Art in Odd Places: GSS Interview

Service, Writing

I had the honor of being interviewed by our lovely peers at Art in Odd Places about the origins and intent of the Gowanus Studio Space.

It feels odd to quote myself, but this part I thought was really true:

Honestly, my joining GSS has been essential to my reviving my career as an artist after 12+ years weathering a career in interaction and advertising design. I consider it an ideal setting for my rehabilitation back into the wild after all those years alone in a cubicle. It’s also helped me become a better designer in my professional practice, thanks to being exposed to all the brain power floating around./blockquote>

I cannot state clearly enough how important GSS is to those of us who work there. It is ramshackle at the edges, a bit roughshod at times, but always a place where proactivity is rewarded.

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Libby Clarke is an artist, designer, and educator living in Maplewood, NJ. She received her BFA in Printmaking from James Madison University and her MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Professionally, Libby has worked as an interaction art director for over 15 years for such companies as Agency.com and Scholastic.com. She was an Assistant Professor at the New York College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York. She also served as the Director of the Studio School of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. As an artist, Libby has produced a series of multi-media conceptual products under the name Monstress Productions since 1996. She gives workshops and lectures across the United States on the intersection of art, activism, and technology, and her pieces are exhibited and collected internationally.