Who Is Clark Goolsby?

September 17, 2012

We asked our artist of the month CLARK GOOLSBY some questions about his life, work and apocalypse theories. Here is what we found out.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?
I’d like to be able to pause time like Evie Garland. I’d get so much more shit done.

How would you describe your process?
I would say it’s never the same twice. I’m a very curious person, so I’m always trying something new… I feel like every time I make a new piece (especially sculpture) half the time in the making of it is figuring out some new process.

When did you start making art?
Really young… I have this drawing of a house that I did when I was 2.

When did you know you wanted to make art for the rest of your life? or do you know that?
I’ve always drawn and made stuff, so I always knew I would do that forever, but the idea of seriously pursuing art came a little later. Probably in college is when I really knew.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
That’s a really interesting question at the moment. I’m about to have my first kid (in December), so I know the next ten years are going to be really different than the last.

What is inspiring you these days?
The writing of Donald Barthelme.

What are you listening to in the studio?
I listen to everything, but right now I’ve been listening Foxygen’s EP, Parliament’s Motor Booty Affair, Out of Limits by the Marketts, Dan Deacon’s new one, Das Racist, Junior Murvin’s Police & Thieves, Mount Eerie, Todd Terje, Wild Beasts…. and on and on.

What is your favorite spot in the world right now? where do you feel at home?
NYC… after two years of living here I still feel like I’m discovering this city, but it’s definitely home.

What are you currently working on?

I’m just getting started on a series of paintings for a solo show I’m having next year… I’m also contemplating starting some new sculptural work, but that’s really just kicking around in the back of my head.

Do you have any 2013 predictions?
2013 is going to be the year of new experiences for me… and lack of sleep.

Do you envision a positive future or do you think we are all fucked?
That’s a great question. There’s a lot of shit out the to be really afraid of, but even though I’m a worrying type of person, I think deep down I always feel like it’s all going to work out in the end.

Apocalypse theories?
nah… I think about that stuff a lot, but I can’t begin to come up with a theory.

What is your spirit animal? animal that you most embody?
An owl

What astrological sign are you?

What role do you think the artist plays in modern society and culture?
Another good question… I think art’s in a pretty weird place at the moment. It’s at times really tied to popular culture and celebrity, and at other times it couldn’t be further from those things. I guess I’d say at their best, artists make people think, and help filter the world around them.

Who are some of your favorite artists right now?
I’ve been digging the work of Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger, I’m also looking forward to seeing the Richard Artschwager show at the Whitney.

what would be your last meal before execution?
Good bread, good cheese, and maybe some bacon to top it off.

Check out Clark’s Available work HERE