Evan Clayton Horback’s art is a response to what he finds around him, in ways both large and small — from old magazines, stickers and scraps of paper, to life in Olympia, the United States and the world. Article by Molly Gilmore
Fall '17. Studio visit with the City of Olympia. Mixed media collage work 'Street Love,' is selected as the Arts Walk Cover. This 9 minutes video examines some of Horback's process & inspirations while examining the influence of place on his work.
I grew up in New Jersey in the 80’s. My father studied Advertising at Pratt Institute in NYC and his obsession with advertising, film & theater directly influenced my own interest in art & print media. I entered my undergraduate studies majoring in photography & film but something wasn’t fitting right. I decided to interrupt my academics to travel abroad & study in an ashram setting.
Evan Clayton Horback is a visual artist living and working in Olympia, Wa. He’s also a husband, a father, a student of the harmonium, an art docent for a Visual Art Pilot Program in the Olympia school district, an art director for the grammy-nominated album ‘Bhakti Without Borders,’ and a talented cook of East-Indian vegan cuisine. Though Evan has a history as a painter, his current obsession is small-scale collage. ~read the interview below
Kirtan Shakti Project is a creative collaboration aimed at empowering and educating underprivileged girls in India. Launched in 2014, under the nonprofit Kulimela Association, the project was initiated by a tightknit group of friends. Together they recruited a team of international kirtan singers and crowdfunded an album to raise funds for Food For
Life Vrindavan. The campaign took off with supporters quick to lend support and by Summer the first album went into production: Bhakti Without Borders. Produced by Dave Stringer, and featuring singers and musicians from around the world, the record is both musical allegory and mechanism for change. Truly a by-the-people-for-the-people brand, Kirtan Shakti Project hopes to support charity organizations through conscious music for years to come.
It has been 100 years since Picasso and Braque invented the technique of collage. In more contemporary times the technique has degenerated to either warmed-up Kurt Schwitters or to bizarre and often comical combinations of surrealistic imagery, which tend to be more gimmicky than artistic. Notable exceptions have been the works of Robert Rauschenberg and Romare Bearden.
Evan Clayton Horback, a relative newcomer to Olympia, has made the technique special again - art with integrity and class, art that is more Rauschenbergian and Schwitters, yet uniquely Horback. That's what good artists do. ~Click below to read the full review.