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Instagram: @gretelsheaddress
One of my favorite things is to do is to explore, to go off the beaten path and go where most people would never think of going; there you will often find hidden treasures that have been left or forgotten about over time. Art has always played a central role in my daily life, even as a child. While growing up in Portland, Oregon the treasures found in the city, were often left by people. Though I found many interesting man made items, my favorite findings were all of the different feathers dropped by a variety of birds. A couple of years ago two roads diverged, and my family and I relocated to SW Montana, and that has made all the difference. This move from an urban setting to the rural, rugged Mountains has had a profound impact on my work.
I have always had a huge interest in using found objects in art and have always tried to do that in my own work; I first saw this in Jean-Michele…

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  • Male
  • Born on March 25
  • Joined March 15, 2012

Favorite materials

sharpie, acrylic paint, skulls and antlers, axes and hatchets

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Original artwork by Mark James Gunderson

About

Instagram: @gretelsheaddress
One of my favorite things is to do is to explore, to go off the beaten path and go where most people would never think of going; there you will often find hidden treasures that have been left or forgotten about over time. Art has always played a central role in my daily life, even as a child. While growing up in Portland, Oregon the treasures found in the city, were often left by people. Though I found many interesting man made items, my favorite findings were all of the different feathers dropped by a variety of birds. A couple of years ago two roads diverged, and my family and I relocated to SW Montana, and that has made all the difference. This move from an urban setting to the rural, rugged Mountains has had a profound impact on my work.
I have always had a huge interest in using found objects in art and have always tried to do that in my own work; I first saw this in Jean-Michele Basquiat’s work with his paintings on old refrigerators and rudimentary canvases. About ten years ago I came across the Beautiful Losers (Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, and Chris Johansen) whose work greatly transformed my own direction in art. I loved the way they displayed their artwork as a whole installation as well as their use of materials from found wood and old glass bottles to cardboard boxes as canvases.
When we moved to Montana I started to explore the mountains and hills that surround our small town. I was mainly on the lookout for antlers but failed miserably in this endeavor. One thing I was finding was bones and skulls, which I wasn’t picking up at first. Eventually, I realized that my search for antlers was evolving into a large collection of various animal skulls ranging from coyotes to cow elk. I experimented with a variety of media on the skulls and am currently using acrylics and sharpie markers with a simplified color palette. The subject matter of my artwork is mostly simple symbols that reflect the current movement from urban, man made living to an appreciation for the outdoors, as well as simple hand made craftsmanship. My process has been influenced by Keith Haring, Australian Aboriginal art, and simple tattoo art; all of which uses simple line drawing, pattern, and repetition. It also reflects our move from the city to rural Montana, where life is more primitive and nature is a part of everyday life.

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