Frank Gaard: 100 Creatives
Frank Gaard at Shinders
Number 45: Frank Gaard
Years spent living in MN: 45 years
For the past 40 years, notorious artist Frank Gaard has added a healthy dose of color, criticism, and humor to the local creative scene. His work knows no boundaries, as he often draws inspiration from a mix of subjects, including pop culture, politics, personal relationships, and ladies panties. For 20 years he penned Art Police, a zine Gaard produced from 1974 to 1994. His more current works include intensely colorful portraits of people in his day-to-day life. Gaard will be the subject of the Walker Art Center's latest exhibition, "Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy," a retrospective exploring his prolific and daring career which opens this week.
[Warning: Some images after the jump are NSFW]
Name three things that are inspiring your work right now:
1. Rihanna, Drake, Big Sean -- hip hop and hip hop pop.
2. Liberation in Mid-east
3. Old films
Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:
1.Pop and op art
2. Marcel Duchamp
3. Georges Bataille
What was your last big project?
I've been working on a career survey for Walker Art Center. [Opening Thursday, January 26]
What do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?
I will be talking about my work at the Walker as part of my show on Thursday, February 9 in the gallery.
Creative/career high point (so far)?
Staying alive, relevant, and vital.
What has been your biggest challenge as a creative type?
What has been your most surprising discovery as an artist?
How much I love music and color.
Do you have a suggestion for someone whose work we should be checking out? Feel free to leave your top picks in the comments.
Past creatives, so far:
81. Joseph Scrimshaw
80. Adam Turman
79. Raul Osorio
78. Kristin Berwald
77. Rudy Fig
76. Laura Fulk
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