Interview – Gordon Lewis – Belgrade Art Studio Online Residency


Your artist statement emphasizes the goal of creating thought-provoking and unconventional work. Can you share a specific project or piece where you feel you’ve successfully achieved this, and what inspired its creation? 

Sure, I do strive to make thought-provoking and unconventional work through my artistic process. I am always looking for ways to combine my hands on designs with digital applications to set myself apart from other artists.

A specific project I’ve been working on consists of drawing images then uploading them to AI to create a video that has elements of movement and artistic design. I then add original compositions of music over the video and incorporate some of my poetry into the finished project as well.

Your diverse artistic background includes music, visual art, writing, and photography. How do these different forms of expression intersect and influence each other in your creative process? 

I like to explore my creative passion in a variety of ways and I find that having multiple forms of expression helps me to further my practice in every aspect.

I enjoy writing, creating art and composing music the most but I always try dabbling in the creative world in any capacity. These forms of expression intersect and influence each other because when I draw an image I can hear a piece of music in mind and vice versa. I find that I’m more inspired when I’m woking with a variety of mediums and each one seems to compliment the other.

Could you provide some insights into the techniques and technologies you use in your digital art? 

I use a wide array of techniques and technologies to create works of art that are unique and original. I usually start the process with a simple rough draft on paper with pen or pencil or with a simple melody/chord progression if I am composing music.

I use software for recording such as Logic, Pro Tools etc.

For my art practice I use technologies like ProCreate, Glitch Studio, Forager, Blender etc.

I love to learn about new technologies and how they can take my artwork to the next level.

You’ve had experience in commercial composing. How do you balance the creative freedom you seek as an artist with the demands of commercial projects, and what have you learned from these experiences? 

Sometimes it can be difficult to balance creative freedom that I seek as an artist versus having to create music or art that serves a purpose for commercial use but I also try to make the experience fun and interesting no matter what. I always strive to make works of art that are first and foremost creative and I can adapt the imagery to meet the client’s needs for commercial purposes.

Could you tell us about your vision for breaking the barriers of traditional art and developing your unique style? What themes or ideas are you currently exploring in this context? 

My vision for breaking the barriers of traditional art and developing my own unique style consists of going beyond the limits of what the art world views as acceptable.

Certain themes and ideas that I’m currently exploring in this context would be creating images that challenge the status quo. Current themes and ideas that I am currently exploring include combing elements of technology to take my designs and soundscapes to the next level reaching beyond what I think is possible creatively.

How important are interactions with other artists during the residency? 

What are your thoughts about the theme of the residency…. Any ideas about the project?

Interactions with other artist during this residency is extremely important to me. Part of the reason I signed up for the residency is to make connections with other artists from around the world to collaborate with. I love the theme of the residency because we must always think of moments of being on standby in any situation because life is uncertain and we must be prepared to have setbacks as well as have understand that everything might not go according to plan. I try to remember this as I approach works of art because I tend to have a vision but if there are creative blocks I must realize that this is part of the process in order to succeed.

Looking ahead, what are your future plans and aspirations as an artist? 

My future plans and aspirations as an artist would be to continue pushing the envelope of what I am able to achieve through my practice. I hope to play music on bigger stages and get my music licensed by bigger companies as well as have my artwork displayed globally in galleries and on beer labels so I can get my name out there and build a bigger following.