"Of Chinese-American descent, Michael C. Hsiung is known for his black-and-white ink drawings depicting oddly realistic tales from a time long past. His art features imaginary characters and fantastical creatures, such as centaurs and mermen, who inhabit a landscape of ruined castles, dead animals, and withered trees. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he continues to draw, show his work, sell prints, collect old books, and manage his website."
why did you decide to use gocco?
"I decided to use Gocco because it was easy to use and something I could do from home."
what do you love about gocco?
"Everything about it. I love how the bulbs snap, how the prints come out, and how everything is so little. "
how do you feel about the death of gocco? Do you see any parallel to Polaroid film?
"I was so depressed when I found out they were going to discontinue Gocco. I lived by one of the few art stores, called Blue Rooster, that still sold supplies. I quickly hoarded a few and pretended that Gocco would never end. It was definitely like the loss of Polaroid. When that happened, I was so sadden. I thought someone was out to kill everything that I loved. I still have a display of all my cameras and refuse to let them go."
are you finding hacks or just using other print methods?
"I've recently discovered EZSCREEN which is a company that sells pre-emulsion made screens online. You simply use the sun to burn the image and then you screen and stencil. I just got mine in the mail today and am going to give it a try, although I feel guilty. My Gocco is sitting here by me as I type this."
are you squirreling away your dwindling gocco supplies?
"I am. I have a stock of bulbs and screens that i keep in my wine cabinet. I'm almost afraid to use them."
have you seen an increase in demand for gocco prints now that they've discontinued the product?
"I haven't seen a huge demand now that the gocco is getting discontinued. I'm not sure if many people are aware of it. "