Archive for 2007
Jon had a number of pieces in the 2007 Here Gallery Christmas Show, which also featured Peskimo. Jon’s work ranged from envelopes and paper to cardboard and canvases to digital prints and the hand-made resin sculpture, WorryKnott. You can view all of the work by the artists involved in the show on Here’s Flickr set for the event. I’ve snatched pics of Jon’s pieces from the set for this post to virtually mirror the show. (Hope that’s OK…) Some of the work may still be available from the gallery. Keep tabs on Here here at their blog.
Here is an award winning shop and gallery based in Bristol, UK. Established in 2003, they are a not-for-profit cooperative, with a sister shop in Falmouth. They stock a select range of art books, small press comics and zines, artist made cards, prints, jewelery and plush toys. Their gallery hosts regular exhibitions from local and international artist.
In conjunction with the Singapore Design Festival 2007, Butter Factory presented a live-in person mural by Jon Burgerman. Held in December 2007, the public was invited to submit their photos to potentially be included in his “muradoodle.” When the mural was completed, it became a special coloring-in space for people to visit and color in.
Jon’s unofficial quest to save the earth with reduce-reuse-recycle continues with an assortment of reclaimed envelopes from 2007. These drawings on used envelopes are one-of-a-kinds and measure 230×165mm. Some are still available in Jon’s shop for £85 UK and £95 non-UK.
Jon donated this 40cm x 40cm digital print on canvas to a Spectrum art event, which raised funds for the Safecare project.
This Burgerdoodles poster from 2007 featured lots of colorful characters. Each poster was 711 x 1016mm and was printed on 157gsm white coated high quality art paper with a gloss sealer.
Jon’s art looks terrific on Qee platform toys by Toy2R. He customized Bears, Cats and Eggs. These pieces were private commissions. Color me jealous…
Designersblock: Illustrate is the first time there’s been an illustration expo as part of Designersblock. Jon had a special coloring-in space at the 2007 Designersblock: Illustrate in London. There were over 30 meters of doodles for people to scribble in: “a coloring-in scrawl free-for-all!”
Showcasing work from over 80 leading illustrators, artists, designers and film makers, Designersblock: Illustrate is a major new festival taking place in 4 acres of brand new developments on Hornsey Street, Holloway. 40 Commercial units have been illustrated together with outside space. Installations, short film animations, live art performances, web and graphics based work and workshops.
Jon was commissioned by QUAD in Derby to create a large scale mural on the construction site of the new QUAD building. QUAD hoped it would draw attention to their new building and stir public interest. Wrote Jon:
The commission requested that although I’d be creating the al the work, that the public should be able to contribute in some way. Together with QUAD I devised a questionnaire which was handed out in the street and sent to schools in the region. It featured a series of questions (what is your favourite colour, if Derby was a food what would it be and why…etc) and space for people to fill in a self-portrait. Four thousand of these were sent back to QUAD and the responses formed basis for the mural. I referenced various things from the questionnaires in the drawing, whilst interweaving in various Derby landmarks. Other drawings were added to these following incidents and conversations I experienced during the four days outside drawing. Lots of people came and spoke to me as I worked on the piece, suggesting ideas, landmarks and where I could get a good sandwich from. Once the drawing was complete I photographed it and generated a simple colour guide. Members of the public were invited for a period of four days to come and colour in the piece. A wide range of people from around Derby attended, and a few people, who had filled in the questionnaire or had spoke to me the previous week, even recognised themselves in the mural.
Live painting has always seemed really stressful and nerve-wracking to me. Combine that with a battle and it’s a recipe for severe anxiety. But Jon pulled it off masterfully in 2007 during a Nonpermanent Secret Wars doodle battle with Pete Fowler in Birmingham. Above is Jon’s finished piece from the battle. Below are some progress shots, the winners wearing their wrestler belts and a video. The following text is excerpted from Secret Wars on MySpace:
The night kicked off with a handful of the current Secret Wars artists showing off their skills alongside the locally based Agent and Chu. The press loved the artwork, but this was only a warm-up for the Burgerman/Fowler friendly battle later in the evening…Even Jon Burgerman, who described his style as “wibbly and wobbly”, felt honoured to be involved. “I am very humble and very honoured to be part of this. When I was younger, doodling was a much more nerdy thing, but now it is in the public domain it’s a cool thing,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »
Jon did the cover for the January 2007 issue of Digit magazine. The topic was Illustration Heaven: Avoid Design Hell and Succeed With Image Commissions.
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