For a working artist, Clint Reid seems to do a lot more work than art.
I dont consider myself a gallery artist, Reid said during preparations for his solo show Algorithms on Thursday night at Studio &, which also is a gallery.
Its not as confusing as it sounds. Reid works full time as a graphic designer at a local Web design firm and also does a weekly comic strip, Chech it Out for the Durango Telegraph. That doesnt leave a lot of time for outside art projects, but the Oklahoma natives production has gone up considerably since he joined the Main Avenue arts collective about three months ago.
Its hard to work alone so having people around is a good way to stay focused, Reid said. I have to walk past everybodys stuff to get to my space so I can see what theyre working on and how theyre doing it. I like all the creative elements circulating around there.
Reid breaks cleanly from the precision world of computer-generated art in his private work, opting for the freedom allowed through pen-and-ink drawing.
I mostly want to be at the coffee shop with my sketchbook hunkered over a drawing, he said.
He typically fills the colors in with watercolors or other paints. Many of his pieces in Algorithms are drawn and/or painted onto slabs of finished birch wood instead of paper or canvas, which introduced power tools into his arsenal of artistic weaponry. And none of that even hints at what he expects to be his most time-consuming project at & screen printing. He learned the craft while living in New Mexico before moving to Durango 2½ years ago and will soon have all the necessary equipment in place at &.
I love making T-shirts I could do that all day, but I should probably sell some because I cant wear them all myself, Reid said.
Reid uses water-based or soy inks on his shirts, which he says is kinder to both the Earth and whomever dons the shirt. It feels better on your body, less like somethings painted on your shirt, he said.
Hes already proved hes willing to experiment as much with what his art goes on as he is with the art itself. So expect future projects to include screen printing onto clothing as well as any other surface onto which he can manipulate the ink.
I dont want it to look awkward ... what you put the art on can be a big deal, Reid said. Ive been able to grow not only with what Im doing but how, and it makes you think ahead. I cant crumple up a piece of birch and start over.