Edward Givis (@givis) is a Graphic Designer out of Southern California.
How do you see graphic design as a part of (or separated from) contemporary art?
This could be answered in so many ways. Graphic design without a doubt draws inspiration from contemporary art. It’s the job of the graphic artist much of the time to “make it feel like…” or “give it a look that resembles…”. It’s the nature of the game. Contemporary art sets many of those visual standards, and they move very rapidly. As a designer you need to adapt and figure out a way to blend these visual standards while selling a product and integrating your personal style.
Art is becoming more and more accessible online and through social media, most notably through Instagram. How do you use social media to keep up with what’s going on in the art world? Who do you find to be the most innovative Instagrammers?
What I personally love is the connection aspect. Being a transplant in Southern California from NYC, I miss the communication and involvement aspect of going to openings or visiting a studio. Instagram can’t completely replace that experience but it definitely helps to fill the hole. The way some artists’ posts bring you into their studio and their process of working is very voyeuristic. Many artists announce their prints or books going on sale through social media. As a younger collector with limited funds, engaging in conversation and writing directly can definitely help facilitate being able to afford originals. I’m certain that would not be as easy or even possible without social medias help in my case.
As for Instagrams, @willnyc without a doubt, I’m constantly on his feed. I also follow someone many people don’t love so much, and the Sith-Lord himself @stefansimchowitz. I’ve really enjoyed following @chicojefferson over the last year, his feed really brings you into his studio. @LIZNY3, @elenasoboleva and @mollygottschalk are awesome, and I follow @brad__phillips and @jesse_a_edwards for art and entertainment. I really like how @halfgallery and @harpersbooks use their feeds. There’s too many, and you always end up finding more.
Arnold Daniel, Todd Bienvenu, Brad Phillips, David Benjamin Sherry, Mark Delong, Paul Insect, Jim Mangan, Daniel Johnston, Torey Thornton, Michael Staniak, Cleon Peterson, Caramel Bobby, Marilyn Minter, Josh Jefferson, Robert Heinecken, James Ulmer, Raymond Pettibon and a brownie sized small edition by Justin Adian.
You’re based in the Los Angeles area. What are your favorite spots to check out new work?
OHWOW, Steve Turner Contemporary and Cherry and Martin show great artists. I’m still relatively new out here so I’m still getting to know the lay of the land. I find a lot of new work on the Internet and Instagram honestly– when it comes to new work you often see a piece or the process long before a gallery opening. It’s also a lot easier to find new or undiscovered talent that way as well… look at Genieve Figgis who Richard Prince found on Twitter and was recently one of Artsy’s ’15 artist to watch in 2015′.
If you could add anything to your collection, regardless of price, what would it be?
I think I’d be more than content with a Cy Twombly painting, the complete works of Dieter Roth and a Bill Traylor drawing. Those would work for me…