Memories, fantasies, daydreaming, and imagination were my playground as a youth. Childhood was a time where I could simply daydream and imagine far out wonderful things. Feeling I had lost some of the whimsical freedom of childhood imagination I began an exploration into these daydreams, the imaginary impossibilities. And as a result I’ve found these suppositions to be a bridge between childhood fantasy and adult “reality.”

Daydreams and impossibilities are commonplace in my mind.  When a scene or story jumps into my consciousness I feel compelled to act and collect source material. Once all the images are photographed and digitally cut up and the vision I had in my head begins to emerge on the screen I become elated. When I see with my eyes what I saw in my mind there is a connection I make to my childhood memories of imagination. Even then the image needs a soul.

Using textures in my images helps me connect with past imaginations. The use of texture gives me a sense of nostalgia, inviting warmth, intrigue, and breathes life into the pictures. With this in mind I wanted to add more texture to a finished print. The application of gel medium to a flat print further developed a connection between the image and myself by making the textures more alive and the story more real. These textures also create a sense of longevity through a vintage sensibility.

I incorporate a method of tying the organic and the rigid by stitching smaller prints in a grid to create the larger organic form of the story in the image. By using this method each piece is a creation of natural organic forms and textures juxtaposed against a constructivist grid. A process I call Panelism. The result is a meshing of the artificial and the organic.

Still there needs to be some level of struggle to represent my life experience. This is why there’s a subdued and often obscured sense of something unresolved and unsettling within many of the images. While some seem free and whimsical there’s things left to outside forces. Others express the desire for independence, a battle to overcome something. These are expressions of experiences we all share, a commonality. And sometimes, a visual irony.

Creating photographic illustrations reconnecting me to my childhood imagination has brought a new level of freedom. These images send me to a far out place where I can escape reality for a while and be a child again and serve as a reminder that not everything is as whimsical as they seem on the surface. They allow me to travel where there are no rules and anything can happen.

Greg is represented by Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
Globally by UGallery
And in Ohio by Brick Gallery

 

AWARDS / EXIBITIONS

Graduated
- BFA - Photography - Art Institute of Atlanta - December 2010

Applied Arts Magazine Photo Annual 2010

Addy Awards Gold Winner Photo Manipulation / Illustration – “Airlift” - 2010

Addy Awards Gold Winner Photo Manipulation / Illustration – “Mystic” - 2010

FLASH - Kai Lin Art – Midtown – Atlanta – Georgia – 2010

JOY! – Kai Lin Art – Midtown – Atlanta – Georgia – 2010-2011

Addy Awards Silver Winner Photo Manipulation / Illustration – “To The Sky” - 2011

Earth – Kai Lin Art – Midtown – Atlanta – Georgia - 2011

Gallery Residences – Buckhead – Atlanta – Georgia 2011

Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists - Decatur - Georgia 2011

DREAMSCAPE - Kai Lin Art - Midtown - Atlanta - Georgia 2011 

Muss & Turner's - Smyrna - Georgia - 2011

Whole Foods - Buckhead - Georgia - 2011

Pour - Atlanta - Georgia - 2011

W Hotel - Atlanta - Georgia - 2011

SNAP - Kai Lin Art - Buckhead - Georgia - 2011

GLOW - Kai Lin Art - Buckhead - Georgia - 2011-2012

TERRA - Kai Lin Art - Buckhead - Georgia - 2012

Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing (Cover: Sis) Volume 32, Number 1, Winter 2012

AUTUMNAL - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2012

Affinity - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2012

August Group Show - Harrington Brown Gallery - Memphis - Tennessee - 2012

Spring Celebration Open House - Harrington Brown Gallery - Memphis - Tennessee - 2013

Perfectly Precarious - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2013

Encyclopedia - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2014

Book Cover - Compact Of The Republic - David Benner - 2014

Awaken - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2014

Luminous - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2015

The Titans - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2015

Connected - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2016

Imagination, Impossibilities, Daydreams - Brick Gallery - Sandusky - Ohio - 2016

Mother's Day - Film - Set Art - 2016

By Oath Magazine - Interview - 2016

Play - Linus Gallery - Online Competition - 2017