Posts Tagged ‘group shows’
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Spy vs. Spy, MAD launched a Spy vs. Spy custom toy project.
First, we created a 6-inch “blank” version of our Spy action figure (right) — then we sent it out to a bunch of crazy-talented artists to customize however they liked! Suffice to say, the results were awesome!
The figures were on display at SDCC, although I never managed to find them despite being in the exhibition hall for four days straight. Luckily, The Idiotical is doing daily spotlights on the customs. This one’s by Jon.
Curating LOVE MOVEMENT was one of the best experiences of my life. You may remember seeing Jon’s figures as a preview here. I’ve already pontificated about LOVE MOVEMENT plentifully on my own website, but I wanted to post that all of the work is now available online for purchase at StoreEnvy. Here is a direct link to Jon’s figures, Love Messes You Up & Broken-Hearted Bear. Check out this video from the art opening.
The Art Below and The Sun newspaper in London invited Jon to participate in a group exhibition and charity event for Breakthrough Breast Cancer on December 13th. His piece is called “I Melt In The Sun”. More about the event, which took place at the Victoria & Albert Museum, can be found here.
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 is one of many artists involved in LOVE MOVEMENT, a very special project I’m curating with Shin Tanaka and Nao Shimojo. LOVE MOVEMENT is an art show using vinyl toys to deliver universal messages about love. American, Japanese and European artists were given blank versions of toys designed by recently married artists, Shin and Nao. The finished works will be exhibited and sold at SUPERFROG Gallery in San Francisco with an opening reception on December 11th at 7PM. Many artists will be in attendance!
I met Shin and Nao in Tokyo while on my honeymoon. I was freshly married, Shin and Nao were engaged, and Japan felt like the most welcoming place in the world. Love was everywhere, and I promised I would get the two artists a show in San Francisco. Shin and Nao are now married, and LOVE MOVEMENT is that show.
Jon’s custom T-BOY is called “Love Messes You Up,” and his custom Dankeschoen bear is called “Broken-Hearted Bear”. More images of his work are available upon request.
You can see all the artist’s designs for LOVE MOVEMENT here.
Find out more information about the show and join the LOVE MOVEMENT here!
How unfair to encounter this first thing in the morning! I blame you, Ken of Crumbs and Doilies! It seems that Crumbs and Doilies, the “spiritual home - or, at the very least, London pied à terre - of the cupcake” hooked up with Jon to create some doodled delicacies for this weekend’s Cake Britain show at the Future Gallery.
Sponsored by the good folk over at Tate and Lyle in celebration of their move to Fair Trade sugars a selection of the UK’s finest and funnest artists have come together with some of the country’s top bakers (and, er, us) to create the world’s first entirely edible exhibition. We paired up with illustrative supremo Jon Burgerman who was kind enough to provide us with this picture of some burger men (geddit?) as inspiration. A lot of baking, custom cupcake molds, sugarcrafting and a moderate amount of cursing later and here they are - Crumbs and Doilies x Jon Burgerman Burger Men!
This is all kinds of awesome from the edible art to the whimsical wrappers. I’ve come to understand that while we Americans may have the monopoly on hamburgers, the British truly understand cake. If you’re in the area, all proceeds go to charity.
Recently, custom group toy shows have been making me weary. Not the case here. This show has a stellar lineup and a unifying concept. My bud, Buff Monster, gave “roughly 50 super awesome artists [room] to reinterpret my 3-inch toys,” and according to Buff (as well as all people with eyeballs in their heads who’ve seen the previews), “there are some really amazing pieces in the show”! The show opens Saturday, July 10th at 6:30PM at Giant Robot in Los Angeles.
Buff, who shot all the photos of the pieces and created a special poster for the event, sent Doodlesplatter these exclusive snaps of Jon’s Monster. If you look closely at the at the side view in the triptych below, I think Jon’s taking the yellow fellow in the direction of an erection…
The full roster of participating artists includes:
Aaron Martin/Angry Woebots, APAK!, Arbito, Flying Fortress (Germany), Christopher Bettig, Jon Burgerman (UK), Camilla d’Errico (Canada), Chaz/The London Police (Netherlands), Olivier Cramm/KOA (France), Tristan Eaton, Huck Gee, Godmachine (UK), KaNO, David Horvath/Uglydolls, Mari Inukai, Jay222, Jeremyville (Australia), Kirkland Jue/Toybot Studios, Paul Kaiju, Mike Kelly/Le Merde, Travis Lampe, Joe Ledbetter, Daniel Lim/Fawn Fruits, Travis Louie, Markie Darkie (Canada), Drew Millward (UK), Miss Mindy, Junko Mizuno (Japan), Brian Morris, Moto (Japan), Mark Nagata, Martin Ontiveros, Alex Pardee, Albert Reyes, Johnny Rodriguez/KMNDZ, Chris Ryniak, Benjamin Salomon, Greg Simkins/Craola, Sket, Skinner, Bwana Spoons, Sucklord, Tado (UK), Uamou (Japan), Michelle Valigura, Amanda Visell, Yoskay Yamamoto.
Jon just sent over some snaps from the Italian Urban Superstar 2010 Back from Black expo. I also snagged a few shots by Cristina Cusani from the Urban Superstars blog. Contact the gallery for availability of the work.
Jon has created this original “Turbulence Leap” print for Boxbird Gallery’s A to B exhibition, which opens tomorrow, Friday, May 7th!
Boxbird Gallery & Studios is proud to present ‘A to B’, an exhibition of contemporary printmaking & Illustration inspired by travel and foreign adventures! Join Boxbird and over 30 artists from across the globe for one of the Brighton Fringe Festival’s most eagerly anticipated exhibitions with new and exclusive work by some incredible talent including Jon Burgerman, Graham Carter, Lidia de Pedro and the Peepshow Illustration Collective. The show will be jammed full of affordable limited edition prints and original art works all of which are hand-made or hand-printed.
The exhibition will be open from Friday, May 7th through Thursday, May 27th from 11AM - 5PM at Boxbird Gallery, 14 St Johns Road, Hove, BN3 2FB
Jon is participating in NOT MY TYPE: An Out of Character Experiment. The show is a “typographical exploration of 26 letters (and a few stray characters) by 35 different illustrators, designers and artists, all displayed as one alphabet”. Curated by Charlotte Audrey and Jonathan Costello, the project is sponsored by Fluid (a Birmingham-based studio) and Creating in Birmingham (the site of the event). The show opens May 6th and runs through June 1st. For more info, and availability of the prints, check out the Facebook group and the CMYKern website.