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Artists of La Crosse: Brian Goltz

Artists of La Crosse, WI: This is a series dedicated to local artists of the La Crosse area.

The purpose of this project is to bring awareness to the art community, what artists stand for, their purpose, their mediums, about the artist them-self and most importantly to connect everyone to one another. For my project, I will be creating a piece dedicated to the artist and their art. It is a piece that integrates the two together; The process of this involves me taking a portrait of the artist and then creating a double exposure of the artist with their art

In conclusion ~ Make art of the artist and their art

It's like art to the third power or art inception!

This is a fun and interactive way for other artists to meet one another or learn about eachother. I will be sharing a new artist weekly so please make sure to check back in to see the new featured artist.

as always~ Enjoy!


This Week's Featuring Artist

Artist name: Brian Goltz (Taco Destiny)

Medium(s): painting, writing, drawing, music

Instagram: @tacodestiny


When did you notice that you had a love for art?

I started trying to recreate images from books in my childhood, which led me to tracing Lion King characters for my friends. I remember getting in trouble for hustling those tracings for quarters and candy.

Are you originally from La Crosse? If not, where are you from and how long have you lived here?

My family is from Minnesota, but I grew up here in La Crosse.

Growing up what were your major influences as an artist? Other artists, Life events?

Music was, and still is a huge influence for me. I always have some sort of music playing. Scott Cheek is also a pretty big influence or inspiration. I had stopped making art for a long time due to some bad experiences and Cheeks got me started again in the summer of 2019. I can’t say our styles are similar, but we bounce ideas off each other frequently, and having someone like that in any person’s life is influential... I think.

What message do you want to share about your art?

I don’t think art should be confined to a definition. There is no wrong way to make it (or so I’ve been told). If you want to paint a caterpillar with three big boobs for eyes, you can and should do that.

What do you stand for as an artist?

Weird shit.

What is your process or headspace you get into while creating new pieces?

I’m a pretty anxious person, so once I find a fitting musical background I’ll try to get a base or a sketch or a theme for whatever piece I’m working on. Once I have that established, I’m usually working sporadically between smoke breaks to calm myself down. Sometimes I get worked up enough that it will affect my sleep, and I either have to keep working or set it outside my room so I’m not so focused on it.

What does the piece you chose for this project mean to you? Why did you choose this one vs other pieces you have created? ​

I chose this piece because it’s the first thing I made with Scott Cheek this past summer. It’s the weird shit I stand for, and it makes me smile.


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