P E R S O N
by Gilda Davidian
Nicholas Gottlund is an artist/photographer who also runs Gottlund Verlag, a small independent publishing house that produces limited edition books by contemporary artists with a focus on photography. He is currently working on his own book, posession, for which he made a boxed edition of 8×10 prints which you can preview on his blog. Here he is talking to us about his life and some of the things that interest him.
Hi Nicholas! Where do you live? What do you love about living there? I live in Baltimore, Maryland. I enjoy it mostly for it’s emptiness. It’s an odd quality for a city to have. It feels somewhat lawless and you can do what you like. It has lots of cheap and / or vacant spaces to work in. It’s a great place to make art. I also have a studio in rural Pennsylvania at my family farm. It provides a good balance for me.
Describe for us a what a typical day looks like for you. Wake up middle morning, have coffee and a salt bagel. Work in the studio on books / my own work. Break for dinner for an hour or two around 8. Work from 10 til 2 on more stuff in the studio. Go to sleep around 3.
What are 3 things that interest you deeply? Things of a spiritual nature. Daydreaming about building a home / space. Gardening.
Read anything interesting recently? Thomas Pynchon’s book Inherent Vice.
What kind of music did you listen to in high school? I listened to a lot of Drum & Bass and garage / 2 step.
What was the last place you visited? Tell us about something that happened there.
I was in Majorca this past summer. My girlfriend and I slept in a tipi we found at the end of a rocky point after flying to the island, taking a train and hiking through 2 towns. It was the first of many strange nights.
What is something you are looking forward to? Taking some time away from the studio and visiting friends in L.A. in November.
Thank you, Nicholas!