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 nostalgia or 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. This process also connects with the overall process of deconstruction, reconstruction. I photograph all the elements in my images. These elements are then cut out digitally (deconstructed) then put back together to form a story or narrative (reconstructed). Then the image is divided into even squares and printed out over many sheets (deconstructed) and then physically put back together to reform the entire image (reconstruction). It's a method of communicating our human experience throughout the entire process.

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.

As my work is based in photography it means there is an issue of reproducing the same work. What I have come to feel comfortable with is producing, if desired, multiple sizes of each image. What I will not do is make the same image into a panel of the same size. For example, I may initially produce a 36"x48" panel. If someone is interested I may produce something at a different size. The size difference must also be noticeable or the orientation must be different. This means from an original 36"x48" I may produce additional panels of the same image at, say, 30"x30", 48"x60", or something drastically different. Also, I do have a "small batch" edition of 5 that I do make in addition to all the other stuff. These are 18"x24" panels, again in an edition of 5, done in the same process. I used to self produce limited edition prints (of 9) on top of all this, however, beginning in 2018 I have decided to democratize this aspect and make all future images open editions, available in many locations on the internet.

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

Work is streamable on your 4K television at LOUPE ART

 

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

Sleepy Hollow - Film Set Art - 2016 - 2017

Play - Linus Gallery - Online Competition - 2017

Resonance - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2017

Flourish - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia - 2017

Dixon Museum - Memphis - Tennessee - 2017

Hunter Museum - Chattanooga - Tennessee - 2017

International Photographer of the Year: Photo Manipulation Category Winner - 2017

Deposit Photos Interview - 2018

Gallery Residences - Jan-Mar Showing 2018

Gallery Residences - Mar-May Showing 2018

MAGIC - Kai Lin Art - Atlanta - Georgia 2018

Piedmont House - Atlanta - Georgia - 2018