Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fumetto part 3

Here's a last dispatch from Fumetto. The hub of the festival was in a giant old swimming pool with this big glowing waterslide looming over the festivities.

This giant mural was painted by folks from Ampel Magazin.

One night the diving platform was used as a sort of stage. The shadows were cool.
Across the room, on the windows of the same space Anke Feuchtenberger and Stefano Ricci painted this giant black and white (the white is actually buttermilk: easy to wash off afterward) mural sponsored by Medecins Sans Frontieres. It looked best at night, but I wasn't smart enough to get my pictures then (except in the background in the last one below). Anke and Stefano are hugely influential as teachers, small press publishers and artists. And also really sweet people. Apparently Blank Slate Books in the UK is finally planning to publish Anke's work in English. Which is long overdue. Hopefully their editions make it to the States.

Above is part of the very enthusiastic audience at the drawing battle held Thursday night. I made it to the final round but was beaten by Olivier Schrauwen's assistant, Siemen. Here, from the first round, is my one-minute rendition from prompts interpreted to me as "straight ahead" and "Earwax".
Below are a few photos from Olivier Schrauwen's exhibition. Hilarious, beautiful, weird and inventive.

Finally, a picture from the small press exhibit. There was a ton of gorgeous stuff here, but I was most delighted to see that Icinori had a table. These guys rule. Might try to show some of their stuff at Lula sometime.
That's all. I was sorry not to get any photos of Ward Zwart's exhibition. It was awesome as well. Thanks to everyone that made the show happen. It was great.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fumetto 2013

The Fumetto festival in Luzern, Switzerland closes tomorrow night. Here are photos from a few of the exhibitions of which I was able to sneak photos. First is Marijpol.

In the same space as my own exhibit was work by Paula Bulling. Beautiful combinations of ink wash and pencil (and other media) telling a story about African refugee/immigrant workers in Germany as well as a series of watercolors recording conversations with Occupy activists in the U.S.
Here are some images from my exhibition in a tunnel under the train station. Originals from Big Questions are along the right as you come in. Prints from the forthcoming Rage of Poseidon are along the left.

The tunnel was cold. These guys were dedicated

Along with the smoke drawings on the ceiling there were some other curiosities in the tunnel if you went looking.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

sketchbook from Chicago and Lucerne

(Christian Maiwald interviewing Olivier Schrauen)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Dirty Fingers

I have a piece in Cinder's Dirty Fingers show at F.L.A. Gallery in Gainesville, Florida, along with lots of other awesome people. Check them all here (Aiden Koch, Kelie Bowman and John Orth pictured below). My piece is a two-color screenprint I made at PFC in France in 2011, called The Labors of Hercules (bottom).

Sunday, March 17, 2013

SXSW Tech Expo: 1,000,000 B.C.

This was in the NYT today. accompanying an article about beer and civilization. I'm very happy with it, and it was a pleasure to get to cast my favorite hominids in a new role, but I thought I would post one other sketch I pitched. Understandably the alternate version was simply too complicated design-wise – the text of the article and whatever else they were running would, in theory, have been set in the empty space. Admittedly, a lot to expect in print, near impossible on the web. But I liked how simple the idea was.