Archive for 2004
Jon was listed first on the flier for this 2004 Mass Eye: Below The Radar show that also included work by Flying Fortress at Moloko Bar. The show featured contemporary and street art, graffiti, vinyl toys, lomography and a sticker wall. The latter was perhaps the most exceptional feature. The sticker wall was covered with stickers sent in from artists from all over the world. There was also a paste up/ stencil/ tag board for people to get up on.
In 2004, Jon contributed monthly illustrations to the South African magazine, SL.
Jon contributed a giant poster commissioned for Clash: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art from Birmingham and West Midlands. The posters were pasted up around the city of Birmingham in 2004 and left to endure the elements.
55DSL is a brand bridging urban culture and fashion. The core market for the brand is late teens and twenty-something urban men and women. According to the brand website, the brand is there to appeal to fashion-minded, young people, interested or involved in active sports, who have a DIY attitude. In 2004, Jon had a solo show in conjunction with the opening of the flagship 55DSL store in London. A T-shirt was also produced for the event.
In 2004, Jon joined artists from around the world in a collaborative project that takes turns the streets of Lyon, France into an enormous gallery without walls by way of fake street signs.
The round red and white signs look enough like real European traffic signs that you might take them for granted, but weird enough if you notice them to make you stop and think. This project has a delightful sense of humor, lots playful absurdity and a wonderful scale.
For this post, we get in the way-back machine and cruise back to 2004 when Jon was part of a sea monkey-themed group show in Los Angeles. The show was likely called “Instant Life.” Original drawings on envelopes and paintings on cardboard are available now (while they last) in his webshop.
Jon did a doodle-comic for the BBC website in 2004. Click here to check it out.