The Wild Hunt
Grady Gordon (b.1979) is originally from Santa Fe, NM. In the high-desert, he grew up alongside various art forms, most notably the Native American “Kachina” wood carvings of numerous spirits. Another inspiration to his work are the Japanese “yokai”. These spirits allow him to investigate the world beyond our visible limit.
Over the years, Grady has been diligently exploring the unique process of monotype printmaking. The monotype print is a study of impermanence. Unlike other forms of printmaking the monotype offers only one copy. The original image on the plate is then given back to the ether, back into the fabric.
In each one of his series, Grady examines a different cultural mythology and recreates it through imagined narrative. The new work for the ‘The Wild Hunt’ exhibition is inspired by the ‘sluagh’ mythos – based on an old gaelic word that in some instances refers to the “unrested dead” and can also mean the “working man”. For ‘The Wild Hunt’ series, Grady creates an amalgamation of spiritual beings caught rampaging through mystical environs. The stark contrast and permanence of the black ink on the white paper is juxtaposed by the beautiful, ethereal quality of the forms. In his prints, Grady searches for xrays of mortality, the face behind the veil, and aims to illuminate what is staring back at us.
Grady has a BFA in illustration from California College of the Arts. He teaches art at San Francisco day school and lives in Oakland California.