Dazed Magazine Interviews Gordon Holden
Gordon Holden: American dreaming
A fascination with pop culture has led the artist to toy with everything from the Biebs, a Blackberry and the Macbook
Last time we met Gordon Holden he was introducing us to his series People Holding Things. A project that really is as simple as it sounds. “It was just something I noticed after going through all of my photos, I noticed a lot of people holding things,” he told us in 2013. Yet the artist is anything but basic. “Complexity is easy. Anybody can make something complicated. It’s hard to make something simple,” he tells us over email, as we talk about his latest projects. Holding down a broad range of work, from t-shirt design to installation, the artist’s latest show, Wishful Thinking, is now on display at LA’s Paul Loya gallery. Creating a series of 10 paintings for the occasion, Holden’s tool of choice was lit birthday candles – dripping wax and burning holes into the acrylic-coated canvases. Elsewhere, fruit trees are decorated with furs and pleather. “Wishful Thinking is about looking for yourself outside of yourself,” he explains. It’s a continuation of the Connecticut-born artist’s previous work which has seen him toy with everything from the pizza box to a Blackberry in his signature reappropriation of American pop cultural symbols. We speak to him about living in America, pop culture and what’s next.