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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Blogs | Artistic Liberties
Shiva’s Muse ~ Matthew Gore
I met Matt back in 2001 at Wheaton College. We were both a part of the same theater company and we immediately became friends. I love Matt’s energy, his openness in the way that he loves those in his life, the way he knows how to get down & dance and the fact that he knows everything there is to know about music.
What kind of artist are you?
Art Director/Graphic Designer & Photographer
How old are you?
28 years old
Almost a double major in art at Wheaton College, but mostly communication. ¬†Chicago Portfolio School briefly for advertising and pushing myself really hard to learn more about design and photography in my spare time via books and other sources.¬† Currently, taking a class at the School of the Art Institute Chicago.
Why do you think art is important?
A lot of what I do is a function application of art… ¬†people need to know where to have their eyes directed on a page, what’s important in a hierarchy of communication, what information to take in first, etc. It’s important because our attention needs to be directed thoughtfully to communicate effectively. ¬†I also think it’s important because beautiful things are vital to our existence. Art has the ability to capture peoples’ imagination and replicate the experience of being captivated by a beautiful sunset or landscape or person. Art acts as inspiration and makes the less exciting or more awful parts of life more bearable or digestible. Or give us a means to explore or comment on those less exciting and awful parts.
What and Who inspires you?
My friends. Other artists & designers. My coworkers. Music. Cinema.¬† Trips to the museum. Browsing art books & magazines at the bookstore. The design i see in daily life (whether it be ads on the subway, street signs, a restaurant menu, etc). Flickr. buamai.com
What is your favorite medium to use in creating art?
Photography, for sure.
What are you currently working on?
Art direction-wise: Various work projects for my clients–SC Johnson, CDW, and a few others. Personally: ¬†I’m working on a book with my friend Tereasa about collections – www.lostandfoundcollections.com
What has been the highlight so far, of your artistic career?
Seeing my work in print for the first time. For work, it was an ad for a Prismacolor art competition in an art magazine. For photography, it was seeing my pictures in the first book I contributed to, A Very Modest Cottage (www.averymodestcottage.com)
What if any, artistic mistakes have you made?
It’s very easy to stop before a piece is really truly complete. I’ve definitely been guilty of letting exhaustion get the best of me. I need to make sure I am more intentional about taking a break, and coming back to my work to see if there’s anything that I missed or that needs to be adjusted.
When did you realize that you had to do some kind of artistic endeavor for a living?
For me, the first step was realizing in college that I needed to stop trying to become my father (who I love dearly) just to get his approval (which I’m pretty sure I already had). So I went into theater and photography in college, then after working in I.T. for awhile out of school, I realized that I really wanted to get into advertising to use my creativity everyday as a career.
What is your favorite quote?
‚ÄúYou can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.‚ÄĚ – Anne Lamott
Or maybe this one:
“Toni Morrison said, “The function of freedom is to free someone else,” and if you are no longer wracked or in bondage to a person or a way of life, tell your story.¬†Risk freeing someone else. Not everyone will be glad that you did. Members of your family and other critics may wish you had kept your secrets. Oh, well, what are¬†you going to do?”
Or anything, ever, said by Anne Lamott
Where can we find you?
Tumblr: http://chgomatt82.tumblr.com/ (<–woefully sparingly updated blog-ish-ness)
*All Photos in this post are courtesy of ¬©2010 Matthew Gore Photography. All rights reserved.
Thank you Matt for participating in the Shiva’s Muse series. I recommend that everyone explore Matt’s photography website. I also enjoy Matt on facebook. You never know what adventure he is up to next. What I enjoy most about Matt’s photography is how I just feel at home. I am not sure how to articulate that any better than that. I just look at his pictures and I feel at home.
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