I'd be lying if I said I hadn't written Greg's eulogy in my head a couple times.
It's morbid, I know, but I also know it's on me: I'm his best friend who's a writer.
So, Greg Colleton being named one of Charleston's 50 Most Progressive has given me a better opportunity to encapsulate his greatness, but with less weight and a chance for him to actually hear it.
He's an artist. He's Director of Operations at Redux Contemporary Art Center. He's one half of the pop-up Gris Galerie.
But Greg's accolades listed on paper don’t do real-life-Greg any justice. "You have to realize that artists are humans, not machines. I know the passion, the time, the commitment, the vulnerability it takes to put yourself out there before everyone's judging eyes,” he explains. “However, I know the crazy, free-spirited, procrastinating, quasi self-righteous monster that I am. It's a balancing act."
Greg is dedicated to Charleston's art scene. He brings a special quality to working with every artist that passes and installs through Redux's door.
"Only being involved for a year, I have witnessed some of the most progressive and innovative forms of art displayed/produced in Charleston. It's seriously ideal and motivates me to continue to pursue that mission.”
Continuing, “I want to continue to seek out those artists to utilize Redux as a vessel to express themselves. I want to push for more artists who aren't afraid to use art as a voice for social change, injustices, and create a dialogue in still somewhat of a divided city."
From grade school on, Greg has been in arts school, and he hopes to soon get back to utilizing his own talent along with helping to display others'. Queued up is a self-portrait made out of his favorite object: balled-up paper towels.
His high school superlative was “friendliest,” and he's the guy with 18 missed calls and texts because everyone wants him to be where they are. Odds are, after meeting Greg, you'll want to be his best friend too, but I'm sorry. That seat's taken.