Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Pick a Box
This is the piece I chose when asked if I would like to submit a last minute entry for the 8-Bit & Beyond show. My friend Chris who runs Cubeecraft.com was able to make it to the reception and told me he overheard good things being said about it, which is always encouraging!
I created this piece not too long after I discovered the exhibition (and subsequent book) I Am 8 Bit. The art school I attended was full of very old school professors who, despite being great teachers and people in general, mostly frowned upon any student-created art that related to cartooning or pop culture. I Am 8 Bit was my wake up call to serious artists doing work based around subjects that I was constantly being told to avoid. The artists were not only creating amazing work based on video games, but getting a show and book that received national attention and praise. It gave me an overwhelming sense of "You can do that?!" and validated my efforts; just like the all the great work featured in 8-Bit & Beyond has done.