Thursday, February 26, 2009

Exclusive Hunt & Gather interview with Scott C.


So you may know him as Scott Campbell or maybe you call him Scott C. as its easier to find him on a google search. The talented illustration was born in San Jose, California and studied at the San Francisco Academy of Art college and he has been drawing since... well.. forever as he says its always been one of his things . No longer a CA resident he has crossed the country and is living and working in lovely New York City as a full time illustrator and artist. There is so much more to say about Scott C. but I wont give it all away in the introduction, so read on and enjoy the interview!

So Scott C. your work seriously gets me laughing out loud and can cause stomach cramping if I see too much of it at any one time, exactly how did you get to be so clever and who/what is your
biggest inspiration
?

Oh, man, thanks for saying that. I have always been into making funny things. My brother and I used to make our own family circus comics when we were very young because they were easy. They were just kids doing dumb kids things, which we did anyway, so automatically funny by those standards. But Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes comics became bigger inspirations. My friends and I used to make home movies parodying our favorite things like Star Wars and Bruce Lee. I would watch Strange Brew, Blues Brothers, and Buckaroo Bonzai three times a day. I recorded all episodes of Saturday Night Live and had a collection for awhile. Also had a big Monty Python phase. So comedy and pop culture in general have been my biggest influences in life.


Who is your favorite comic book artists/writer?

It is always changing with the more stuff I am exposed to, and I get excited easily. Right now my favorite is the French artist/writer Joann Sfar who did the books Vampire Loves and Little Vampire. I have also been enjoying Nicholas Gurewitch a whole lot. And I still very much enjoy looking at Mike Mignola’s work.



How often do you read other comics?

As often as I can. But I don’t get a chance to as much as I like. After conventions I usually have a large stack of new books and I have a surge of comic reading energy for about a month and then it peters out and I move back to whatever book I am reading. Books take me forever to read.


When did you first start drawing and doodling?

Ever since I was small. My mom always encouraged me to draw. She used to paint and has always been very crafty. So she enrolled me in little art classes around town. I remembered taking a class at age 5 or 6 maybe? Around the corner from where we lived at some lady’s house. I don’t remember what we did at all, but I remember the place smelled awesome. Like oil paints. But I didn’t know what oil paints were. I know we didn’t use them though. And I always drew with my brother. We would copy from our coloring books and comics and create our own books. I used to cheat and trace a lot.


What was your childhood dream? – What did you want to be when you grew up?

My mom showed me this little packet from when I was in kindergarten, where I wrote “I want to draw Star Wars when I grow up”. She showed me this back when I got a job at Lucas drawing for Star Wars kids games. So I guess I nailed that dream. Besides that I wanted to draw x-men comics and make children’s books.


Would you consider yourself a kid today or have you crossed the line to Adulthood?

I suppose I would be more of a kiddish adult. I still get very excited about things in a kidlike manner, like cool trees and pretty light. But I don’t necessarily need to climb those trees. I have always wanted to capture that childlike excitement with my art to keep myself interested in creating. I want to wake up in the morning totally excited to get to my drawing. Rather than see it as a chore. So it better be of something that is fun looking and tells an enjoyable story.

Are your story lines and characters based off any thing in particular, like a good joke or a cartoon show, or are do you free style completely? I have noticed you use a lot of references to history, child story books and fables. Can you explain that a bit?

I am very much into natural flow to my stories. I want them to feel natural and the dialog to flow in a way that is identifiable to myself and other people. I think every day conversation is so funny sometimes. People talk about the craziest things, but even the mundane things are funny to me. I love to imagine knights and mummies talking like this. I have always loved to imagine what ordinary people in history talk about when they are just cruising around. Like if they were chilling on their horses waiting for their other knight bros to arrive.. what would they talk about? Maybe a lot of the same stuff we would talk about. But just they would be dirty and wear knight outfits. I like those in-between times. The times in-between major events. I almost enjoy those more than major events. But major events give those dudes purpose, so I dig those , too. I also like a world where all these people and monsters from different time zones and myths can gather together and eat pizza. I think that creates a vibe where anything is really possible. And when I see one of those dragons unsure if he should bring any beverages to the party, I think that I most likely have wondered that. probably recently.


When could you say you made a break through with your art and creating your unique style that so many have grown to love?

I used to show paintings in group shows in San Francisco for a number of years, never really sure what I was saying with my art. I really struggled with that. Everyone seemed to have something to say and absolutely had to create art or they would just die. I didn’t have that crazy weird passion. I wanted to get that excitement I had when I was a child to draw. It wasn’t until I saw a show consisting of paintings by Marcel Dzama that I got super inspired. I loved how simple his paintings were, yet how fun and enjoyable they were to look at. I liked the airy texture to the watercolors as well. So I tried watercolors out for a show in SF called APE$#!T and the I AM 8BIT show in LA. I think that was 2006. I did some little characters hanging out for one show and an oldie timey version of the classic arcade game Paperboy for the other. All sepia toned. This was the first time in awhile that I super enjoyed the process of making these things. Part of what made me interested in these were that they each had to tell a touch of a story. They couldn’t just be a character posing. That got me excited.


What has been your biggest accomplishment in life?

To make people laugh and be happy. I like seeing people laugh and be happy. And I like meeting other people who do this. And I like working with them on things that do this. Psychonauts was probably the first major thing that I was super proud of that seemed to make so many people laugh and be happy. I feel very fortunate to find myself amongst such people.


So you're a funny guy.. who gets you giggling ? Do you have a favorite comedian?

Jack Black is still the most brilliant dude. But Danny McBride has been getting me pretty psyched.


What would your dream art show- or exhibition o project be like?

I would like a show with full on audience participation and submersion. I would love to change a place into a full on world that people could cruise through and experience the characters and buildings as if they were real. And eat some food that the characters made for them. watch some shows they have put together or just walk through a room where they are all hanging out partying. Maybe animatronics dudes if they can perfect that technology. Wait. I guess that is Disneyland that I am describing.


Have you ever or are you currently working on any commercial jobs or do you tend to work free lance?

I have been working in video games for many years. I have been at Double Fine productions for about 8 years now. We made the game called Psyhonauts and an awesome new one called Brutal Legend. I have designed covers for albums, books and DVDs, such as the alternate cover for King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters. I just recently finished an ad campaign for this company called Show Off Films in Portugal. I’m also working on a children’s book. So I guess all over the board style.


What is a typical day in the life of Scott C.?

Scott C wakes up around 8am and avoids his computer. It is off limits in the mornings. He then walks through Tompkins Square Park, perhaps past the dog park, so he can check out the dogs going crazy. At one of the local cafes he will eat something and drink something and read his book, so he can get in some sort of zone. And then Scott C will draw for awhile. He will later return home and work on whatever he needs to do for Double Fine. Drawing something or painting something. By 7pm he is usually stir crazy and needs to leave the house. Maybe go meet up with people. Cause pleasant trouble.


If you were left alone in a white room for 24 hours, you can have one thing to entertain you.. what would it be?

A dance party. And that probably comes with a lot of stuff, so…


How long do you dedicate to drawing a day, and when do you feel is your most productive hour to work and where?

Probably about 9 solid hours. My most productive times are mornings until noon and 4-7pm. 4-7pm is a weird surge of energy time. I think because the day is ending and any stuff I get done is like a special gift to myself. So I usually crunch a lot of stuff into that awesome time. When it gets dark, my drawing energy leaves me and I must go somewhere else.


When are you going to go all out and PAINT HUGE or is that just not your style? I think a life size scene would be amazing!

Oh, man, that would be amazing. I would love to do that! I need to find a big wall first, I guess.


Do you have a favorite song o album to draw to? That really gets those creative engines working?

When I am trying to come up with ideas, I usually listen to no music or whatever is playing in the café. But when I am painting, I dig electronic repetitive dance music. Or the Ethiopiques. Or old rock steady and ska. Or Wes Anderson movie soundtracks.

So you have a solo show coming up really soon, can you let us in on that, Where, When, and what do you have in hold for us?

Yes! I do have a show coming up. It is at Gallery Nucleus in LA, March 7-23. The name of the show is HOME SLICE and the theme is basically cutaway houses. Houses like a rocket, and a cloud and a pyramid, cutaway so you can see the residents inside doing resident things like doing laundry, dancing and playing basketball. The residents are who you would expect to live in such houses, mummies in the pyramid, spacemen and aliens in the rocket, and so forth. As a kid I used to love to draw underground civilizations, that looked like ant farms or Dig Dug. I think most people drew things like this because they wanted to live down there and imagine exploring it. I am doing a whole bunch of pieces for the show, ranging from small one room houses to massive paintings of many room houses. Some of them are my biggest paintings ever, so I am slowly working my way up to Empire State building sized paintings. But super slowly.


What can we expect from you in the near future? Any new projects your working on?

A couple months after the Nucleus show I will be taking part in a three person show at Gallery 1988 in LA, titled " A Quite Storm" opening on May 26th.

·Brutal Legend( Brutal Legend is a heavy metal hot rod game about a roadie pulled back in time to the age of metal to fight demons and free the humans. The roadie is played by Jack Black along with a number of cameos like Rob Halford, Lemmy, and Ozzy.) is due out in the Fall. My Double Fine Action Comics book is due out any second. Besides that, just plugging away at this kids book for Simon and Shuster. It is about dragons. And knights. And emperors. Double Fine Action Comics is a web comic I try to update every day or every other day (besides weekends) on the double fine website. I started it back in 2006 I believe?.


My last question for you, just out of curiosity is,If you could have one meal at 2 am after a long night of drinking what would it be?

Probably pizza. Pizza and high fives.


Oh yes, thats all folks, but to find out more about Scott C. and see more of his work go straight to his webpage HERE. or make sure you go down to Nucleus Gallery On March 7th, 2009. Opening reception from 7pm to 10pm.

More Scott C. stuff:

http://scott-c.blogspot.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scott-c/

http://www.myspace.com/pyramidcar

His dailyish comic… http://www.doublefine.com/news.php/comics/sc/


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jedidiah & The Glue Network HOPE mural!





The industry’s brightest young artists from Jedidiah and The Glue Network teamed up to create a 8’ x 24’ mural during the 2009 MAGIC Tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV. This mural was painted live February 17-19 in the s.l.a.t.e. section at adjacent to Jedidiah Clothing.

The mural was fused of styles all centered on the fundamental idea of HOPE. At the end of the three days, this one-of-a-kind piece of art was sold for $15,000. Proceeds from the event will go to support Stand Up for Kids, a nationally acclaimed organization committed to the rescue of homeless and at-risk youth.

The artists that participated in the event are Blaine Fontana, Joshua Clay, Tommii Lim, Kelli Murray, Serge Gay, and J.shea9. Each artist’s style and talent were able to weave together a moving piece grounded in purpose and prompting people to give back to the world at large.

These themes of hope and giving back have been core components of the long-standing partnership with The Glue Network and Jedidiah Clothing. Along with a vast pool of talented artists, we have been able to come together to support numerous non-profit organizations through artistic and community involvement.
See more images here on the flicker page. Congrats guys and gals, the mural looks amazing! And I hope it went to a very happy owner!

Jaybo projections on Cathedrals!


Jaybo is going to hit Norway with his amazing art projections. After projecting on the Berlin Dome in fall 2008 another cathedral waits for Jaybo's elaborated "mickey mouse hand pieces". On February 25th the Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen) in Trondheim will be illuminated with his work.

Thats today, so make sure you stay informed to get the aftermath pictures!
Visit the site Paint my house here!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

HUSH solo show at Carmichael Gallery in L.A

Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is proud to present Hymn to Beauty, the first US solo exhibition of work by UK artist HUSH. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 5th, 2009 from 7.00pm - 10.00pm, with the artist in attendance. Work in the show will include Acrylic Paint, Screen Print, Spray Paint, Ink, and Tea on Canvas and Wood as well as a site specific installation.

The exhibition will be open for viewing through
Thursday, March 26th 2009 from 1.00pm -7.00pm.

Hush's
work has been described as a sensory assault of shape, color, and character. Inspired by the portrayal of the female form in art, the artist
builds up and tears down layers of paint and images as he works, "letting the canvas and marks take their own path." The result is an enigmatic synthesis of anime, pop-infused imagery, graffiti, and graphic design that exposes the conflict between power and decay, innocence and sexuality, and the fusion of Eastern and Western culture.

Visit Carmichael Gallery HERE!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mars 1 at Jonathan Levine Gallery NYC

Seriously Jonathan Levine is one busy guy and just has some amazing contacts and great taste in art. After the current show with James Jean you would think not much could beat that,,well its followed by yet another truly impressive solo show. This time with a new collection of works by artists MARS 1. The solo exhibiton opens on Feb. 21st in New York and will feature a whole range of new surrealist paintings by Mars.

Mars-1
Gallery I Solo Exhibit
Feb 21 thru Mar 21, 2009
Opening Reception - Saturday, February 21st 7pm- 9pm

Also opening is :
Nouar
You Look Good Enough to Eat!

Gallery II
Solo Exhibit
Feb 21 thru Mar 21, 2009
Opening Reception - Saturday, February 21st 7pm - 9pm

Visit the gallery HERE for more information and to see the whole collection of works once the exhibition opens!

DIE POST IST DA - THE RETURN

You might remember the group show called DIE POST IST DA that went down last year at Intoxicated Demons gallery in Berlin with artists Mike Hyp, Aro and Morten Andersen. Well it back and with special guest artists ANGRY WOEBOTS from Hawaii. The new Los Angeles resident will be exhibiting along side European artists Morten and Aro, and the freaksihly talented Mike Hyp from America at the second DIE POST IST DA show to be held at Intoxicated Demons Gallery!
Seriously the selection of works that will be exhibited at this space will be nothing short of AMAZING and mouth watering. Just check out these limited edition prints that MIKE HYP has in store.



DIE POST IST DA opens MARCH 13 at Intoxicated Demons Gallery in Berlin.
Stay tuned for more previews!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Luke Chueh's new print by 1988 Gallery

Sometimes you see something and you just think..man I would love to own that! Well thats what happened to me with this print by Luke Chueh tittled, "Disintegration". Its the largest print to come out from Luke Chueh ever! Its on
giclee print on archival paper and is approx. 25 x 33 inches.. Of course its hand signed and numbered edition of 100
All for the price of $225.00 - Trust me if i had that kind of dinero $ I would be purchasing this one.

Sales start On Thursday, February 19th, released through Gallery1988 Los Angeles.

Call or email to order your copy
(323) 937-7088 / gallery1988@aol.com

Eric Fortune's new print with A Paper Tiger


Eric Fortune's new print was released recently through the great online print shop, A Paper Tiger.com. The title is "A lifes Objective"
The print is a limited edition of 25 and is on archival textured fine art paper.
Size 12"x16" and is signed and numbered, priced at 100$.

Eric has recently been gaining a lot of attention in the art world for his amazing talent and great technique.
Since graduating Columbus College of Art and Design, Eric has been showcased in the Society of Illustrators New York and LA, Spectrum, The Blue Cube, and more. Check out his website for more work at

Visit http://www.ericfortune.com to see more of his work!

and dont forget to go by A PAPER TIGER to get your copy and see the selection of other great prints available.
www.apapertiger.com

The Black Rat Press annual print show: Feb. 21st London


The Black Rat Press will be holding their first exhibition of 2009 later this month. The annual print show dedicated to the art of printmaking opens on Saturday 21st February and will include new editions, one off trial proofs, our largest and most complex print to date, hand coloured prints, prints by artists new to the Black Rat Press and live printmaking demonstrations amongst other things we haven’t thought of yet. 2008 was a great year for publishing with prints published by Black Rat finding their way into both the Tate and V and A collections.
Artists involved in the show include Matt Small, D*face, Sweettoof, Brian Adam Douglas, Gaia, Lucas Price, Nick Walker, Blek Le Rat and Slinkachu. Last years show was one of our favourite events of the year and it’s a great opportunity to see printmaking in action as well as to ask the printers any questions you might have. Invitations to the show will be sent out via email in the next few weeks.

Visit Here for more information!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hunt & Gather is moving to London

Yes its true..I have packed up my bags and have left the lovely sunny country of Spain to come to London. As you can imagine moving countries is quite a big job, giving me very little time to update Hunt & Gather. Please excuse my time off and I can assure you I will have more for you starting Next week!

Thanks for your patience.
-Tina Ziegler

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Its almost that time ..


There is no better way to show you care than a great little hand crafted gift by the lovely Liz McGrath. Get that special someone a hand made, hand painted butcher knife, specially dedicated with their name painted on a severed heart. This 4" mini Butcher Knife is hand painted, rusted, signed, and glitter dusted. Comes in a hand sketched gift box.
The knife can be personalized up to 6 letters. And only costs 25$...Anyone want to be my valentine this year??? I would love one of these to show up in my mail box.

Only available till the end of February, so hurry!!

Also Liz has just launched her new webpage.. go now and see just how cool it is. HERE!

Specter "Hand Gun " Print release!!- Friday


Handgun, Specter, Giclée on Archival Heavyweight (300gsm) Cotton Rag Paper, 17 x 22 inches, Signed and Numbered Edition of 50, 2009, $75 USD + Shipping.

Yes finally something you can take home from the great innovative street artist Specter!!
This has got me excited!! I interviewed Specter awhile back, read up on him and his creativity HERE!!

"Don't get caught without your handgun son" - Specter
Exclusively Available at NOWhereLimited.com Friday, February 6, 2009, 3pm EST; 20:00:00 UTC (GMT)

NOWhere Limited is pleased to announce the exclusive release of Handgun, a limited edition print by Specter, available for purchase Friday, February 6, 2009. An accomplished artist both "on the street" and in gallery settings, Specter now debuts his first limited edition with this striking archival Giclée. Handgun is printed on bright white heavyweight paper measuring 17 x 22 inches. Each piece in the edition of 50 has been signed and numbered by the artist.

Handgun features imagery from the artist's recent paste-up series of painted posters depicting hand gestures and the phrases associated with them.

The road to Obama's Victory, a Jet Set Graffiti documentation on the street art campaign for Barack Obama



JetSet Graffiti Productions is proud to announce the debut of our first feature length documentary at this years San Francisco Independent Film Festival!

When infamous street artist Ron Englishs image of Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama merged together gains national attention for being illegally pasted all over Boston, he decides to gather a crew of artists and musicians and take off across America, plastering the image wherever they can find an open wall. In the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson and the Merry Pranksters, Ron English and crew take you on an unforgettable trip through Americas underground. Along the way they meet up with counter culture heroes such as Shepard Fairey, Morgan Spurlock, and David Choe, and spread their subversive propaganda to Americas heartland on a grassroots campaign to get Barack Obama elected. Abraham Obama is a raw unfiltered look at the power of street art and offers a rare
glimpse inside the insane lives of some the most prolific artists in America today.

Directed by Kevin Chapados, and Produced by Daniel Lahoda and Ron English.

The documentary is showing at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco on Sunday, February 15th at 12:30pm, with a second showing on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:30pm.

To get tickets to the world premiere, click here: http://www.roxie.com/

For more information on the debut at the SF Indiefest, go here: http://www.sfindie.com/

Video from Yoskay Yamamoto's Koibito release at Munky King

For all of us that could not make it to the release at Munky King on Melrose Ave. In Los Angeles here is a short video that Yoskay Yamamoto just sent on over. Have a look.
Los Angeles based artist Yoskay Yamamoto and Munky King introduced a series of designer vinyl toys with "Koibito". These limited edition collector's items were received by hundreds of anticipating fans at the release party on 12.11.08 More colorways for Koibito to be released in the future. Video created by Suilma Rodriguez, and featuring music by Moby.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

JIM MAHFOOD aka Food One- solo show NYC & Comic Con

This weekend (Feb, 6-8) is NYC is going to be full of comic addicted costume wearing video game lovers. Among the many dressed in their favorite comic character outfit will be the bearded, probably drinking a beer and laughing Jim Mahfood along with the rest of the great guys at the NERD CORE booth. Jim Mahfood will not only be signing at the Nerd Core booth and doodling away the weekend but will also present his convention-exclusive comic book, "Carl, The Cat that Makes Peanut Butter Sandwiches." Jim describes the book as full color, 24 page over the top, action packed, one-shot injection of pure fun.

If your not excited yet, then listen to this, Jim Also will be presenting a SOLO SHOW of framed original drawings and paintings at YUME gallery in Brooklyn, Saturday night! Where he will also have two exclusive hand pulled T-shirts available for the opening. The shirts include two
fresh drawings from Mr. Mahfood, and are hand-screened by Shawdow Plastic. Bascially if you loveJim as much as I do, Get your ass on an airplane and get to NYC.. if i wasnt in the process of moving to London, trust me I would be there.


Yume Gallery is located at: 925 Bergen Street #406, Brooklyn Ny. Opening on Saturday from
7 to 10 pm. Feb. 7th, 2009

Comic Con is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit www.nycomicon.com
More Jim Mahfood Here!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

T & P Fine Art gallery presents CUT COPY















Above R- Mark Carvalho " Jessica's Stool" Above L-Mr. Brainwash " Ali"



(Above L-Jef Aerosol "Money, lies, hate, war, anger")

This Friday Feb 6th, 2009 at T&P Fine Art in Philadelphia, PA is opens the much anticipated CUT COPY , a group show featuring works all produced with the famous cut out stencil technique.

Artists Include: 2 Cent, Ame72, Adam 5100, Bandit, Ben Slow, Buildmore, Crystal Shephard, DiRQuo, Dogbyte, Daan, Eelus, Funky Red Dog, Jef Aerosol, JRF, Kenji Nakayama, L.E.T. , Mark Carvalho, Mimi The Clown, Mr. Brainwash, Neverwork, Nick Gentry, NTEL, Papermonster, Pure Evil, Rene Gagnon, Skullphone, Soule, Xvala.
The show features an amazing collection of works all done with creative cut outs, Here above are a few of the ones that caught my attention. See a large collection of works here on the online
preview- GO HERE!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Some Kind of Wonderland @ Gallery 1988 SF


Gallery 1988 in San Fran. has an interesting group show opening up this week. Its titled "Some Kind of Wonderful"and features the work of Allison Sommers, Cherri Wood, D'Holbachie-Yoko, Kendra Binney, Mari Inukai, Nanami Cowdroy, Rachel J. Wong, Rebecca Artemisa Urias, and Sarah Joncas.
A fantastic selection of talented emerging female artists.

Opening Reception Feb. 6th, 2009 at Gallery 1988 In San Fran. Visit the website here.

Andy B. Clarkson solo show

The talented Andy B. Clarkson has an exciting solo show coming up on the 7th of Feb. at the Mighty Stained Skin, Tattoo shop and art gallery in Ohio.

Opening Saturday 7th of Feb.
Visit http://www.stainedskin.com/



See more of Andy's Work on the BEINART Collective website HERE!

Lifeline At Carmichael Gallery- 05.02


One of my favorite Barcelona local artists, Ilia from B-TOY is exhibiting at the Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art opening on the 5th of Feb. The group exhibition is titled
‘Lifeline’ and is Featuring Alex Hornest, Ilia of Btoy, Jim Darling, Sesper.

Preview reception: Thursday, February 5th 2009 / 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Exhibition Dates: February 6th – February 26th 2009

Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art is proud to present Lifeline, a group exhibition featuring work by Alex Hornest, Ilia of Btoy, Jim Darling, and Sesper. Artwork featured in the exhibition will include watercolor on paper, oil and acrylic on wood, acrylic on canvas, and mixed media collage. A preview reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, February 5th, 2009 from 7.00pm – 10.00pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing through Thursday, February 26th ’09 from 1.00pm – 7.00pm