Deep Diving Needles • 134 Main Street
Deep Diving Needles is a school of giant fishing lures, either chasing or being chased. I have been fascinated by the sense of potential that fishing offers. Looking at a collection of lures in a tacklebox, I often wonder, “What could I catch with that?” as I prepare for a fishing trip. The bright colors, dynamic shapes, sharg-barbed hooks and exciting names suggest the satisfaction of reeling in a giant fish from the inscrutable depths of dark waters. This has also been my primary inspiration for my work; I create gigantic fishing lure sculptures made from carved wood or welded steel, brightly painted and with welded steel hooks in the style of traditional lures.”
Raised in NYC, Geoff was inspired by the urban environment, constant development and the contrast of progress with the natural world. Finding his voice with steel, he started welding and creating sculptures of birds. His work focuses on the dichotomy of the industrial connotations of steel with the innocence of the subject matter. Graffiti has always been a backdrop for Geoff; living in NYC, inspired by Keith Haring and working as an artist in the commercial landscape of post-industrial Greenpoint, Brooklyn. His work demonstrates the dialogue between ‘Taggers’ creating an ever-evolving layered image. He is interested in the unique way that grattifi often vandalizes other graffiti, thus creating a symbol that defines city life all over the world – crime, poverty, vandalism, social uncertainly and self-expression.