Frank Gillette interviewed by Helen Harrison
Techspressionist Artist Interview Series #24 – Recorded February 28, 2022
Frank Gillette is an American artist. He is a pioneer of multiple channel and time-delay installations– work which often integrates the audience. His early work pays a parallel concern with visual observation, closely related to a scientific interest with an ecological passion for the natural world.
We, the human race, are living through stupefying times. Ecological collapse is no longer a fantasy, a fiction or a dalliance with illusion. It is real, concrete and universal. How are visual artists expected to develop a counterstatement, both in their work and their attitude towards onrushing technologies, which are, by a wide margin, resisting ecological solutions? How can visual art make a difference, making the difference? – Frank Gillette
Helen A. Harrison, the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, is the former curator of the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton and Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton. She has also been a guest curator at the Queens Museum in Flushing, has taught at the School of Visual Arts, and currently holds an adjunct faculty position in Stony Brook University’s Department of Art. From 1978-2006, she wrote art reviews and feature articles for the Long Island section of The New York Times, and she was the visual arts commentator for WLIU 88.3 FM, Long Island University’s NPR-affiliated radio station, from 2004-2009. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous scholarly and popular publications, and she’s the author of several books, including, most recently, two mystery novels set in the New York art world.
Techspressionist Interviews are self-produced videos of of artists interviewing other artists in the spirit of Warhol’s Interview Magazine. Many thanks to artist Roz Dimon developing the Interview Series initiative and drafting the format. These videos are also published to the Techspressionism YouTube Channel.