Ethan Gould

Writer, Illustrator

Ethan Gould is a graduate of the University of Rochester and a member of the Visual Narrative class of 2018. He started off as a student of neuroscience but after an uncanny reaction to a work of fiction (screaming with abandon during a screening of “Communion”), he focused on speculative fiction, the gothic impulse, and the origins of narrative. Immediately upon graduation, he became a puppeteer. For the past ten years Ethan has worked as visual and performative artist, organizer and curator. His work centers on the weird, poorly policed border between the actual and fantasy, fiction and fact, the past and the future, and the virtual and the real. He has presented with TEDx, at academic conferences, and at The Observatory where he co-curated events and exhibitions on the intersections between art and science. He is part of the Hollow Earth Society, an arts group dedicated to exploring the depths of the unseen world with writing, performance, illustration, and lots of commas. He lives in Brooklyn.


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    A Dubious Friend

    photography, digital ink, fortune cookie text

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    Soldiering On

    pencil, digital ink and texture

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    Excerpt from “Beach Story”

    An excerpt from a theatrical piece about the creation of Coney Island by demon who was fired from Hell.   Digital composite, rear projected behind performance.

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    You’re the Barker for Everything

    Excerpt from sequential narrative about an overworked spook in the employ of a ruthless carnival businessman. Marker, pen, digital coloration and composite