Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

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The Future of Gaming

June 16, 2014

I just got back from a fun-filled trip to LA for some pre-E3 festivities, including the opening of The Future of Gaming exhibit at iam8bit. Gallery owners Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White teamed up industry luminaries with renowned artist to conceptualize what the future of video games might look like. There’s a great write up about the show here.

I was teamed up with Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning, whose quote really aligned with my own musings on where this technology could be headed:

“You are the game of the future, where every bit of energy exerted thru your digital daily life will be captured toward more real world incentives,” Lanning predicted. “Each beat of our heart, calorie we eat, footstep we make, and mile gained thru our day will be captured, converted, and gamified into cost saving incentives that just ‘can’t be beat.’ Our decreasing privacies increasingly offered as the willing sacrifices made at the altar of savings, incentives, and reward points. Three billion years of progress will have finally evolved us into the hairless walking coupon.”

The Hairless Walking Coupon

The Hairless Walking Coupon

I really just wanted to capture the overwhelming system shock of the world that Lorne anticipates, with every movement and action inside and outside of the game world being captured and quantified. Whether it’s defeating a Level 99 dragon or eating a Burger King Whopper, everything we do will be watched, recorded, and rewarded.

Other luminaries who lent their theories to the exhibit include Megaman creator Keiji Inafune, Tim Schafer who created the Secret of Monkey Island, and video game jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-most-of-them Seamus Blackley.

The exhibit runs through June 22nd at iam8bit’s Echo Park headquarters at 2147 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.

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Indie Games Interview

November 23, 2010

Right before the craziness of the Pixel Pushers opening, I had a chance to sit down and chat with Jeriaska from Indie Games about three of my favorite subjects: video games, politics, and meat. Read the interview here!

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Nonslick Interview

October 6, 2010

I recently completed an interview for the Nonslick blog with up and coming illustrator Daniel Fishel. We discuss, among other things: illustration for motion graphics, Boston Terriers, the benefits of social networking, and Keyboard Cat. Check it out here!

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Pixelated Picasso

September 29, 2010

I recently did an interview with EGM[i] Magazine to coincide with The Autumn Society’s “The 3G Show” at Gallery 1988. You can read it here.

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Manifest Equality

February 16, 2010

The Manifest Equality exhibition gathers together a diverse array of visual artists to raise awareness for the cause of equal rights for all Americans. You can read about my piece, “Civil Disunion“, and my take on this very important issue in this interview.

Manifest Equality
March 3rd–7th, 2010

1341 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028
www.manifestequality.com

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RadNerd Interview

January 21, 2010

Head on over to radnerd.com for an interview with yours truly. Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to: my childhood babysitter, corset lacing, and Tom Selleck’s mustache.

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McJawn Interview

December 16, 2009

I recently sat down with McJawn to do an interview about everything from illustration to retro video games to my love of all things Patrick Swayze, may he rest in peace. Click here to watch.

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8-Bit and Beyond! (plus interviews!)

August 6, 2009

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Tomorrow night at 6pm is the opening of the Autumn Society’s “8-Bit and Beyond!” show at Brave New Worlds. You can read an interview with myself and two of the other incredibly talented artists here. In addition to the fantastic artwork, Doctor Octoroc will be providing live musical chip tune entertainment, playing music from classic video games, 8-bit covers of 80s television shows (from his upcoming “After These Messages” album), as well as some originals. There will be a “name that tune” contest too, so you just might score a copy of his latest album. Get there early!

My piece is title “Mushroom Recession” and you can read more about it here and here.

mushroom recession

If you’d like to purchase a print, click on the add to cart button below.

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Mushroom Recession
Giclee print on canvas (unstretched)
10″ x 20″ / Edition of 25 / $60.00

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8-Bit and Beyond!
Friday, August 7, 2009
6:00–9:00pm
Brave New Worlds (Old City)
45 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-925-6525

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Poems for Pictopia

July 28, 2009

Back in March, I traveled to Berlin for the 3rd Pictoplasma conference, Pictopia and an installation I had at the Neurotitan gallery as part of the conference’s Character Walk. You can read more about the installation here and here. Two of the coolest Berliners I met were Gabriel Shalom and Patrizia Kommerell, whose creative studio KS12 was commissioned to create a short documentary about the conference and everything that went along with it. I was thrilled to be included (2:45) along with some of my favorite artists such as AJ Fosik, Steven Guarnaccia, Charles Glaubitz, and Gastón Caba. The film, “Poems for Pictopia”, ends with a video montage set to a song that Gastón wrote and performed at the end of his presentation. I was just thrilled to be able to relive the whole conference all over again through this video. Great work KS12!

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COMRADE Magazine Interview

April 26, 2009

COMRADE Magazine

Head on over to comrademag.com to read an interview the delightfully devious Love Ablan conducted with me after our show in Berlin.

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