Sunday, March 18, 2012

Wild MOLTRES appeared!

Can't escape!

April 20th is the opening of Pokémon Battle Royale at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis! The show pairs 151 artists with one of the original 151 pokémon. The artists are putting their own twists on their pokémon, and each piece is going to be sold as an 8" x 8" print at the show. There are a lot of really incredible artists involved whose work I admire a lot, so I am very excited to be a part of the show. Plus, I was OBSESSED with Pokémon as a kid.
Anyway, here's my piece. I was paired up with Moltres!

"Wild MOLTRES appeared!"
Ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper
10" x 10"

Here's my sketch:

Uhh, I think I got kind of got carried away with the colors. In my head it was much more duochromatic, but I ended up using all the colors of the rainbow. I'm used to a relatively more restrained color palette, so it looks kind of crazy to me. Oh well, I hope you enjoy it anyway! It was a lot of fun to work on.

Ohhh, also, I hid three pokémon in the illustration. They're pretty easy to find, though. Can you spot them?

PS: Light Grey Art Lab has set up a kickstarter so you can help support the gallery and their creative community. Please consider helping out if you wanna see more shows like this one!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Is This Thing On?

"Is This Thing On? 2: The Weird Year" opens at Gallery 1988 Melrose on Friday, March 9th (7pm-10pm) and is hosted by Weird Al! The show once again has artists depicting their favorite comedians. This year I pay tribute to the brilliant Louis CK:

Mixed media sculpture
8" tall

I wanted to make something that reflected the more surreal qualities of the show "Louie" and the unlucky/unfortunate things that happen to or around Louis CK's TV persona. So I thought, what's more unfortunate than dropping your ice cream cone on the ground? Nothing, that's what (well, except maybe getting decapitated by a garbage truck). Also, I like melty things.

Here are a few process photos I took with my phone (I realize I've been really terrible at documenting the process of my sculptures, so next time I'll try to remember to document all the little steps in between):

And here are some more pictures of the finished piece at different angles (hey, from behind it looks like a regular ice cream cone!):

If you're in LA, stop by and check out the opening on Friday! It's sure to be a fun time.
Oh, and I didn't know there was any existing ice-cream-and-Louis-CK-related things until after I started my piece, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he made a short film in the mid-90s called "Ice Cream," as well as the following more recent video, which is endlessly hilarious to me: