TPB: What kind of education you do have in the field of art?
GDB: I began drawing and messing around with art when I was very young, since I can remember really. I was fortunate to learn some basic skills in high school and then I went to University of Arizona. I originally went as an astronomy major, but I quickly switched to art. I have always felt that art is something I must do, It is also seems the most natural way of thinking for me, and it provides an infinite opportunity to really explore and analyze the world. For me, it is a scientific/philosophical exploration of living and experiencing the world. I ask questions.
TPB: What gave you your design aesthetic?
GDB: I could not say for sure. I think that my “signs” and the colors I am engaging can be traced back to the beginning of color TV, early video games, and a 60’s or early 70’s media aesthetic, but that is not what I am thinking of in particular. It just feels appropriate, it feels necessary to capture and direct a space. I also do not think of myself as working in any specific aesthetic mode, I just do what is necessary for my thinking and purpose.
TPB: Do you have a slogan/motto you live by?
GDB: I have a few I suppose. Know thyself. Produce and support quality. You are what you make yourself. Who you are surrounds you. Impossibility is meaningless.
TPB: What are your plans for the future? Where do you go from here?
GDB: I am applying to grad school this fall. I have always, since I was young, wanted to go back to Rhode Island. There is a great art school there, RISD, so I have been very drawn to it; however, I am open and trust the that the best choice will be made. I am applying to 6 or 7 schools. Further down the line, I want to produce art that questions and betters society and culture, that progresses openness and understanding within our world. I want to uplift spirits and inspire questions of everything that is around us; to reveal and empower. I also want to teach, write, do film, fashion, so forth. For me these ventures are all just connected and part of engaging the world.
TPB: What would be your next conquest if you could do anything?
GDB: Write a book, install work in random locations throughout the world, on the moon. Alter the education system to progress teaching creative and explorative (not a word but it should be) thinking amongst the youth. Preach positive world engagement, do on to others as one would do onto his or her self. Revive pride and quality in objects.
TPB: Does your art leave you time for a personal life?
GDB: Most of the time yes, I have spent a lot of this summer reading and helping other people, it has been reflective and contemplative. The art and thinking never stops though. I always leave myself open to new ideas and explorations, and I try to write or work almost everyday. I have been better about managing my time and spending it with others.
TPB: Give me a little background on growing up, you
GDB: My father was in the military so we moved a lot. I have lived in Florida, California, Rhode Island, Virginia, south Dakota, Ohio, and now Arizona. In many ways, moving all the time forced me to be creative and to analyze my environments. Things were constantly changing so you get to know yourself very well, you turn inward and instead of viewing yourself as part of your environment, you begin to feel as though you are looking from afar. You look at things on a larger scale, you see things more clearly because they are removed. I was always drawn to media and books. They were constants, didn’t change. Thinking and creating were things I could take any where.
TPB: Is there an artist who inspires you?
GDB: I have been talking to Oliver Mosset here in Tucson. He is an incredible Swiss painter who was involved in France during the mid and late 60’s, and then he came to the U.S. His paintings really question the validity and purpose of painting, and art in general. He looks around and he sees things with great clarity. Great person. I also really enjoy the work of Martin Creed, Jeff Koons, and Liam Gillick (among many others of course).
TPB: What is your philosophy on creativity?
GDB: For me it is like an energy or a drive. I use it all the time and with everything I do. I think about or look at something and try to mentally produce every possibility I can. I actively look for new ways of creating and producing work or ideas. It is an infinite door in my head I feel like. I just have to focus or direct my thoughts and ideas start to come to me. I think creativity is essential if not the most important human force, it is active mental to physical evolution.
TPB: Do you think the type of parents you have were part of who you are today?
GDB: Undoubtedly they have been, but neither are engaged in art. I was lucky to have time to explore, and to be taught discipline.

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