CAIRO is excited to announce a very special art show featuring local artist and graphic designer Gabriel Stromberg.
In his new series titled INTERIORS, Stromberg explores the intricacies of silkscreening with color, light, geometry, and space. The pieces take inspiration from architecture, interior design, and graphic design.
Gabriel Stromberg is the Art Director for Seattle's graphic design firm Civilization.
Interiors opens Thursday, June 12th, and will be on display until July 8th.
Join us on June 12th from 7-9 PM for art, drinks, and conversation!
INTERVIEW WITH GABRIEL STROMBERG:
What was your first creative outlet?
When I was a kid drawing was my thing. I was never without paper, pens, pencils, and markers. I remember in second grade having a drawing club with my friends. We would hang out all day drawing robots and monsters.
What is the most satisfying element of design for you? What do you enjoy most?
I love surprises—when things come together in an unexpected way. Randomness and chance can be really important parts of the design process.
What are you most inspired by?
I am really inspired by design history. I am constantly looking to the past for ideas and visual references. Most of my design heroes made their mark in the sixties or seventies—designers like Otl Aicher, Ken Garland, and Wim Crouwel. For the pieces in Interiors I was particularly inspired by the Bauhaus—the German arts and crafts school that existed in the twenties and the thirties.
Where do you draw inspiration when you need a creative boost?
My favorite inspiration destination is the downtown library. I can easily spend all day there. When I go there, I always dress up and bring all my supplies—pencils, paper, exacto knife, glue stick. I usually snag a window table in the spiral and a stack of about ten books—much more interesting than a google image search. My favorite part is the crappy black and white xerox printer. It makes the best copies for collaging.
How long have you been affiliated with Cairo?
I have been a fan from the beginning.
Do you have a favorite piece or series you’ve ever created?
I always like what I am currently working on the most. When a project is finished the party’s over and then it’s on to the next one.
Do you have anything you want to share specifically about INTERIORS?
For the past eight years or so I have regularly kept a sketchbook — I am constantly doodling and jotting down ideas, rough sketches, freeform drawings. The result is usually very unresolved and for the most part meaningless but I started to realize that many times these rough ideas would inform my design work. About a year ago I started taking more time with these doodles and sketches—putting more effort into them to make them finished things. These became the first pieces I did for Interiors.
See you Thursday, June 12th!