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Our friends Jeps and Evelien of Darker and the Dutch Doodlesplatter posse got the rest of us front row seats for Jon’s recent Lossy Botany Lab show at Hamburg’s heliumcowboy artspace. Stay tuned for a plethora of posts [click here for current tag archive], each concerning a separate element of the installation and exhibit. Herein lies the goods on the actual Lossy Botany Lab, rules for entry shown below, and building process shown here. Please note that banana-beer phone with fruit earpiece and bottle mouthpiece is not for sale, but you are encouraged to make your own.
Here’s a cool stop motion video made by the fine folks at Hamburg’s heliumcowboy artspace. The video depicts various lab techs involved in the construction of the building, whilst Jon occasionally pops into the foreground with a banana.
Here’s an early blueprint of the Lossy Botany Lab, back when it was still called a Lossy Botnay Lab. Ha! As they say across the pond, just taking the piss out of ya there.
This picture shows that it’s very important to choose safety when engaged in building. For instance, abandon goggles and pick up beer. What a lovely staff at heliumcowboy artspace. I hope to someday visit. Read the rest of this entry »
The theme of Jon’s Pen Friends show at Here Gallery seems to have been recycled materials with a colorful array of envelopes (see previous post), reclaimed cardboard and cereal boxes. More photos from where I pilfered these on Here’s Flickr set. Contact info [at] heregallery [dot] co [dot] uk for details and availability.
In case you missed last month’s Paralysis of Choice show at Elektrik Sheep, all is not lost. Although you can’t partake of what can only be fondly described as Absolute Doodle Claustrophobia, or touch those spectacular Deadgood chairs, you can still buy a few things. Check out the available items (at press time, 14 pages!) here. Or print your own catalog (worth it for the titles alone, not to mention artwork you can use to outfit your little dollhouse) by opening up this PDF.
Looks like Jon’s taking Poscas to recycled cardboard for his next solo show, Paralysis of Choice. Voluntarily lose your mobility at Electrik Sheep in Newcastle, beginning November 27th. Work from the show will be available to purchase online after the show opens. Note that pieces will NOT be sold through Burgerplex. If you’re jonesing to order something Burgerish from Elektrik Sheep right this minute, here’s where to do it. If you’re in the Newcastle area, head over to Bar Tokyo for the Paralysis of Choice after party. I think Jon will be there.
In 2007, the Butter Factory brought Jon to Singapore for a muradoodle. In 2008, the Butter Factory launched BUTTER LOVES, their T-Shirt label. Naturally, Jon was included. So it only makes sense, then, that in 2009, when the club made its way to a venue of a grander scale, Jon would design a skyscraper. Obviously. Jon’s (first?) foray into architecture is a part of the “discopolis” in the club’s Fash room. I hope to some day get to Singapore and check this place out! Thanks to Adrian Wee for the photo and e-clubbing for the following info.
One of the most prominent features at The Butter Factory, apart from the music and entertainment, has always been the quirky artwork and visuals displayed throughout its venue.
The club at Robertson Quay was adorned with art & design contributions from prominent international pop culture artists and designers. The main room featured contributions from eBoy & Jeremyville, while the Art Bar featured character contributions from more than a hundred artists all over the world like tokidoki, Jeremyville, Gary Baseman, Devil Robots, Superdeux & Singapore’s Phunk Studio.
At One Fullerton, The Butter Factory retains this signature quirky look and feel. Bump keeps the ‘Great Indoors’ theme as seen at Robertson Quay. Only this time, The Butter Factory commissioned English pop culture artist Peskimo to design its interior which now dons the artist’s interpretations of the various sections of a house. Toys designed by Peskimo will also be displayed in Bump. The House of Peskimo is the first in a series of ‘Houses’ to be customized for Bump by a lineup of artists.
In the second room, Fash, various artists were commissioned to contribute their artwork for the “mini-city” that comes to life within that room. Themed ‘Discopolis’, each artist has been asked to give their vision of city landscape that reflects their styles. From pixel art to cartoon-ish drawings, international artists Rinzen, Jeremyville & eBoy have contributed to the walls of Fash. Artists have also been commissioned to submit 3D facades of mini-skyscrapers to spice up the Discopolis. There will be a tokidoki and Jon Burgerman skyscraper, among many others.
There will be some familiarity at One Fullerton. Our ‘friends’, the characters seen from the previous outlet at Robertson Quay, will also re-appear all over the new club with some new additions to join the party. All over The Butter Factory, you can view the character art from more than 200 artists like Motomichi Nakamura & Touma,
The artwork and design at the club is curated by The Butter Factory’s Creative Director Bobby Luo.
Broadway Cinema launched its own ale, called Reel Ale, and to celebrate, they asked Jon to design some special beermats. One beermat (aka coaster) was available each week for four weeks. When bar patrons collect all four, they combine “to create an insight into [Jon’s] Broadway Cinema-going experience.”
For the last ten years I’ve been a regular at the great independent cinema, in the centre of Nottingham. I can’t even remember all the films I’ve seen there, but notable visits included viewing Cube, Funny Games, Cache, The Blair Witch Project, Rushmore, Pi, Dogville, Shortbus and a documentary about birds. I’ve consumed a fair amount of sweet popcorn, the odd ice-cream and since they’ve officially allowed it, many pints of beer in there.
If you were a coaster-completist, you’d also have Jon’s set of beermats for Propaganda.
The 60 Years Project aims to creatively commemorate the 60th anniversary of UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights): the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. Zara Arshad invited designers to take part by writing or drawing on a mini protest board to exercise their right to free speech and self-expression. One of the key roles of the project is to highlight a serious issue through the creative. The project will culminate in an installation that showcases the protest boards (and, hence, the design work) of creatives of varying backgrounds, as well as promote the UN and commemorate 60 years of human rights. Check out Jon’s board (Ambition is Misleading), as well as those of many other artists here.
Lickens is an edition of 20 prints painted in white by Jon on pieces of reclaimed cardboard packaging and then screen printed by hand in yellow and black water-based inks. Every one is different. The prints are approximately 25 cm x 33 cm in size and have been signed and numbered by Jon. £70 at Idressmyself, the eco-friendly screenprinters (while available).
Entitled Anserine Apparitions, Jon’s exhibition in Hamburg, Germany “offer[ed] viewers the chance to devise and enjoy their own modern day pareidolia and non-religious apparitions.” Pareidolia (says Wikipedia) describes a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon and hidden messages on records played in reverse. Anserine (says the Dictionary) is an adjective indicating stupidity or a marked lack of intellectual activity. Finally, Apparitions are things that appear, often suddenly and unusually, sometimes linked to ghosts or specters. Anserine apparitions have become a part of popular culture. In fact, anserine Internet casino Golden Palace kicked off a firestorm of pareidolia when they purchased a $28,000 grilled cheese sandwich on which there was an apparition of The Virgin Mary. In a bizarre yet intriguing PR move, Golden Palace has continued to grow their collection. Read about that here. Now that you have a bit of context for the vocabulary, back to Burgerman! Here’s how he described the show:
The psychological phenomenon of pareidolia and related apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns and connections in seemingly meaningless data or forms. Apparitions are a form of this, people often seeing religious forms in their tea-leaves or statues crying. The show will feature drawings, paintings and mini-idols, in the hope that visitors may have their own invented experiences. The audience are also invited to contribute an object to a shrine of anserine apparitions: