Now, here is an interesting take on “green”. Nick Gatz is a millennial and one might expect him to take a couple of possible paths to interpret the theme of the current exhibit at Falls Church Arts. He’s a hip sort of guy and one might anticipate that he would connect with the natural environment. First surprise is that he didn’t do that directly.
One thing that he did do, and does consistently well, is he stuck with his characteristic style. His style might be described as having one foot in the 1970’s iconography and the other into the future. He acts as a bridge between generations and seems to be going somewhere. He is in a state of exploration and creative discovery.
Let’s analyze and hear his artist statement to see what he has on his mind without external spin.
“My artist statement.
Green is a powerful term whether it’s growth, the color of spring, renewal or money it is much a term associated with positive actions. My work touches on the mindset that green is a very powerful term and encompasses many emotions and decisions we all chose to make in our daily lives. It’s a balance that takes us away from the craziness of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well being. It’s that role we all play in our communities and the daily lives of others. It’s a sense of togetherness and how we choose to be defined, who we choose to spend our time with and how we find peace and love.
The pieces bring into question the value of money and how that plays a role in the mind. It’s even more a question of not what defines the value of money but what defines you? Is it your actions that carry the true value?
The pieces offer up the sense that money while very powerful and useful can in many situations also have a downside. It’s how you choose to find that inner peace within yourself that defines the power. My work offer’s you the viewer the ability to dig deep inside and reach for those moments in life where you had to choose where the money went, where you chose to make decisions that may not have only affected you. Was it that choice to take the ‘red pill’? Embracing the painful truth of reality that money always comes with a price or was it choosing to continue on a path of blissful ignorance.
If I live to see the seven wonders I’ll make a path to the rainbow’s end.”
Does Nick drive a VW bus?
Artists get their acts together in different ways. Some actually study art as in Nick’s case.
Nick Gatz is an experienced professional graphic designer and production artist with 15 years experience. Nick graduated from George Mason University with a BA in Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in multimedia. Skilled in creating and implementing installations, artwork, advertising campaigns, websites and gallery work. Nick has an extensive knowledge of digital, offset and web standards. Nick is constantly looking to create and bring his ideas to life through various mediums. Always learning new trends, design techniques, and computer skills to stay ahead in the industry Nick Strives to be unique and innovative. Nick is an expert in many digital art programs. Nick maintains knowledge of the current print, web and design trends. Nick runs his own design firm gatzgatz graphics and creates and shows his own collection of artwork under the name gatzgatzink.”
Via the Artist
His bio describes and explains a lot. He has a handle on modern technology that offers powerful tools for creating effects that cannot be achieved as well any other way. Nick volunteers much time and effort to Falls Church Arts and his peer artists appreciate that very much. See his work in the “Green” show and follow him at Artspace Falls Church.
ArtSpace Falls Church, located at 410 South Maple Ave., Falls Church