Friday Fives: Eric Mast

October 04, 2019

Every Friday we give #highfives to a different designer from our extended family of PNCA students, faculty, alumni, and guest lecturers. 🙌🏾🙌🏻🙌🏽 We ask them five questions. They send us five images.

Eric Mast is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and electronic musician who has been living and working in Portland, Oregon for the past two decades. He studied painting, printmaking, and design at Skidmore College, but considers producing culture to be part of a larger living practice. In his work, this practice has manifested itself via music production, running record labels, DJing, video work, graphic design, DIY publishing, clothing lines, organizing events, painting, and printmaking.

Eric is visiting for our Design Lecture Series on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Q: What or who inspires you?

A: Music has always been a constant thread throughout my work. Making posters, album covers, videos, is the reason I really got involved with design. Even though I was interested in design, it was more of a means to an end for me personally.

Q: What do you do to get “unstuck?”

A: Do something else. Take a few years off.

Making posters, album covers, videos, is the reason I really got involved with design.

Eric Mast

Q: What music (or podcasts) are you listening to, or what are you reading right now?

A: Douglas Rushkoff’s Team Human is a good book and even better podcast that I’ve been into. I feel like he’s good at looking at bigger modern issues from a very wide perspective but also capable of zooming in to a singular human place.

Q: What is one thing you want to learn right now?

A: I’m trying to learn more about electricity.

Q: What advice would you give your former self?

A: Get into real estate.

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See more of more of Eric's work at and on instagram @ericwmast. Better yet, come see his talk at PNCA on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 7pm.

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