If you happen to find yourself in Portland, OR this Thursday the 5th of July, you should definitely check out the show XENOMORPHS at Floating World Comics. The indomitable Sloane Leong has put together what’s shaping up to be a pretty nice little gallery show focusing on my most recent love affair, science fiction.
For my piece, “Unit 27, Do You Copy?” I knew I had to focus on my favorite part of the genre, the hardware. Its strange how, no matter how diverse the science fiction story, the technological interfaces that the characters interact with never really change. Sure, Prometheus may have included a couple Ipads in the medical ward or a 3-D model hologram of that elaborate spiral cave system but in its own way, the look of science fiction hasn’t changed much since the Jetsons. Its hard to deny the strangeness that when we speculate about the lives of our future ancestors, it seems that we have pretty thoroughly made up our minds as to what that’ll look like.
Also, HELLOOO to all my new followers! I am still pretty gobsmacked by the insane amount of love I’ve gotten for that goofy little comic I posted last week and I just want to say THANKS.
If you aren’t too busy this Saturday night, you should stop by Gallery 27 (1833 S. Halsted from 6 till 10) down in Pilsen for their inaugural show. I’ll be there! Probably tipsy and wearing a tie!
The show is called Futura and its focusing on the work of that king of quirk, Wes Anderson. I had already done a Wes Anderson piece a few years back and I felt strange about repeating myself so I went for a whole separate approach. Instead of settling on a more obvious painting of Steve Zissou, I went for the Wes Anderson camera shot, that over the shoulder look at some found object that we would otherwise gloss over. It something that I try and stress in my own comics work, probably because of Wes Anderson, that feeling of holding a special object (see In The Parlor Room). So I rigged up this cardboard sculpture, manufactured little slides made of cut up gouache paintings (depicting a scene from each of his movies) that you actually interact with as you look through the length of the sculpture, looking over the shoulder at each of the little scenes.