Shoreline Artist Spotlight: Marty Gordon

Shoreline Artist Spotlight: Marty Gordon

Choosing the artists to grace our walls isn’t an easy job! But our tireless Chelsea Robinson found Marty Gordon on Instagram and his work is REALLY cool.

Gordon draws monsters and does collages that you can see on his instagram, and our friends across the street at Arcane Comics also just bought his coloring books. Marty says he doesn’t know if looking at his art while under the influence of cannabis might be trippy, but we’ve been staring at it pretty much nonstop since it’s made it’s way onto our walls, and it’s awesome.

Q: How did you end up as a working artist in Seattle?

A: My wife’s job (costume designer at local theater) brought us to Seattle. It was while we were dating that she got me into collage art. We didn’t live in the same town so I would visit her and she would drag all her collage materials out and we would make art together. I fell in love with the immediacy of collage so I just kept doing it. After we moved to Seattle, I found that there were places where I could show my art around town so I just kept doing it. Even when I’m not showing my art much, I still make art nearly every day. I can’t not make art. It’s who I am.


Q: What is your artistic process like?

A: It’s usually very spontaneous. Whether it’s collage, cartoons, painting or whatever, I usually just start laying things down and then responding to that with the next thing. I do plan things ahead of time occasionally but those rarely turn out as well as the spontaneous ones.


Q: How does cannabis play into your artistic process?

A:  I haven’t smoked pot since college. I wouldn’t mind trying it again but just haven’t had the time, money or opportunity.


Q: In what ways does your art connect people to cannabis?

A: I suppose looking at my art while under the influence might be trippy. I don’t know; I’ve never thought about it before…


Q: What would your dream project look like?

A: I’d love to blend my collage and my cartoons together into something. I haven’t had the time or focus to really get into it but I hope to in the near future. Also, I’m really hoping that the collage comics I make with the Collagemonauts (a collab collage team I’m a part of) take off. We have dreams of having our own press where we help other artists create art books.

All in all, I just want to make art.  A dream come true would be to quit my day job and just make art all the time.