Nemo Gould

Nemo Gould

Nemo Gould was born to artist parents in 1975, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Named after the protagonist in Windsor McKay’s comic strip “Little Nemo in Slumberland,” Nemo’s work has fittingly evolved to reflect the images and mythology of comic books and Science Fiction. Parallel to these influences was an irrepressible tendency towards collecting and dismantling anything with moving parts.

“Most adults are dangerously lacking in wonder. As we age and learn more of the answers to life’s mysteries, I think we lose part of what keeps us alive. When I am working, I am always trying to make things that can produce a child like response from a jaded adult—it’s a matter of life and death!”

Nemo earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998, and his Master of Fine Arts degree at U.C. Berkeley in 2000. Once he was free of the constraints of contemporary art education he quickly threw himself into the pursuit of his childhood dreams. “My work appeals to the 7-year-old boy mind, because I still have one… I take silly very seriously.”

In the ensuing years he has produced a prolific body of work that attempts to reconcile the innocent wonder of youth with the dull complexity of the adult experience.

Nemo’s work has been featured frequently in national media and is shown in Galleries and Museums throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Nemo’s interview at Open MAKE: Trash