Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Call Winston!

Ghostbuster Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) for the 3G Show at Gallery 1988 in LA (7020 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles CA 90038).
(click for larger view)
There was never any doubt at any time, I was always going to pay tribute to the great Ernie Hudson. I have been a huge fan of his since his portrayal of the under appreciated Winston, not to mention his heroism in "Hand That Rocks The Cradle", and especially his role of Warden Leo Glynn in OZ. But Winston Zeddemore is a special guy to me. When applying for the job that everyone thinks is such a coveted thing, they ask him if he believes in a long list of paranormal oddities and supernatural wonders. Winston simply replies, "If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say"

I can relate to him on a lot of levels there... so this one's for Winston, and more so, for Ernie

say, did you notice any strange slime on the painting above? that's because it's glow-in-the-dark paint. hard to take a photo, but i detailed the ghost as well as all the ghostbustin' equipment

Z for Zeddemore
(special thanks to Joe Game and the rest of the Autumn Society for letting me be a part of such a great show with such talented individuals, and to Gallery 1988 for allowing us to show)

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UPDATE:
well it's only been on line for a day and the bloggosphere is exploding! it seems some folks are really excited about the show too and it couldn't make me happier! here are some amazing links to checkout:

slashfilm (gave me a nice quote too!)
blast-o-rama (said: "What’s my personal favorite of the show? That “Mogwai” LP is amazing, hands down."

some great blogs:

Rampaged Reality (called it an "Ectoplasmic Masterpiece" !)
Hello Zombie (says it's "kick @$$" !)
The Kessel Run (included a hilarious Zeddemore quote)
Zuppa di Vetro (is in Italy!)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

good enough for goonies


for the 3G show at Gallery 1988 in LA !

this was my piece for the Goonies. not a film i cared about in youth, but watching it on the Balcony at the Trocadero in my 20s, when Mouth delivers this - one of the best movie speeches -i wanted to stand up and cheer



Tuesday, August 10, 2010

the Gift of the Mogwai

howdy!
this spetember i will be a part of the incredible 3G show at Gallery 1988 in California! it's a great space that houses big names in the art world specializing often in retro homages. it's a great opportunity for me and bg deal to be asked to participate. i've been so excited about being a part of this incredible show, but, long story short, it has come during a time of great artistic (and professional?) turmoil as i muddle through the cliches of "what am i doing" and "should i just throw in the towel" etc etc booh-hoo. point being, my pieces for the 3G show aren't typical for me, at great risk (comes great failure), but i used each film as a jumping point to try something drastically different (from each contribution as well), and despite my hesitance to submit them, at best, they really have pulled me out of a hole and helped me get my groove back, and for that i am eternally grateful.

when i think of Gremlins, my first thought is of Mogwai, the name of inarguably the most influential modern instrumental post rock band from Scotland. since my first love, pipe dream, and bulk of current freelance work is elaborately packaged vinyl records, i thought, "wouldn't it be awesome to make a fake record for Mogwai?"

i actually went on ebay hoping to score a 7" from the Glasgow mega-snakes, and in turn actually found TWO story book records from childhood of the film in question! even better! my goal was to pay tribute to the incredible and adorable keyboard scene, as well as pay homage to the gestural illustrated blue-note jazz LPs of the 50s and 60s, using only colors found on a Gremlin

here is the "final" inside its plastic sleeve:
the back:
and the inside, which contains a bonus abstract Gremlin made of felt to safely house the precious vinyl tales of the Gremlins, as well as add some tactile feedback to the whole experience:
the labels, as they are, with far better illustrations than i could do:
the entire package will be spread out and in display in a frame specifically made to eventually house a 12" LP. the idea being that if someone purchases it, they can, and should, remove it, play it, and house it in their own record collection, AND have a frame they can use for other vinyl treasures. that the art comes from removing it all, constructing it, enjoying it, experiencing it, and doing more than just tacking it on the wall

Thursday, August 5, 2010

the Riot Before LP !

an amazing day for mail (thanks Vinnie, and thanks Dave at No Idea)! The Riot Before LP came out absolutely smashing. sometimes you wait for months nervously, wondering if everything is going to come out manufactured ok. late nights staring at a ceiling thinking "will the double window die-line line up to reveal correctly?" or "will the CMYK vinly labels on the lighter paper be too desaturated"? i'm going to be a wreck if i ever have kids. but it came out marvelous. Paper+Plastick continues to reach for the stars and then some, and Walt and the fine folks at iloveimprint.com know how to get it done beautifully.

wouldja believe they sold out already? not even out three months! they're getting repressed though, so worry not, you'll be able to get them in all their color variations soon. be sure to check out The Riot Before in a town near you!

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look! a movie of it opening! thanks Whetzel!

video

and if'n you missed it, i had a lengthy post with more of the artwork to look at HERE

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UPDATE:
how nice is this!?!? Brett and The Riot Before have been giving all sorts of interviews since there's been amazing reviews and well deserved acclaim since the record dropped on April 27th. they were incredibly kind enough to even mention me in their interviews in Punknews as well as Beyond Race !

here are some excerpts:

So this is your first record for Paper and Plastick, did you guys go all out on the vinyl? Can we expect some surprises?

"...The artwork itself is amazing-because someone else did it. Specifically, Peter Wonsowski. He was incredible to work with and was like Gandhi…patient with me when I'd give him really really vague direction and then change my mind. The artwork rules. Get the record, if anything, to look at it."

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How do those themes fit into the rebellion cover art Peter Wonsowski created?

"I wanted the punk rock per se to be the cover art. I was reading through Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov. There was this chapter called “The Grand Inquisitor” I was rereading last March and the chapter before that is called “Rebellion.” ...And when I did I stumbled across this quote that said, ‘One can hardly live in rebellion and I want to live.’ And that just struck me super hard because I’m 27. I feel like there is a certain part of your life where rebellion is really necessary, you have to throw away everything you once knew and you’re rechecking stuff. It’s a really an important part of growing up. But at a certain point you just can’t keep rejecting stuff and you have to figure out what you’re for and I think I am definitely at that point."

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How awesome! first time my name has been part of a Question! very exciting, thanks everyone