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Nearby is a shelf full of “books I never look at,” says Gruzis before pulling down a volume about the work of the iconic ’80s/Duran Duran illustrator Patrick Nagel. “When I was 14, I was looking at Nagel seriously,” he says. “I thought this was a serious artist, a fine artist. I had this book, and I was like, look at the line quality. Only later did I realize it’s a different subset of the art world. Following from that was my interest in Memphis: pastel colors, tile grids, a shallow sense of depth, drop shadows, geometric abstraction mixed with stylized figuration… All good stuff.”