Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher (ARTmuffin) Gendron.
Christopher, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I currently live in Western Massachusetts.
I earned a degree from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, have taken a handful of painting classes since then, and have studied with Alex and Allyson Grey in their Visionary Art Intensive at Omega Institute. I am a self-taught artist in regards to the medium in which I create most of my current work, which is primarily acrylic and ink on watercolor paper and canvas.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
The intention of my current and ongoing body of work, titled Pages From the Book of Gosh, is to present the viewer with almost enough information.
These pages were once lost but now psychically found pages from the Book of Gosh. Until recent years, it was a lost book from another civilization from another dimension. This book and these pages document everything from anatomy, history, botany, creatures, rituals, ceremonies, and more.
As the artist, these pages focus primarily on the creative process of summoning stories and art from another culture from another dimension. The art often looks as if pulled from an ancient book written by elders versed in an almost familiar language or by alien printmakers using a process similar to our own.
Part of the experience of viewing the art is what the individual brings to the art themselves and how their lives ultimately contribute to and become a part of the work. Every person will have their own individual experiences from their past that will subconsciously translate the work that they are viewing. Creating the art in this way will hopefully leave the art open to interpretation and the viewer perhaps partially responsible for their own reaction to that particular piece. It is my opinion that keeping the work mysterious keeps the work personal for each individual.
I look forward to channeling these pages as time progresses. I put these visions to paper, wood, and canvas as often as I can. I will continue to do so until my living flesh body fails to function enough to respect the reproduction of the visions that come through. I hope that these pages will inspire a sense of wonder and creativity in all who view them. I feel extremely lucky to be a part of them and their birth into this world and into our lives, your lives.
What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
The role of the artist… I suppose that is up to the artist and how much or how they may decide to contribute to the world. Will the artist use their talent to create a voice to speak for what they believe in? Will their work be intentionally political or environmental? Or will the artist choose to avoid such subjects and go a different route?
Typically, current events, for the most part, do not affect my art or subject matter. As I mentioned, my primary body of work is based on another world in another dimension. I have no doubt that the constant stream of events going on in our world must get through and into some of my work some of the time, but I generally don’t go out of my way to make political statements.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see and find my work a number of ways. Being that my works leans towards the strange and attracts the wonderfully similar minded, I try to do a few of the local conventions around the Fall season that are based around the dark sci-fi and horror genres. I recently displayed and sold work at the Connecticut Horror Fest and will soon be participating in Rock and Shock, a three-day art and music festival in Worcester in mid-October. I post my upcoming conventions and shows on social media, primarily Facebook and Instagram… URL’s for both of which I will provide. If people want to view my work online, they can go to www.artmuffin.com. Prints are available to purchase in my Storenvy shop which is linked to my personal site at artmuffin.com.
I also have a set of fortune telling cards I’ve created called Prophecy Cards. More details about the cards can be found at www.prophecycards.com.
Lastly, I’m in the process of revamping my Patreon page and should have that reorganized by end of first quarter of 2019.
- Website: www.artmuffin.com
- Phone: 413-200-8441
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: artmuffin_studio
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artmuffinstudio/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/artmuffin
- Other: www.prophecycards.com