LOCAL ARTIST ALERT!!!
As in, San Diego artist folks!! The first time I saw one of Circles & Squares designs was in San Diego, on a vendor, at an art show. Her an I had hit it off pretty quick and her shirt was apart of our conversation. I’m pretty sure it was this design (but on a shirt):
Anyways, she told me all about Circles & Squares, how it was her favorite shirt AND that it was a local artist. I made a mental note and checked it out a few days later and was hooked. The guy behind Circles & Squares is David Cuzick. I was beyond excited when he agreed to an interview which I must admit is an awesome one. I love how he describes his work and his words of wisdom are dead on. Without further ado, meet David!!
1. Who are you/tell us a bit about yourself?
I love to work on wood and paper. For the past few years, my main mediums have included screen print, painting and drawing. I use digital tools when necessary and incorporate them seamlessly into my work, with the ultimate goal being a clear and accessible realization of my vision. In my personal as well as commercial work, I always try and weave in a sense of narrative. I strive to capture a story in a single frame. I call these frames “key” frames, a term taken from the process of animation which I studied in college. The key frame gives the viewer a good sense of where the action has been as well as where it is going. The narrative is implied without being ridged, challenging the viewer to continue to interpret the story on his or her own. I feel that I have only begun to scratch the surface of what is possible as my graphic and painterly styles continue to merge into a single unified voice for my ideas.
2. What are some of your favorite things to do?
I’m a single dad, so most of my time is spent taking care of my kids, working on my Circles and Squares business, trying to get out new designs, and spending time with my girlfriend. I enjoy all of these things and they all work together towards a pretty complete and harmonious life.
3. What’s sitting on your desk right now??
Lots of art supplies. I have pencils, my favorite pens, inks and brushes, random sketches, a space heater, speakers to hook my phone up to for music, and a general mess.
4. How would you describe your artistic style?
I have a few different styles. Upon seeing them side by side, you may not even think that the same person created them. I love working with wood and specialty papers.
For Circles and Squares, I try to keep the designs simple and direct, at least upon first inspection. My hope is to further engage the viewer with a deeper narrative once they look more closely at the design; so I would say a mixture of mid-century, Pop, Victorian (because of the silhouettes), and Surrealism
5. What kinds of things do you make and sell?
For Circles and Squares, which is my bread and butter, I produce t shirts for men, women, and kids, posters, art cards, greeting cards, serigraphs, and original work on wood.
6. If you had to be trapped in a book, which one would it be and why?
Unfortunately, I don’t get a whole lot of time to read books for adults. I mainly read children’s books to my kids at bedtime. Funny enough, many of these books are full of wisdom and imagination. I really enjoy them. A title that I recently read to the kids was The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Andrews, a.k.a. Mary Poppins.
The book was very well written and full of imagination. It speaks of the magic of childhood and the ability to achieve the impossible if only one believes hard enough. The magical land that the characters journey through certainly sounded to me like one that I would love to visit. I guess that if I was trapped there, at least there would be plenty of woodge to eat (spelling?), which is a kind of candy.
7. Where did the inspiration for your shop name, Circles and Squares, come from?
Originally, my ex-wife and I started the line. She took all of her work out once we split. The name came from the two of us as a pair and as an allusion to circles and squares as the base building blocks to many things.
8. What drew you to creating?
I have always created and felt the need to try to express my ideas visually. For me, art is like a religious experience, a portal to the infinite. I love to lose myself in the flow of the process of creation.
9. Do you have any other job aside from your awesome shop?
Nope. This is my sole source of income. I’m not wealthy from it, financially speaking, but I have been fortunate enough to be able to make a living. The sense of making the most of this short time here on earth by following my calling is what it is all about for me.
10. What words of wisdom would you give to someone wanting to make their passion their livelihood?
Simply to DO IT at all costs! You can find a million excuses not to follow your dream, but in the end, you are only accountable to yourself and the choice is between a rich and fulfilled existence or an empty life.
Much thanks to David for taking the time to do an interview with me!!
Thanks for stopping by <3 Jonnie
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