Hi! I’m Gues5w0rk! I also go by ‘G” or Guilherme. Here’s a little background on my ideas, artist statement and everything Behind the Gues5w0rk project over the last few years. Enjoy!
(To give some back story) I went on like a 10 year artist freeze where I did some Commission work on the side.
Because I suck at artist statement I formulated my ideas interview style for you below.
Why the name Gues5w0rk?
I have a few answers for this.
I’m not be biggest fan of Guilherme as a name.
My Panting Process is a ton of guess work. I don’t get to see the finished product till I remove the grid. So Gues5w0rk made sense to me.
My unique spelling is because I love electronic music so I took the 5 from Deadmau5.
I do have other names I considered like Gridiclous and Grandfather Monopoly, I think pseudonyms are great.
Why use a Grid?
I really need to give 2 artist credit for my ideas. Invader and Chuck Close. (So many amazing artist influenced my work but I gotta credit these two the most)
Chuck Close for his painting process and use of a grid to map out his work. A Grid keeps me grounded on a massive big painting. Instead of working on large painting as a whole I can Manage a massive project a few inches at a time. Sure the finished product isn’t nothing like Chucks work by any stretch of the imagination, but the fundamentals are the same.
Invaders Rubikcubist series. Visually, i think anyone can see the similarities in the content and style, but way too many artist have used rubik cubes for making beautiful art. I still very much want to paint. I like to think of Gues5w0rk as a Chuck Close/Invader burger with a little of everything else on top.
How are your paintings a guess if you use a grid to map everything out?
I think this video below how different the mold looks from finished work. Once the mold is removed you can’t go back. I can only control what I can see. What happens under the mold it up to Gravity and what the paint wants to do. Hence the name Gues5w0rk.
How long does a painting take to make?
At least a month…setting up the grid is the longest part. I’ve been working on one painting for over 4 months now.
How does it feel to remove the grid and see your finished painting.
Like being a kid on Christmas morning opening gifts. One thing I learned from this process is the paint needs to dry for a few day.