When Gregory Euclide’s students returned from lunch break, the dry erase boards in their classroom weren’t covered with complex math equations or essay prompts about what motivates Hamlet. Instead, students were met with stunning black-and-white masterpieces, painted by Mr. Euclide over the span of a twenty-five minute break, using little more than Sumi ink, paper towels, brushes, and a spray bottle.
However, when it came time to erase the boards to restart class, the students despaired at the loss of such beauty. As such, Euclide recreated his whiteboard paintings on 16 x 20 Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper, now available printed, signed, and mounted as a complete collection called Laid Down & Wiped Away. The Minnesota teacher, who holds both BFA and MFA degrees, did the front and back album cover art for the rock band Bon Iver and has been actively displaying his work in galleries since 2005. Via The Daily Mail and Gregory Euclide.
[quote] My students were shocked when I would erase the original, because they saw it firsthand, and they were disturbed that it was destroyed … People who do not see the original have no problem only looking at it on a screen or as a print, but once you see the original it is hard to let it go or believe that it could be destroyed.” [/quote]