Here at Infectious we’re a big fan of trompe l’oeil designs – artwork that tricks your eye and makes your friends do a double take when you get your iPhone out and put it on the table in a bar. So we challenged our community of artists to channel the phrase “Transformers: Devices in Disguise and design a laptop, iPhone or iPod skin that would conceal the identity of the device underneath it.
We saw some dynamite submissions but these were the ones that buckled our knees and tickled our funny bone…
Back slaps and $750 are awarded to Estera Kecek and her whimsical card design Let’s Play. Brownie points also go to our runners up Michael Tesch for his homage to a certain classic controller with Infectious ES, to Greg Koenig and his strum-tastic iAcoustic and Dennis McNulty for kickin‘ it old school with his Supertape Cassette.
Congratulations to all the winners and a huge thank you to all those who shared their imaginative ideas with us!
We did something a little special for this week’s launch – we asked one of our favorite artists Ray Frenden to curate it.
Infectious invited him to come up with a theme and to ask four of his artist buddies to create brand new artworks to go across device skins and art prints. No holds barred. Conveniently, he was in the middle of joining a newly formed collective called Falsehorse Art, so they all banded together and dreamed up the motif of “infected”.
The inspiration behind these pieces is, shall we say, diverse… From the adventure films of the 70’s and 80’s, to Smurfs, to Brian Froud’s movie set design on Dark Crystal, to psychedelic cacti, to good ol’ fashioned gore-infested Z-movies.
Check out Ray Frenden’s Infected, Alejandro Fuentes’ Droplets, Drout759’s Dances with Peyote, Miguel Cervantes’ There’s Blood Underneath That Skin and evANIMAL’s Dr. Diablo and the Escape From Infectious Island.
Today we welcome two new pieces to the catalog. Together As One and Chosen Destiny are two artworks recently created by San Francisco fine artist Erik Otto under the umbrella of his collective New Leaf. Erik is currently the Artist in Residence at Recology San Francisco (aka our Dump) where he has been recycling, repurposing and generally making beauty out of our waste. The art and the installation he created during his four month stint is being exhibited this weekend. Check out his blog for details.
This week’s Open Submission winning design Suspension is from the oh so talented Kelly McKernan. The original watercolor piece had string sewn into it and was inspired by a mix tape of songs by Emily Haines, Regina Spektor and Asobi Seksu. Kelly is an Atlanta based artist who is also part of the Cheap Paper artist collective. She will soon be showing her work at the Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. And for all of you in the ATL, Kelly is currently prepping for a solo show at Beep Beep Gallery. Don’t miss it! Check out www.kellymckernan.com for more details.
We are importing this week’s Open Submission winner straight from New Zealand. Nope, it’s not a sheep, it’s Paul Shih and his Heavy Metal Panda God “Pandara” rocking out in the design, Hollow Threat. The artwork started off life back in 2007 as a Punk Rock themed concept, inspired by the band Minor Threat. But the idea never quite gelled for Shih. In early 2009 he made the connection between pandas and Heavy Metal’s affinity for unsubtle eyeliner and Pandara was born. Check him shreddin’ his guitar in this promo video for Shih’s matching vinyl toy character.
Infectious will be taking a short break from launching new designs until 2010. We hope your New Year’s celebrations are filled with as much head banging, fire breathing and axe wielding as Paul’s panda characters. Have a rocking holidays!
Infectious is a little hot and bothered as we announce this week’s catalog launch from Dennis McNulty. His pieces, titled Zoe 1981 and Medcalf 1981, were inspired by the iconic pin-up artists Zoë Mozert and Bill Medcalf. It all started when a six year old Dennis stumbled upon his Father’s stash of vintage Playboy magazines. Although he was a little unsettled by the photographs in the magazine, he was strangely transfixed by the drawings of pin-up models nestled amongst the advertisements for cars, cigarettes, and bachelorwear. An artist was born and years later we see the fruit of his creative labor with work from his most recent show, 1981 Pervert. With his latest additions to the Infectious catalog, Dennis holds true to the urban inspired aesthetic that he is known for while still keeping us guessing as he expertly combines retro and modern imagery with iconic dames of years past.
We’re adding a twang of Rock and Roll to our catalog today with the addition of renowned Southern rock and roll poster artist Jermaine Rogers. He’s created concert posters from everyone from The Shins, to Morrissey, to Radiohead. Today he shares with us two pieces of art featuring his trademark bunny that started off life as Foo Fighter posters. Aleppin Sane riffs off of Bowie’s legendary Aladdin Insane cover. The Clash’s London Calling album cover was the trigger for Jermaine’s Smash artwork. In the words of the man himself: “Culture is hijacked over and over again and I’m proud to do my little insignificant part in the process. I find it kind of comforting that absolutely nothing is ‘new’. We’re all fake.”