Gregory Euclide, Slowly Wiped Away

Gregory Euclide was interviewed by Julia Schwartz for Figure Ground. In discussing his work Euclide said
My work is kind of like a hummingbird poking around a Monarda flower – I keep approaching ideas of land, land use, landscape in slightly different ways. The materials are very deliberate.
They discuss his project (below) Laid Down and Slowly Wiped Away
In my works the painting was done on a whiteboard, which allowed me to work back in, erase, and redraw. I was doing them over my lunch break; they were happening very quickly because I only had 30 minutes. I would take photos of them and then I erased the works in front of my students. I was thinking about their relation to anything original, as in tangible and unique. My students have never lived without the internet. They, for the most part, are happy with reproductions and mp3s. I wanted to expose them to a creative act, make them invested in it, and then take it away. Secretly, I think I wanted to show them impermanence and I wanted to see if there would be pain in the loss of the original. I also wanted to show them that an original is not even needed in the art world today as I produced and sold prints of the destroyed images.  It was something about the image vs. the original – overlapped with the land vs. landscape. 

Laid Down and Slowly Wiped Away, 48 x 96" Sumi ink on Porcelain Coated Steel

Laid Down and Slowly Wiped Away, 48 x 96" Sumi ink on Porcelain Coated Steel

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