This Issue's Cover Artist: David Brandon Geeting

05/09/2013 12:48 PM |

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Greenpoint based David Brandon Geeting is a still life and portrait photographer who uses friends and findings to create musings on daily Brooklyn experience. With precarious balancing acts and unexpected arrangements of otherwise overlooked household items, he strategically (notice liquor store window reference) handles the item we all treat the most lovingly in Brooklyn—BOOZE.

What is your work’s relation to the issue theme?
Whenever I drink I have the craziest dreams. A lot of my work is based on subconscious decisions – I make the best stuff when I’m not thinking about it.

Where can we see your work this next year?

The FADER, Bloomberg Businessweek, in a lookbook for Levi’s, possibly in a gallery in DUMBO, and possibly on your bedroom wall.

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How do you start a new project?
I get really frustrated that I haven’t started a project, so I force myself to start one right then and there. I don’t mess with that weird period of hesitation.

Do you have a studio routine?
Wake up, eat breakfast, take a walk, check e-mail, make some sort of work (an image, a song, a digital collage, SOMETHING) even if I don’t have the ideas or the necessary means to make said work. I can’t sleep at night unless I’ve made something that day.

Is there an artist or exhibition that’s had an especially significant impact on your development recently?

My girlfriend, Priscilla Jeong, inspires me every day with her work. She makes really wild installations out of really delicate materials, she’s five feet tall and she builds walls, uses power tools, and just totally kills it. It’s so cool. While I am at home playing with old fruit and stuff I bought at the dollar store on a wrinkled seamless, I remember Priscilla’s ambition and it makes me try a little harder.

Do you have any advice for other young artists?
Make art even if you don’t feel like it, try to make at least one thing every day even if you hate it, get a blog, update it regularly, have patience, don’t dwell on the fact that you are not getting noticed. If you are putting forth the effort, you will eventually get what you deserve. That is how the world works.

Is there another medium or style of work that you’d like to explore or have started to experiment with?
I am trying to record a solo record in the next few weeks. I wrote a bunch of songs on guitar over the last couple of years and I don’t even know how to play guitar. Cross your fingers. I also play drums in Slow Warm Death, which is like dark lo-fi garage rock. Our debut LP came out last month and it’s on Spotify if you want to hear it. So yeah, when I am not making pictures, I am making songs.


How do you describe your work to your parents?

Haha, my mom is one of my biggest fans. I don’t really have to describe it to her. She’s got my Tumblr bookmarked on her iPad and she texts me smiley emoji monkeys to express how much she likes new photos I post. My dad likes it too, he’s just not as emoji-savvy.