Saturday, March 28, 2009

HunterGatherer // Todd St John & Gary Benzel

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HunterGatherer is the design/film studio of Todd St. John and frequent collaborator Gary Benzel. I'm not sure who does what over there but it's amazing. I met Gary & Todd years ago when I first moved to California and I fell in love with their designs right away, half my house is products that they developed or prints they've made.. they are both extraordinarily talented designers and super, super nice guys. I was just looking over some of the films/animations over at the HunterGatherer site, and below are some of my all time favorites.. I just love these so much I had to share.. I have never been one for doing animation or any sort of motion graphics myself, but watching these makes me really rethink that. You can see how much fun they have while making all the things they do and it all looks so beautiful, from the sets to the graphics.. anyway, here is a sampling from HunterGatherer







You can also see their collaborative work at the now defunct Green Lady and here is their shop Igloo

Department Of Eagles // Marcel Dzama


I just saw this amazing music video for the song "No One Does It Like You" by the Department Of Eagles... I'm a huge fan of Marcel Dzama's work and it's so great to see his costume designs and basically his illustrations come to life! and the song is really rad too, reminds me of the Arcade Fire, and that is meant to be very complimentary... anyway, enjoy!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Joyful Bewilderment // Edinburgh exhibit



I'm very excited that The Joyful Bewilderment exhibition that I was involved in last October in London is now traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland to my favorite bookstore / gallery Analogue Books! The exhibit features the works of some of my favorite artists: Craig Atkinson, Holly Stevenson, James Jarvis, Josh Petherick, Marcus Oakley, Nigel Peake, Ryan Jacob Smith, Simon Peplow, Steven Harrington, Supermundane and so many other amazing thing makers. The Exhibit will be on view from the 28th of March until the 28 of April and the opening reception is on Saturday the 28th of March from 7-9pm at:

Analogue Books
102 West Bow
Edinburgh
EH1 2HH
UK

A little about the exhibit from the curators:
"The Joyful Bewilderment" showcases the work of a group of like minded image-makers. This exhibition can be seen as an expression of these artists compulsion to create. Fundamentally, the artists in the show all share an essential motivation - to explore the possibilities of enhancing everyday life by making magic from the mundane. The works in the show utilize modest and direct means - including works in pencil, paint and ink along with photographic works which record and celebrate everyday happenstances."

Thanks to the amazing Simon Peplow for his orchestration of all this!

The Joyful Bewilderment

GRSF - Game Over, Continue?



Giant Robot San Francisco has a group show opening this Friday the 27th of March called "Game Over, Continue?" which is a video game themed art show which features a piece from me as well as many other amazing artists. I made a collage of the Super Mario Bros 1UP mushroom.. btw Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii was the best thing about my recovery from hand surgery last year, I just got to sit and play all day completely guilt free. Anyway, Giant Robot. San Francisco. Friday March 27 - April 15. Opening reception from 6:30 - 10pm on Friday March 27.

sometimes i heart hip hop so much


none of these are new videos, or would even qualify as "recent" but I was just checking out some things I had favorited on youtube from a while back and they are pretty rad.. I think this started with my girlfriend showing me the Shaq dancing to Nas video..




Madlib and basically all of the Stones Throw catalog is amazing btw.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Berlin v. Moytoy v. Pictoplasma


My Lithuanian friends over at Moytoy have curated an exhibition called Phobia, featuring some artwork from me, in conjunction with the Pictoplasma Pictopia conference in Berlin which begins on March 17 and goes until March 27. The exhibit is at the Berlin boutique called Talka which is located at: Boxhagener Str. 44, Berlin, Germany. Tons of fun stuff going on in Berlin for the conference.. wish I could be there, but I'm stuck in LA working.. If you are in Germany go check out all the exhibits, lectures, presentations etc. here's a map/guide to everything. RAD!


Pictoplasma Pictopia Conference

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

ETSY SHOP!


I just launched my own Etsy shop.. swing by and check it out! It will be constantly updated with prints, zines and artwork..

Christopher Bettig Etsy Shop

Giant Robot 2 // Year Of The Ox


This Saturday night at Giant Robot 2 in Los Angeles the Year Of The Ox show opens and features a bunch of really amazing people.. I made a special limited edition zine that will be only available at GR2.. come by and grab one!

Opening reception:
Saturday March 14, 6:30PM - 10PM

Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd
West LA