Posts Tagged ‘canvas’
Jon contributed to the Never Judge a Book by Its Cover show at StolenSpace with his re-imagining of A Confederacy of Dunces:
The age old proverb is easier said than done, when choosing a read who can’t be swayed by good cover art, the cover after all has the job of explaining thousands of words in an instant. Think of the classic covers that grace the jackets of thousands of books and the names of the truly great artists that have put their artwork to novels, creating iconic classic covers for these classic books, but is the book cover dying? With the advent of the iPad it’s now questionable how long the printed novel and its cover will be around, just like the album cover, it’ll be resigned to a thumbnail in iTunes.
StolenSpace in association with Penguin plan to celebrate the art of the book cover with a show titled ’ Never Judge? this December.
The broad and varied spectrum of artists were inviting to paint, print, etch, sculpt, photograph, whatever their medium, whatever their style… create a book cover for a novel of their choice, a book that has inspired them, a book that has had a profound impact on them or a book that they remember fondly as a child … all that we asked was that they create their original artwork to the traditional format and size of a Penguin book 198mm (h) x 129mm (w)
For this exhibition ‘Never Judge?’ we will be exhibiting these artworks and fill the gallery with original book covers from our favourite artists from around the world. As well as originals we will be producing limited edition prints of a selection of the artwork. The show promises to be a visual feast and working in conjunction with Penguin and their upcoming Penguin Essentials project the show will be a guaranteed block buster.
The show ran in London from December 3rd to December 19th.
Jon did this piece for the Shelter Charity Auction at 20 Hoxton Square. It has a very “Day of the Deadsy” feeling to it, doesn’t it? This follows up the 2009 Shelter House of Cards project, to which Jon was also a contributor. Here’s a bit from the press release:
Every week across Britain nearly 5,000 households face the nightmare of losing their home. Housing charity Shelter has teamed up with creative agency Margaret and 20 Hoxton Square Projects to create ‘52 Weeks’, a unique show comprising artwork inspired by weeks of the year. Hosted by 20 Hoxton Square Projects and curated by Adam Waymouth, the exhibition aims to raise awareness about the thousands of families struggling to keep a roof over their head. It follows on from the success of Shelter’s House of Cards exhibition in September 2009, which raised over £100,000 for the housing charity.
heliumcowboy artspace currently has four paintings from Jon’s 2008 solo show, Anserine Apparitions up for sale. The 61 x 61 cm canvases are made with Posca, acrylic and emulsion paint and priced at 1.600 € each. Looking at the image above, clockwise from top left, the paintings are: Spaghetti Bib, Nag Hum, Drone Alone and Wine Stain. Interested parties should contact sales [at] heliumcowboy [dot] [com].
Yesterday, we got some Felt Mistress plush peeks and some outlines and splashes of color for Jon’s upcoming solo show, The Lossy Botany Lab at heliumcowboy artspace in Hamburg. Today, we’ve got still more sneaks of work-in-progress. This should be a very interesting show, because as a vegetarian, plants are central to Jon’s diet. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Basically, Jon Burgerman is a salad. Lossy Botany Lab opens July 1st at 8PM. Stay tuned for sketches and installations!
Of course it’s my luck that Jon would make a rare appearance across the pond, and I’m still stuck across the country. On February 12th, 2009, Jon and pop artist Jim Avignon opened Anxiety Room at Brooklyn, NY’s Factory Fresh. The show continues to explore a theme familiar to Burgerman fans (as seen in sculptures like WorryKnott and the London installation, Anxiety Wall). In addition to many paintings, drawings and masks, the duo collaborated on a live painting called Anxiety Broom. I got the “Too Many Emails” drawing! The rest of what’s still available can be found here. Check out a few work-in-progress photos sent by Jon at ToyCyte and pics from the show on Flickr here. Videos below the photos, too.
In 2008, New York’s OPEN SPACE asked 125 artists from around the world to donate their time and talent to reducing the amount of wasted plastic bags (1,000 per family every year) by creating custom-designed tote bags. The bags were displayed and sold through OPEN SPACE from April 12th through May 3rd. 100% of the profits from the sales of the show went to the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a New York-based organization committed to environmental education and advocacy. Jon’s tote bag is sold out.
OPEN SPACE was started by Kalene Rivers and Daniel Weise to combine their shared passions for art, culture and design. The space is home to thundercut, an art and design studio, SHERBERT Magazine, an independently published art and literature magazine, a gallery featuring the works of artists they find inspiring, and an event space where they can host events they find important and interesting.
In August of 2008, Singapore’s Dooperdoo ran a sale that offered a bonus artist tote bag with the purchase of three t-shirts. Jon has a handful of Dooperdoo designs. Now you can get the bag straight from Jon sans shirts for £10 UK and £15 non-UK including postage. The bag is made and printed in Singapore by Dooperdoo and is approximately 330×380x70mm. Reusable tote bags are (literally) the new canvas.
From July 12th through August 12th 2008, Jon showed new paintings and and sculptures at Litou Space in the Chaoyang District of Beijing.
These are four 2008 sold-out “high quality canvas prints, signed, dated and delivered with love.” They measured 130×170x10mm and featured Pinkcess, Zippy, Anton and Fluffer.
Under The Influence: A Tribute to Stan Lee was a 2008 group show at Gallery 1988 in LA. Jon’s piece is available from the gallery as a numbered and signed edition of ten. G1988’s second Under The Influence paid tribute to The Beastie Boys.