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Exhibitor Profile: Adam Griffiths

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Meet Adam Griffiths.

Takoma Park, MD

Adam Griffiths is a cartoonist, illustrator, and artist living just outside of Washington, DC. Griffiths earned a BA from MICA in 2004, and has been working as both a professional artist and an arts administrator for over 8 years, contributing to the programming at organizations like the Washington Project for the Arts, Provisions, and more while honing his comic craft. 

In a couple of sentences, please describe the mission of your publishing project.

My goal is to make comic books with as few hindrances on my internal human morality as possible. The images, books, and artworks I’ve made in the past demonstrate the behavior of an imagination that is peaceful, confrontational, racist, universalist, political, amoral. A wildness that trusts.

 What was your introduction to the world of art book publishing?

I guess I’ve been trying to make comics for many years; I wrote a three-hundred-page graphic novel in high school, but didn’t return to making comics until a few years ago, when I began my writing and drawing my graphic novel project Washington White. I have a background in contemporary art which I’ve also managed to shove into this new suitcase that is my career and calling — a mix of: comics, multimedia and animation, illustration and of course, drawing. So, I’m a voracious reader who has probably thumbed through fifty-too-many very well made art books! 

As an artist yourself, do you see publishing as an extension of your practice? 

Publishing is ‘knowing to share.’ I make A LOT of work, and honestly much of it is utterly inaccessible! Publishing is a reminder to me to not allow my beard to grow past my ankles, to take a survey of what the brain produces and transmit it to a language of multitudes.  

What has been particularly influential to you and your project?

The following list of comics, illustration, and design were influences for my graphic novel, Washington White:

Artists and art that are inspirations to me include Winsor McCay’s “Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend," George Herriman, Julie Doucet, Mark Alan Stamaty’s "Washingtoon," David Wojnarowitz’s “Seven Miles a Second,” Gary Panter, Jim Nutt’s portraits, Artzybasheff’s machine age illo's, Barney Bubbles’ paste-up design.

Films that have influenced me include Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros,” “The Seven-Percent Solution,” "Putney Swope,” "The Spook who Sat by the Door," “The Strawberry Statement,” “The Adjustment Bureau," and “The Prowler." 

Your favorite art-related publication from the last year?

Right now, I’ve been quite liking Sarah Horrocks’ “Goro” series. Also, Connor Williumson’s "Anti-Gone," was a standout independent comic in 2017.

Griffiths is currently working on four new book projects - visit his table at CURRENT Books 2018 to see how they're coming!