Name: Greg Gossel
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
Bio: Greg Gossel was born in 1982 in western Wisconsin. With a background in design, his work is an expressive interplay of many diverse words, images, and gestures. Gossel's multi-layered work illustrates a visual history of change and process throughout each piece. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Copenhagen, Milan, and London; and in 2009 he was invited to create a large scale mural on the façade of Miami’s Aqua Art Fair. His commercial clients include Burton Snowboards, Stussy, GNU Snowboards, and Interscope Records while his work has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, Juxtapoz Art and Culture Magazine, Artslant, Artful Living, and ROJO. Greg currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.
Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
I create expressive large scale mixed-media works with a focus on layering found elements from old billboards & street advertisements. I'm currently working on a new body of work for my upcoming solo exhibition at Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis. This new body of work features some of the largest works on paper I've created to date along with pushing my use of found street advertisements.
How did you decide to become an artist?
It's tough to say that it really ever felt like becoming an artist. Art is just something I've always done, I've been drawing ever since I can remember and it just so happens I've been fortunate enough to translate that passion into a career.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
The advice I generally think about while working wasn't specific to art in general, but often fits. The advice was from my grandpa, and he always said "Anything worth doing is worth doing right." So whether it's something as simple as building a stretcher frame for a canvas or setting up type for a show card, I try to follow that advice.
Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art. How do you sell your work? How do you market yourself?
I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with a number of great galleries that have helped tremendously in increasing the visibility of my work though exhibitions and art fairs. In addition, I try to stay current with posting new work and information for those interested on my website, blog, and various social media outlets.
Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
I've been a fan of the print work done by Burlesque of North America (http://burlesquedesign.com/) and Aesthetic Apparatus (http://aestheticapparatus.
com/) for many years. In addition I enjoy the work of Frank Gaard (http://frankgaard.com/), Gregory Euclide (http://www.gregoryeuclide. com/), Drew Peterson (http://drewpetersonart.com/), and Hardland/Heartland (http://hardlandheartland.com/ ) to name a few.
If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
Much of the exploring I do throughout the city consists of searching for old neglected billboards and advertisements to collect for my own work, so I generally don't make it out to shows much. That said I always enjoy trips to the Walker (http://www.walkerart.org/) & MIA (http://www.artsmia.org/) along with SOOVAC (http://www.soovac.org/), the Soap Factory (http://www.soapfactory.org/), and CO Exhibitions (http://coexhibitions.com/).
In addition to www.Local-Artist-Interviews.
com, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?
Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
I'll be opening a new solo exhibition 'Weathering the Storm' at Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis on July 28th. The show will feature 13 new large scale original works on paper and canvas. This will be my second solo exhibition in Minneapolis following up my 2009 show at SOOVAC.
SooVac Gallery Featured Interview
1. Installation view, SCOPE NY 2012 - 'Northeast' - 132" x 87" - Mixed-media on canvas
2. 'By Any Means' (Diptych) - 36" x 36" each - Mixed-media on canvas
3. 'Madison Square' - 72" x 48" - Mixed-media on canvas
4. 'Easy Come, Easy Go' - 72" x 48" - Mixed-media on canvas
5. 'Burn Out' - 72" x 48" - Mixed-media on canvas
6. Installation view, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco 2012 - 'Famous Last Words (Right)' - 108" x 96" - Mixed-media on canvas
7. Image of artist