For my Flashback Friday, I didn’t go back too far to find Clinic‘s Bubblegum video. Just to 2010!
I was reminded of Bubblegum when the electronic sounding twang that echoes throughout the song got caught in my head, recently. Slow yet upbeat songs tend to get stuck in my head on days when it feels too hot to do things at the fast pace you feel comfortable with.
The songs great but the video is even better. It was done by Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney, who got nominated for one of those music awards that MTV still pointlessly gives out every year.
A few weeks back, Alex came out to the Cotton Candy Machine gallery/shop, in Brooklyn, to show off his tumors….and things that were mistaken for tumors!
Alexs art work is incredible. Its usually brightly colored, full of boils, squiggly lines, and little happy reoccurring characters that are always having an adventure within his own world. He works harder than anyone I’ve ever met, to constantly create something new in his own witty and vibrant style. His dedication to his work always shines through and is constantly evolving into something new. One of the things I love most about Alexs work is the way that he presents it. Alex goes above an beyond to always try and make an event that represents him, as memorable as possible for both novice observers and serious critics.
He’s thrown fake birthday parties equipped with balloons and pizza and a raffle drawings for prints. He even used to host weekly movie nights where he would paint something and give away prints of it, to coincide with the movie he chose to play that night.
He keeps his work fun, personal, sometimes random, and always beautiful with its own unique style. It very much reflects who he is as a person, in that way.
For this art show called “Tu’mor or not Tu’mor”, Alex started with the idea of embracing the fact that people tend to compare the weird lumpy monsters he creates, to tumors. He dressed up like talk show host Maury Povitch, covered his body in cancerous looking lumps, and curated his show of black sillouettes under the staged name “Tu’maury”. He turned his art show into a game show! People were brought up to guess if the painting they were about to see was a tumor or not, in order to win prizes.
For those who couldn’t make it out to the show, I constructed a video version so you can play at home!
We also made a little b&w zine of his tiny tumor characters that are also displayed in the gallery. I even got to add some characters of my own! The Tumor Town zines were given out to the first 150 people to show up to the shows opening.
I had a fun time helping him with the finishing touches of the show and taking photos through out the process. Some photos of which got shown off through fancy art sharers like Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose!
Alex did a recap of his show, on his own blog. I figured I’d share some photos I took from the week I got to linger around the Cotton Candy Machine until the wee hours of the morning, too!
Genavieve is an awesome makeup artist and was kind enough to spend her Saturday giving Alex his tumor.
I was also SO happy to see my Smo and James that night
This was the night I find out, through Smos beard, that even facial hair can form split ends!
All of the paintings, drawings, and wall mural from Alex Pardees show are on display at the Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NY until the end of the month. So if you feel like you’ve completely missed out, you haven’t yet!