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Thanks to the quick twitpic action of Ryan Crippen, and despite the best red herrings of Mr. Jon Burgerman, here’s a photo of Jon’s contribution to Gallery1988’s LOST Underground Art Project show. The poster project parked at Damon, Carlton and a Polar Bear.com has been leading up to the show that caused a rumored 15 people to sleep outside the LA gallery last night. It was only recently that I found out my friends at Pretty In Plastic had sculpted and cast LOST statues for customization by great artists. “What lies in the shadow of the statue?” you ask? Doodles, in part. The statue is hand-painted resin, and it’s in terrific company with customs by Reactor88, Motorbot, Jesse Hernandez, kaNO, Dave Pressler, Brent Nolasco, Nemo and 64colors to name a few. (And that doesn’t even begin to cover the 2D art by Alex Pardee et al.) Love the TV show, the artists, the sculptors and the gallery. The only misfire in this whole process was G1988 holding it in their LA gallery rather than their sister gallery in San Francisco! Ryan posted the first images of the customs, and until they get bumped by newer twitpics, you can see them here. G1988 will surely have a subdomain up with all of the art and prices sometime very soon.
Here at the Doodlesplatter artkive, we like to periodically see what’s become of the fond characters of yesteryear. (Yes, I suppose we’re a bit like VH1 in that regard.) Cris Rose sent me this photo of his excellent collection of proto-Burgermenos, that first appeared in 2006 at Artoyz in France. I am obviously and rightly quite jealous.
It’s time to get that monkey off your back…patio. And onto maybe a suburban lawn. Or really hip miniature golf course. Factory Fresh has got this massive monkey designed by Jon in conjunction with local expert, Maritza. The monkey is made of foam, though not this kind of foam. It’s polystyrene with a resin coating. The sculpture features a motion sensor and light-up eyes. Says Jon, “You drop in jokes, wishes, etc.” With its outdoor paint, you could really make a statement in your subdivision with this one. $1,650 here.
Doodlesplatter’s friend, Jason Kinningham of Phoenix-based toy shop, Red Hot Robot, is currently having a private collection sale featuring many terrific pieces of designer/urban vinyl (at nice prices, too). The sale officially began at 11AM for local (in-person) patrons, and whatever is left will move to the online store (try this link) at 1PM PST. There are four lots by Jon in the collection, including: the production Dunny trio ($85), a pair of Angel/Devil custom Bunny Baby Qees ($100), an original figure collab with TADO from the 2007 Immature Miniatures show ($60) and this sold-out Waggledance letter pressed print ($45). This is a great chance to score some original and long-gone work you may have missed out on, while helping an independent store support it’s operating costs in this dreadful economy. I can’t promise the locals haven’t beat you to the punch, but log on at 1PM and see what’s left. Nice lots by Gary Baseman, Luke Chueh and Jaime Hayon too.
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:
I already wrote up the awesome Anserine Apparitions show, but with all that’s going on with resin these days, Jon’s resin figures deserve a spotlight post of their own. Seen here are six figures from Jon’s August 30th, 2008 show at heliumcowboy artspace in Hamburg. In fact, you can see the entire collection (and a pricelist on remaining work) here. Each 25×33 cm. (9.8 x 13 inches) expanded polystyrene, resin, emulsion paint and acrylic paint figure is 380 Euros (~$508 USD). Individually, they are:
- The Bulb (Not Energy Saving)
- The Cat (Lucky Landing)
- The Mouse (Taker of Cheese)
- The Goblet (Half Empty)
- The Flip (aka The Nipple)
- The Peas (From Different Pods)
Congrats to whoever owns these beauties.
Pop Idle was Jon’s solo show that ran in April of 2008 at London’s Concrete Hermit Gallery that had, among other choice objects d’art, several large sculptural pieces, prints, reclaimed cardboard art and a zine. The work featured offered visitors “a chance to worship and share private prayers with the idle Idols. Redemption, salvation and salivation are all promised.” Here are the sculptures. [Pictures from Creative Review]
The legacy of many successful toy artists began with a contribution to a series like Toy2r’s Qees or Kidrobot’s Dunnys. Based on the success of such platform toys (and other going-ons in the designer’s career), a signature figure or a mini-series followed. Leave it to Jon and Stu Witter to reverse-engineer the process, taking The Heroes of Burgertown and morphing them into Kidrobot’s trademark Dunny and Munny characters. Above you see a mashup of Tiny Hero and The Gobbler, which has been dispatched to Kidrobot Miami. Below is Super Golden Bimlar, one of the chase figures in the series, who has been turned into a mega-Munny for Kidrobot LA. Finally, there’s Coco Gulab Juman, with Sausage Dunny ears (and Alfonso mini-Munny) hanging out in the window of the new Kidrobot shop in Chicago. Jon and Stu previously collaborated in 2007 on Pink Turnip and WorryKnott.
WorryKnott is a collaborative desktop sculpture between Jon and Stuart Witter of the UK-based Lowlife Collective. Each hand-cast white resin sculpture is approximately 135×120x80mm and comes hand numbered and signed along with a metal WorryKnott pin. It is finished in a protective lacquer. Strict edition of 50 for about £50.00 each.
WorryKnott charts the inevitability of getting tangled up in anxiety and its ultimate choking futility. It is the first time one of Jon Burgerman’s intricately doodled compositions has been rendered as a sculpture. These were/art available through Jon’s webshop and Concrete Hermit. I have #40. I get tangled up in anxiety often.
April 14th through May 31st of 2007, Jon joined forces with TADO to transform Paris’ Dadawan/Madturnip (now collectively known as NUKOD) into a wall-to-wall doodlefest. Together, they made so much incredible collaborative art. There were collabodoodles, digital prints on canvas, giclee prints, hand-made resin toys and hand-sewn felt plushes. They even drew on the balloons. This post features the toys. [Pictures from Jon Burgerman, Tado's Flickr and Dadawan's Flickr.]