“I find it hilarious that People say they are going to be great and achieve the American dream but do nothing to catch it.”
Grant Goodwine: Intense And Loud!
Grant Goodwine is an independent multimedia artist currently based out of Southeastern Illinois. He’s Worked with several internationally known bands and musicians and works both at home and on the road chasing the American dream. Grant says: “As an artist, recently I’ve found myself winding up in discussions and asked for advice from other creative people. Usually involving their frustrations in their works. About how much of a perfectionist they are and how frustrated they get when it doesn’t turn out the exact way they wanted it to. Frustrated to the point of either scrapping the project or giving up entirely. I feel like what I’ve told them is worth saying publicly.
Photo by Curt Goodwine
Perfection is absolutely unachievable. In both art and life. You just keep going. You just keep letting yourself improve. You keep going and reaching forward to those goals…but the closer you get to your original idea of what perfection is. your perspective changes and perfection is something else and you continue chasing it. However there are some people who don’t even chase it. Multiple creative people I speak to will sit around and think about the concept over and over in their head, then when they finally get the courage to get up and execute it in their preferred medium, it doesn’t turn out the way they wanted it to. Then they give up on the whole concept. Heres a secret. You’re not in control. In art. love. and life in general, its all a dance with a vicious epileptic 8 legged shark. You just aren’t going to get that bastard to do what you want it to. So how do you dance with such a creature? Its simple. You just dance with it. You get slapped. stepped on. knocked over. bitten and so on. Yes you will get frustrated. But KEEP DANCING. Eventually you will learn how to counter-act with its various Jerks, snaps, steps and shakes. Keep your eyes on the damn thing cause once you look away, it will knock you on your ass in the blink of an eye. As with anything. You aren’t going to walk out the door and become the master of something just like that. You aren’t going to put your pencil on paper and you’re instantly Leonardo DaVinci. You gotta get up and dance with the 8-legged shark and get knocked down a couple times. And the only way to get better is to dance with the damn thing. Ok, so Your drawing, writing, photograph isn’t perfect. Sometimes its downright ugly. But you still went out and danced.”
Interview by Michael Limnios Artworks © by Grant Goodwine
What experiences in life have triggered your ideas most frequently?
Anything that gets under my skin I generally draw or paint it out. From heartbreak to politics. As of lately however, it’s been more of my frustrations towards a society that likes to water people down and make them too bland and predictable. Of course I have fun with it though.
How would you characterize the philosophy of Grant’s artwork?
There would be a lot of words that can and have described a lot of my works. Cynical, Smartassy, Wild, violent, twisted. However For everything I have ever made, I think only one word works for me. “LOUD.” I want my pieces to be hard to ignore be it through the message and/or the execution no matter if I’m painting something Romantic or cynical. I want it to be intense and loud.
What has been the relationship between music & literature in your life and art? How does affect your inspiration?
There has always been a relationship with my art and music. Now a days, when I’m painting and Im wanting to capture a certain mood or feeling, I find a song with that certain mood that will help me capture it on paper. Whenever I am waiting on ink to dry, I often plug in my guitar and wail around on it for a little while as well. As for Literature, it doesn’t seem to effect my artwork as much as motivate me to get up and work. A proper Non-fiction can do that to me. However it doesn’t usually come into play when I am actually painting. One would say it runs parallel with art and music which are madly dancing with each other. I also write occasionally where my love of certain literatures comes more into play.
Which meetings have been the most important experiences for you?
I have been Lucky enough to meet most of my living Visual art influences including the iconic Ralph Steadman. However I feel like the most impact a meeting has ever made on my career was with a Punk band from Detroit called the Koffin Kats. I met them back in 2010 and they have been wonderful and supporting friends ever since. I’ve designed them merchandise, been to countless shows, met many clients and made many connections through them and all through it, I was learning how to properly act as a creative professional. When we met I was more quiet and at a fork in the road with my career. They helped me come out of my shell and influence me to go down the “do it yourself” path instead of going to work in an animation studio or a design firm where I would be a lot less happy following orders.
What’s the legacy of Hunter S. Thompson? If he was speaking seriously to us, what do you think he would tell us?
I think he would tell us “Don’t show fear and don’t stand for bullshit” Which is one of the many lessons he left us with. I feel like that example on its own is his Legacy. If Hunter ever had fear, he never shown it. He stood his ground and spoke out against some real twisted bastards. During this, he also had creative fun doing it. Hunter also set a great example to Live Romantically. Play mischievously. Work passionately. Go off the beaten path to the beat of your own drum. Walk tall and Kick ass.