Post by LeBasse Projects on Aug 31, 2011 14:19:52 GMT -8
Here's a little Q & A about Ken Garduno and his current exhibition "Golden Structure". If you haven't made it out see his show at LeBasse Projects, make sure you do. The subtleties and details are fantastic up close. The show ends Sept 10th, 2011
Kim L: Where did your inspiration of your exhibition come from? Ken Garduno:The inspiration came from experiences we can mostly all relate to. Relationships carry many responsibilities, and the stress can be overwhelming. This exhibition is a journal of shared experiences. They are partly my own experiences mixed in with my observations of other people’s experiences.
KL: How is this show different from your last exhibition? KG:Color. I still enjoy working with greyscale as I did in that show, but I’ve been working my way slowly into color for the past years since that show. This show is also much more focused in concept than my last exhibition. My last show was more like many different short stories, whereas this show is one story with many short stories wrapped into it.
KL: Can you tell us a little about your creative process? KG:Lately I’ve been sketching my ideas out. In the past, I was more likely to just go straight into painting, but I really like letting my ideas flow in a sketch phase before I begin painting now. I like working with a thicker, softer lead so that I can be looser with the sketch. I don’t always have an concept in mind before I start sketching. Most of the time, my lines build up into shapes on their own, and I form those shapes into recognizable objects. I’m not sure which part of the process I enjoy more, because I really enjoy moving into my painting process. I can be just as loose with my brush washes as I am with my sketch lines, and one of my favorite parts of the process is “tightening up” the washes with detailed brush drawing.
KL:What’s an average painting day like for you? KG:I always start my day with a walk/jog. It gives me a chance to gather my thoughts and is also an excellent source of inspiration. I usually spend my day planning, sketching, and running errands. I don’t normally paint during the day. I work best late at night when most of the world is asleep. An average painting session for me is about 10p.m. until about 4a.m..
KL:How has your work evolved over time? And where do you see your artwork heading? KG:I don’t really notice my work changing until I look back at older work. I think there is much more attention given to details. I work so much with detailed brushwork that I can see a drastic improvement from earlier works. I feel much more confident in my lines than ever before, and I’d like to believe that it is apparent in more recent pieces.
I’d like to continue experimenting, and making work that I feel proud of. I’m not sure where my work is headed, but that’s part of the excitement for me. I’d rather not be predictable. I have plans, but they’re mostly for experimenting with different mediums and work surfaces.