Gronk: Pluck the Lowbrow

“I pull things from many sources in my work, creating a kind of visual collage,” Gronk says. “I’m always mixing different time periods, different references, different media. There could be a line from a film, such “Awake, Martha, awake.” To me, that’s beautiful. That came from a scene in ‘Attack of the Crab Monsters’ [a Roger Corman sci-fi movie from 1957], which I pulled from YouTube.”

“It just shows how easily accessible everything is now,” he says, “and how you can use such a range of things to communicate your ideas.”

In 2010, What Books Press published Gronk’s “A Giant Claw,” a collection of images inspired by “The Claw,” another low-budget sci-fi classic from the same year.