you use to create Art?
I am a markmaker and texture hound.. so creating textures is paramount for me. Anything and everything can be used to achieve marks in a monotype. For example, a brush that has dried ink stuck to it can yield interesting fur or plantlike textures. Rags, q-tips, make-up sponges can yield soft skin like textures. My fingers, brushes, cardboard, erasers, you name it- I've probably tried to remove ink with it.. I highly recommend Gamblin (out of Portland) Bone Black Etching ink- Gorgeous viscosity and rich deep black.
Do you have any Artistic Rituals or frameworks you adhere to?
The evolution of an Artist is always one our readers like to know about. Can you describe a little bit about how you evolved into the creator/Artist that you are today?
I've made art since I was a little kid. Had a long stint with graffiti. A bit of graphic design here and there. I went to school for Illustration and graduated from CCA in 2008. I didn't know what a monotype was until 2006 when a professor told me to give them a try. True love ever since.. have not wanted to make or create outside of the monotype print medium.
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Does your location in Oakland, CA affect your Art?
When I moved to Oakland the bay area Art scene was thriving. Super cool shows and excited artists everywhere that could afford to live and work in the bay. But now everything is so expensive out here that it has made me reconsider what I'm doing here. So I've decided to move back to Santa Fe and become an artist full time. The internet has made it easier and harder to get your work out to the masses so your physical location should be one that makes you happy and brings peace to your mind and spirit. I learned my medium of choice out here in Oakland and that I am thankful for.
World wide human interaction and gathering has been changing rapidly - has the COVID-19 Pandemic affected you and your Artwork? In what ways will Artists need to Adapt to this current world?
The pandemic brought art further into the digital realm, which is good and bad. I think that artists need to realize that their worth is not dictated by an algorithm or by likes. Creating your pieces for a gallery is becoming less mainstream and desirable - as the fun art shows with hundreds of people and parties are a thing of the past, at least for now. I hope it changes back to where we can interact again in person. I think it's important for artists to reach out to people and find your group of collaborators, like minds, and supportive creators that can work collectively to nurture art and artists in every medium through these hard times. We need art in our lives. That is something the pandemic has not changed. It's just how we view and experience art that is different now.
Does the occult, myth, or the macabre relate to your work ?
Can you explain what the NEOTROGLOCISM movement is?
What past Artists of any medium have inspired your current art output?
So many and it's ever changing. But to start- Goya, Bacon, Kollwitz, Nick Cave(visual artist), Giger, Durer, Bougeureau, Skinner, Allison Sommers, Jeanne D'Angelo, Alan Brown, Christopher Tandy, Cait McCormack, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Kyle Lypka, Nicomi Turner , Aaron Hodges, Dustin Wengreen and Zac Scheinbaum
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We always ask people for three contemporary Artists you want everyone to check out right now. What are your recommendations to our audience?
Where can we find you online?