December 6, 2015

Roll the Bones

Bower Bird is a new exhibition at Light Grey Art Lab all about our personal collections and obsessions. The last few years my obsession has been firmly rooted in tabletop games, and dice are among my favorite components. When I see a handful of translucent, bright dice I just want to pop them in my mouth like candy. Yet I resist.

Roll the Bones

This is a limited edition edition run of postcards with a spot varnish finish. You can grab this one and plenty more in the Light Grey Art Lab shop.

October 30, 2015

Carina

Tonight is the opening reception of the COSMOS exhibition at Light Grey Art Lab! If you're in the Minneapolis area, come visit from 7-10 PM!

I did a depiction of the Carina constellation, which symbolizes the keel of the Argo: the ship sailed by Jason and the Argonauts. The keel is the structural element of a ship around which everything else is built, and if it is damaged, the ship is all but lost.
COSMOS - Carina
Even if you can't make it tonight or during the run of the exhibition, you can grab yourself an AMAZING copy of the COSMOS Tarot & Oracle Deck for yourself! They're now shipping from the Light Grey Art Lab shop, and they are better than we could have even hoped.

Check out these gilded edges! Grab a copy here!

COSMOS Gilded Edge

I should note that for the installation, all the artwork has LED lights installed to highlight the underlying constellation, so it's going to be a really special show. Here's a sneak peak form set up last night.

COSMOS Light Grey Portait

September 4, 2015

COSMOS Tarot & Oracle Deck Pre-Sale!

COSMOS PRE-SALE

We've been cranking around the clock on our newest Light Grey Art Lab exhibition and publication, the COSMOS Tarot & Oracle Deck! COSMOS is a collaborative artist deck and guidebook that celebrates the modern constellations, planetary influences, and mythology of the night sky!

And I'm happy to say, it's now available for pre-order!

You can read more about the project, and see the first view of the project on the Light Grey Shop here.

COSMOS PRE-SALE

The limited edition COSMOS decks feature gilded edges and gold-foil constellations. The project contains 78 Tarot cards, and 22 Oracle cards, each with quick-reference keywords on the front of each card. The deck is interactive and includes a 150 page guide to how to read the Cosmos, instructions and guidance for eight different spreads, and information on the history, lore and symbolism for each subject.

Mark your calendars for the opening reception and project release on October 30th from 7-10pm. The COSMOS Exhibition will include a massive fiber-optic installation with all 100 pieces. It will be on display through November 27, 2015.

For more information about this project and the contributing artists, please visit www.lightgreyartlab.com/cosmos

August 16, 2015

Iceland 2015 Residency

Iceland 2015
I've just returned from hosting the Light Grey Art Lab's 2015 Iceland Residency! It was three amazing weeks in Iceland, one of my favorite places on the planet.

This year we hosted two back-to-back groups of 12 artists each. It was a crazy amount of work, but also a complete blast. Everyone was absolutely joy! I'm so thankful to be able to meet and travel with all these amazing people, and I honestly consider them all great friends. The hardest part of these trips is saying goodbye.

I'm not going to drone on and on, because honestly, between the Iceland Diaries, and all the content on the light grey art lab site, we've said plenty. But you can see their lovely faces below.

Iceland 2015 Team Moss
Hey, it's Team Moss!

Iceland 2015 Team Lichen
And there's Team Lichen!

Seriously, I hope to see all these wonderful people again...

March 30, 2015

Dream Arcade awarded Best Visual Design award at GlitchCon!

GlitchCon 2015
Huge news! This weekend we were honored to take home the award for Best Visual Design for Dream Arcade from MinneCade, a showcase of locally-made videogames at GlichCon! A massive congratulations to all the artists involved, and everyone who helped make Dream Arcade a reality! This is award belongs to each and every artist involved, you all earned it!

GlitchCon 2015
The awards were voted on by the public at GlitchCon. We had a hugely positive response to both Dream Arcade and Great Personality during the event, we were ecstatic that were were able to share and connect with so many people at the event. MinneCade was packed with incredibly talented creators, friendly faces, and beautiful, outstanding videogames (seriously, go check them out!), the thought of winning anything never crossed our minds!

GlitchCon 2015
It's not lost on us that a project with dozens of collaborators won an award voted on by an audience of hundreds of videogame fans and creators. Community is what Light Grey Art Lab is all about, and we couldn't be more humbled to win this award, and we want to thank everyone involved! Shout it from the rooftops!

GlitchCon 2015
On a personal note, one of the joys that being a part of Light Grey Art Lab brings is the opportunity to work on projects with outstanding people. Dream Arcade occupied a huge part of my 2014, and I'm happy to share part of my life with the people involved.

Speaking of which; make sure to check out everyone involved on here!

Congratulations!

March 20, 2015

The End

boss-rush-graphic
BOSS RUSH! opens tonight at Light Grey Art Lab. It's an exhibition that pays tribute to videogame's most memorable and beloved (or maybe, reviled) boss encounters. Of course this is exactly the type of show I can't resist taking part in, and after a lot of soul searching I knew I had to do The End from the PS2 classic Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

The End
The End has always resonated with me. Considered to be the Father of Sniping, The End is over 100 years old and rumored to be photosynthetic, meaning he can sit unmoving for an incredible amount of time, feeding off sunlight. He's strange, stoic, and ready to die. He's got a bird who calls him 'Grandpa' and he can bulge his eyes out of his head to peer through his sniper scope.

The battle against The End is an epic and thematic test of skill and patience, as any sniper battle should be. It all takes place in a massive section of the Sokrovenno forrest and uses all of the survival skills Snake Eater is known for; listening for audio clues (like snoring if The End happens to fall asleep), searching for telltale visual cues like the sunlight glinting off The End's sniper scope, or watching for The End's parrot as it flies to and fro alternating between spotting Snake and waking The End if he falls asleep.

Depending on your approach and patience, the battle with The End can take hours (although Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima originally envisioned it taking a week). But it's one of the most memorable boss battles I've ever played.

And if all that sounds like too much to handle, just turn the game off and wait. After a week of inactivity The End dies of old age and you sidestep the battle entirely.

Sneak peek of my BOSS RUSH! piece. Opens Friday at Light Grey Art Lab. Be there or be square.
Also, The End derives his name from his emotional state on the battlefield; total oblivion. How could anyone be cooler than that?

Go to Light Grey Art Lab's online BOSS RUSH! gallery to see over 100 pieces from the show, and head over to the Light Grey Art Lab shop to buy prints. BOSS RUSH! is on display in the gallery through Friday, April 11, and you can see a special on-the-road appearance at GlitchCon on Saturday, March 28.