From a recent Twitter post, I became acquainted with Crummy Gummy, a street artist from Florida who specializes in photographing “life through a gummy bear’s eyes.”
His work causes laughter. I had to find out more.
As luck would have it, Crummy Gummy (the artist goes by that name) graciously agreed to an interview. His behind-the-scenes commentary is just as clever and funny as his artwork. Read on …
Candy.com: How in the world did you start photographing gummy bears?
Crummy Gummy: I had a creative block a few years back and became frustrated with what I was producing, so one day I just forced myself to become creative. I told myself that I would visit a convenience store, find some random items, and try to create something artistic out of it. Gummy bears were one of those items, and I photographed them in four different scenarios that day. I posted them online and within a few days they got almost 1,000 likes. That was the start of all this madness. Good thing I didn’t buy a plunger that day.
Candy.com: What’s the hardest gummy bear color to photograph? I’m guessing it’s the clear pineapple.
Crummy Gummy: You would be right. The ‘features’ do not show up so well on camera so I try to avoid that one. Plus, the lack of color bores me. That doesn’t mean I won’t eat a couple, though.
Candy.com: What’s your main source of inspiration?
Crummy Gummy: I think, as an artist, you should be open to all sorts of things and situations for inspiration. My photographs are very much based off human interactions, such as drama and suspense, to name a few. However, humor is one of my biggest sources of inspiration. Who doesn’t love to laugh?
Candy.com: What’s been your most fun shoot to date?
Crummy Gummy: Well, they [gummy bears] can all be divas at times, but The Prankster Part 1 and 2 would be my favorite, mostly because of the story behind them. On Part 2, the idea was to have the gummy bear hold a lit matchstick about to set off an M-98 that another bear was resting on. I took this photograph at my parents house, and when I went to light the match I accidentally lit the M-98. In a panic, I tossed it away from me, and it flew right behind the sofa where my mom was taking a nap. Let’s just say I learned some new Spanish curse words and almost gave my mom a heart attack.
Candy.com: Do you think you’ll ever photograph any other types of candies?
Crummy Gummy: I have used peeps and jellybeans in some past photos, but you can expect some gummy worms appearing in some photos at my Candyality show in Chicago. (See show info below.)
Candy.com: Where can the average Joe see your work?
Crummy Gummy: You can visit my website at CrummyGummy.com, but to be up to date with anything I’m doing, check out my Facebook page. I am also on Instagram @CrummyGummy. I’m a bit of a social media nut.
Candy.com: Gotta ask … What’s your favorite gummy bear color and/or flavor?
Crummy Gummy: Hands down, the green ones. Green’s my favorite color, and they are sooooo yummy. They also seem to be the ones always getting hurt in my photographs. I guess they are like “The Middle Child” in a family to me.
Crummy Gummy is coming to Chicago with a show titled, “Fashion Imposters.” The show is running from August 24 to September 6 at the Candyality candy shop, Water Tower Place, 875 N. Michigan Ave.
Crummy Gummy’s show hits during Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Fashion Festival, so expect new gummy bear photographs with a fashion/ celebrity twist.
The artist will be at his Fashion Imposters Candyality show on Sat., August 25 at 2 p.m. with free giveaways, signings, new artwork/prints for sale, and, of course, candy.