Weird… last night I had a dream that Mark Kostabi was showing his work here in Utah. It wasn’t being shown at anyplace familiar, but my sense was that it was at the BYU museum, although the building looked nothing like the BYU museum. There was also a couple of other artists whose work was on display in my dream although I don’t remember who, and I also remember the Batmobile was there too.
I don’t know if you remember Mark Kostabi, but he was pretty well known in the 80s. I kind of liked his work to be honest, but his process was not something that I appreciated. Kostabi was known for his factory, where he employed a number of different artists to come up with “his” ideas, which they were also paid to produce in the Kostabi style. I understand that the process itself is some sort of statement on mass production, and how the products we use are very impersonal, but its still not something that resonates with me. As a matter of fact, I don’t like it, because for me at least actually coming up with the idea and executing it is the best part of the creative process. But I guess that is just me.
Like I say, I do kind of like the style itself though, and some of the pieces. The colors, the toilet plungers, witch-hats, his portrayal of corporate and consumer culture, the figures themselves. They are kinda nice.
I remember being in San Francisco in 1988 or 89 and his work seemed to be everywhere. One piece stands out for me from that trip. It was a painting of a guy trapped in a cage trying to escape, with the cage being the head and face of another person. It was nice. But the truth is, I haven’t though of him much since then. Well, maybe I’ve thought of him a little bit because I did buy a book about him on that trip, which I’ve looked through here and there since then. It’s called Sadness Because the Rental Video Store Was Closed.
It was probably sometime around 2001 or so that I first came across the website conceptart.org and it’s forums. At that time I was getting serious about learning how to translate my artwork into the digital format, and many of the people over on that site had it down. Working digitally in Photoshop and Painter, creating amazing pieces. One of the website’s founders, Andrew “Android” Jones, became somebody whose work I sought out and followed. And it was easy to do, because his output was always amazing.
What first caught my eye was Jones’ self portraits, because for years he was uploading a new one every day, and every single one was fantastic. That is just… intimidating!
Jones’ artwork has been used to promote everything from video games, software packages like Painter, events, magazines, albums, and a whole lot more. You can also hang it on your walls. Jones is also known for his live painting events, creating digital work as a performance, in front of an audience. No doubt about it, he has got his technique and methods down.
I recently logged onto Facebook and noticed he has opened a new shop, making his prints and work easy to find and obtain. Just in time for the holidays! Check it out:
In 1917 Picasso did some set and costume design for the Jean Cocteau’s ballet Parade. Picasso created the curtain above, along with the cardboard cubist costumes below. Picasso hasn’t been on the ArtDuh homepage for a while, and I was thinking about his costume design today for some reason, so it seemed like a good time to post these images. Enjoy!
I enjoy looking at Pat Perry’s artwork. I especially like how he superimposes nature and architecture over people in his super detailed drawings.
Recently I was on his website and noticed a journal that he made while working on a residency in Alaska at the Katmai National Park. Its a great snapshot of his time up there. I also enjoyed looking through his Process links as well, and all of his artwork really.