One of the highlights for me during the last couple months was hearing Michael Anderson shut down a pessimistic discussion about “no new types of painting.” His booming voice broke the ennui in the room with: “The future is really enormous and there must be at least 9 million new kinds of painting to be made.” Michael is optimistic, and his art is too. He was cool enough to let us into his studio, the Harlem Collage Shop, to check out what he is up to. Using street posters and billboards gathered in NYC and other major cities around the world, Anderson makes super-sized collages, commonly 8 x 8 feet and up. He collects the posters at night, which seems like a dangerous thing to do, but he’s a big guy and didn’t seem to give a shit, just citing his birthplace as the Bronx.
Spencer Ockwell is a man of many talents. Aside from his extensive art, illustration, design and animation expertise, what really made us want to give Spencer the job (of working for free, as an intern) here at Beautiful/Decay was his experience doing voice over work. (Anyone who has been around me at the office, towards the end of a long work day, knows I randomly like to “channel” a southern belle’s twang for sass, and also a tiny, one thousand year old all-seeing Chinese fortune teller for giving advice.) I will miss not only Spencer’s tolerance of my annoying, and incurable “habit,” but his acceptance, no, celebration of it! To give an example of his purported talent, word on the streets is, when we went down to Las Vegas for the Slate Tradeshow, Spencer did a mean, award-winning impersonation of Snoop Dogg. This performance, that fused many talents, (mostly within the realm of karaoke) is rumored to have won acclaim, a brief YouTube appearance, and the hearts and souls of the dancers of that fine, Vegas establishment. Of course this is all speculation.
All tangents aside, the truth is that Spencer has busted ass for us here at Beautiful/Decay, going above and beyond the call of duty, staying almost double our minimum requirement! (Why, I can’t fathom- I kid! ‘Cause we rock!) Spencer has contributed some extremely comedic blog posts, design work, help with our apparel line, and more!
Being the young exuberant self-starter and entrepreneurial go-getter that he is, Spencer has also recently founded Hammered, an art/design inspired clothing company. Spencer was recently chased through our office by his logo today, and I snapped a quick picture of it, above. View his prodigious output below. Thanks, Spencer for all your help!
Brett Wilkinson’s experiments in minimalism and geometry have led him to create Onesidezero, a collection of his latest works in illustration. Whimsical and playful, his style reflects the cheerful shapes and colors of childhood toys and coloring books. Not only does he specialize in prints, but his works are also featured on mugs, laptop skins, and wall vinyls. Wilkinson has also designed for Panasonic and the Big Chill Festival 2009, and created the cover for Digital Arts Magazine.
Fionn McCabe’s tongue-in-cheek comic illustrations poke fun at the way art is received today. In “The Whole Thing” he seems to be criticizing the over-analyzing – and sometimes pretentious – art patrons, that can get in the way of artists’ real messages. (Though, ironically, this can only be gleaned by examining his work.) Though his more recent projects are more graphic in nature, his older works prove that he is also deft with more traditional mediums.
Andre Beato aka MEDIA.ONE is a graphic designer/illustrator from Lisbon, Portugal. His work is mostly illustrations, corporate identities and typefaces. He has done all sorts of graphic work from print to editorial, working with a wide array of clients including record labels, magazines and clothing companies.
Dear “Psychedelic” Artists: It takes more than neon paint and a strategically placed black light to blow one’s mind. Just ask Larry Carlson, visionary multi media artist! I would describe Carlson’s work as Magritte and Dali’s love child if such a child were conceived after the advent of Photoshop. Beautiful yet jarring, welcoming yet otherworldly, Carlson’s work is a true feast for the eye.
This week’s B/D Apparel artist interview features Yaiagift. Yaiagift contributed our “Bikes N’ Roses” shirt, which reinterprets the iconic Guns ‘n’ Roses album cover to give new meaning to today’s bike/fixed gear culture. His aesthetic mixes a broad range of influences, from underground comix, punk rock, skate culture and beyond. Yaiagift’s process apparently begins as a “really awful sketch” that “looks like if someone with no artistic skills made it.” Read on to find out how he transforms a work’s humble origins into a polished final product, and the one artist anyone who ever holds a pencil in their hand must check out! More images of Yaiagift’s personal work and design process after the jump.