We had the good fortune of connecting with Frank Synowicz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Frank, why did you pursue a creative career?
Creating, for me, is a way of life, a daily practice. One of my first memories is of picking up a pencil and drawing. I would fill sketchbooks with things I found interesting, beautiful, or that I wanted to understand. It has always been my method to analyze the world, experiences, and express thoughts, dreams, and feelings. Choosing a creative career came naturally.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being a multidisciplinary/multimedia artist excites me. I love working and testing ideas in every creative medium I can get my hands on. Figuring out ways to mix them into one larger project is very mentally stimulating. My work has always utilized computers/technology as well as traditional mediums. I have a passion for science, technology, art, film, music, and learning. I’m always exploring new techniques and styles, broadening my creative skills and horizons. I have found that it is crucial to self-educate, always upgrading abilities and understanding. This is a lifelong endeavor that I have dedicated my mind to. For the past 15 years I have worked creating VFX for movies, television shows, theme park rides, and commercials. I also exhibit regularly as a Fine Artist (digital/traditional), in a number of local and international shows.
Currently my solo exhibition Hail to the Chief, at the Atelier 34zero Muzeum (Brussels, Belgium 09/12/2020 – 12/27/2020), is a commentary on the fun house nature of the American political process.
The show displays large portraits of the U.S. Presidents which have been distorted and deformed. They are warped as synthetic characters, larger than life, posing in the public eye as the pinnacle of power and promise. The exhibition was just previously on display at the BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice, Poland. The BWA, in collaboration with Atelier 34zero, published a book of the complete series.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My rooftop lounge (quite an exquisite view of DTLA) The Huntington Library (Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens), The Getty Museum and Villa, LACMA, The Arts District, Bluff Cove, Elysian Park, Canyonback Trail, The Last Bookstore, Terroni DTLA, Perch, Mignon, Le Petit Paris, The Standard, MOCA
The Ace Hotel, Library Bar, Hotel Erwin Rooftop, Mezcalero DTLA, Church & State, ROW DTLA, Smorgasburg, Angel City Brewery, Cliffton’s, Sugarfish, Little Sister, Clayton’s Public House, NoMad, LALAs Argentinian, Grand Central Market The list really goes on…
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art), Wodek and the entire Atelier34zero museum team, Marta Lisok, Eleonora Nucci, Everyone at the BWA Contemporary Art Gallery. My friends and colleagues at Ghost VFX, Picture Shop Post, Pixomondo, and With a Twist Studio.
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