GET TO KNOW: Gordon Holden







It all started when we received a rather cryptic postcard. On the front it read “Have a Nice Day.” Simple enough sentiment, but the meaning’s little more loaded when it comes printed across a picture of a pile of coke. Intrigued, we tracked down the sender – Rhode Island-based artist Gordon Holden. His work combines pop culture icons and nostalgic images of classic Americana with sentiments that your Norman Rockwell loving grandmother would find flat-out rude. We find it funny. Before Gordon he got out of town and away from the Internet for a few days, we talked art over email. “I never set out to be an artist,” he explains. “It just happened. Poof!” Look for his shirts in OAK Bond and Williamsburg, and online soon.

So this all started with that postcard, how’d you find us?
i found you in new york. i was visiting with one of my friends who has the most beautiful red hair in the winter a few years back. we had lunch at a small french restaurant. they played charles trenet on the speakers. I forget the name of the place. i ate a croque monsieur. she was telling me about a pair of shoes she liked at a store nearby and was thinking about buying them, so we walked there after paying. i dont care much for womens shoes, i mean they’re interesting and all, but not enough to try them on. so i found my way across the street into OAK on bond street. I saw this angular cube like installation in the center of the store. i liked it.

What’s the deal with Walt Disney?
oh, Walt?? DUDE WAS A WILD MAN! He could hold his liquor and was great in the sack… but he had secrets and problems like everyone else. mo’ money mo’ problems – notorious b.i.g

Your pieces involve a number of past and present pop culture icons; say you have a time machine and you’re arting 50 years from now, who do you think you’d be using in your work and why?
it’s hard to say, 50 years is a long way away. I”d like to to be more of an abstract artist when im old. I think pop culture is a good jumping off point, but there is only so much you can do with it. i like alot of pop stars and pop culture from the past because it was a time of experimenting. experimenting is a good thing, and learning about the past is so accessible with the internet and all that. so, you know.

What is your “thought of art” that you want to focus on?
my thought of art is just thinking about art and life. the significance. the insignificance. the more you think about art, the less involved you have to be in your art. i think thats what i want to focus on.

What’s the soundtrack to your workday?
i am all over the place with music. but its something i need everyday. it keeps me alive. maybe my music listening habits are a reflection of how i do things, spontaneous. i don’t know, but it’s always playing. these are the recent top 5 tracks: Bass C Jam-Howard McGhee, Feel So Fine- Derrick Morgan, Charlie Don’t Surf-The Clash, Bouge de La- MC Solaar, Duettino Sull’aria- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Which one of your shirts would you recommend wearing to a formal family function?
thats a tough one. I think the Bitches n’ Hoes shirt would probably be the best bet. if you want to avoid any sort of confrontation id recommend wearing a logo hit t-shirt that says YSL or something like that. but considering its formal, you should probably wear a shirt with a collar. No, better yet, just have your mom pick out an outfit for you.

What is your most worn article of clothing?
pants.

Where can we find more of your work and what’s in store for the summer?
You can find more of my work at: www.gordonholden.com. the summer is a great time for things. all sorts of things.
my thought of art is just thinking about art and life. the significance. the insignificance. the more you think about art, the less involved you have to be in your art. i think thats what i want to focus on.

Say Hey – Sunny

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