We had the good fortune of connecting with Greg Crimmins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Greg, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Choosing a creative career was a natural path for me. I realized early on that the joy I felt while being creative was personally fulfilling. It’s also a goal of mine to lead a life that adds to our planet in a positive way. While the world around us is constantly changing, and my longing to find a way to insert myself positively has adapted as well, my outlet has not changed. Art gives me a voice that can speak for me for many years after, when I’m unable to. My admiration for acclaimed masters, and their impact on society is a driving force behind my desire to create as well. Ultimately, I want to add beauty into our world the best way I know how.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m currently wrapping up my latest series, which has been an exploration into the adaptability of paper as well as myself. Titled ‘Pushing Paper’, the series is a compilation of works utilizing a wide variety of different types of paper in multiple forms while employing a diverse range of mediums. As I delved into topics revolving around space, time, and our place in the universe, ‘Pushing Paper’ grew in unexpected directions. Utilizing as much recycled material as possible became part of my mission during the creation of ‘Pushing Paper’. Many of the frames, canvases, and substrates have past lives. As my career progresses, I feel it is my duty to create without causing unnecessary harm to our planet, in hope that many future generations can enjoy the path paved by those before them. I’m excited to show a body of work that is genuine to myself. Getting to where I am professionally has been a wild ride. One factor of my success is that I have never been afraid to invest in myself. None of it has been easy, but doing what I love for a living makes every challenge worth the energy. I have learned many lessons along the way while getting to this point in my career. I think one of the most important being to enjoy every aspect of it, and to remember that every day is part of the growth, good or bad. Doing something you love is worth it. I’ve got a long way to go and this story is nowhere near finished. So stay tuned.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One Eared Stag has fried chicken that does ATL justice. Savage Pizza is a great alternative. Lil Five Corner Tavern has great deals of the day, couple shots, couple brews, you can’t go wrong. Blind Willies in Virginia Highlands is a great spot to get lost in some local music. There are a few cool galleries that I truly enjoy visiting. Whitespace, Mason Fine Art, and TEW Gallery to name a few. Overall, Atlanta has so much to offer, you just have to explore it.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give credit to my wife. Through thick and thin, she has shown uncanny support and belief in me. And for that I feel incredibly lucky.