Minneapolis based artist Greg Gossel, is fresh off his latest solo exhibition with White Walls “Head Over Heels” and the exploration of advertisement and urban decay.
[one_half padding=”0 15px 0 15px”]I believe my first art sale was a set of three canvases purchased from a small show I had at a bar here in Minneapolis years ago.
I always kind of figured I would do something art related, but never necessarily considered the possibility of being a full-time artist until after I graduated from college. I worked as a graphic designer for a couple years while doing my own art on the side and then gradually transitioned into creating my own work full-time.
The first artist who’s work I really connected with was Robert Rauschenberg. I was introduced to his work while studying design and loved his use of mixed-media, layering, and appropriation on a larger scale. In addition to Rauschenberg artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Mimmo Rotella, and Jacques Villeglé all a had a huge influence on my work. There are certainly many other artists I could name, but I feel as though that group really helped to influence the direction of my work as I was just beginning to discover my own style. [/one_half][one_half_last padding=”0 15px 0 15px”]I think the most exciting aspect of the Head Over Heels show was creating a body of work with an entirely new process. I’ve continued to explore the themes of advertising and urban decay, but have done so by layering hundreds of silkscreen prints mimicking the billboard & street poster scraps I’ve used in previous work. That new process gave me much more freedom as I wasn’t limited to a finite amount of materials, making this show much more vibrant and dynamic.
I hope to never become content, to always push my work and continue to evolve as an artist. [/one_half_last]
In Head Over Heels each piece is built up with collage, and then layered with hundreds of hand-pulled screen prints directly onto the canvas: a new direction for Gossel’s previous approach to actually tearing posters & billboards off the street as he has done in the past. For the first time, Gossel has worked directly with a pair of photographers to acquire a variety of fashion-based images that are incorporated throughout the work. The images have been blown-up and hand screen printed in fragmented and weathered black and white to mimic life-sized billboards found on the street. By translating type and textures into a huge series of silkscreen prints which are then layered and repeated throughout the body of work, Gossel has created more dynamic and vibrant work than ever before.
Portrait style shot by Abby Wilcox