In the visionary arts community, few have paved the path for new artists like the legendary Andrew “Android” Jones. His digital painting prowess pioneered the way for cross-media creatives to merge and blend textures on canvas, domes and in VR. He’s even projected his art onto the side of skyscrapers to feed the furnaces of compelling discourse.
He describes his signature style of blended textures and art as ‘electromineralism’ with a touch of ‘popshamanism’. From Burning Man to the Renwick Gallery (and so much more), Android Jones’s scintillating creative talents were forged in the fires of Industrial Light and Magic, a company owned by George Lucas. They were honed further when he started his own company called Massive Black. In a recent video by the Smithsonian Institute he explained the exhibit he showcased at the Renwick which included dual VR rigs so folks could immerse themselves in 360 degrees of his imagination.
He also has been delivering an immersive dome experience, Samskara. In it, he blends indigenous mythology, tribal elements, transhumanist symbols, storytelling with a lense of abstract realism, and the sort of energetic illustration that seems to push the boundaries of perceptibility. You can check out both videos at the bottom of the post!
For a snapshot of his creative delights churned out by the factory of his mind over the years, we’ve gathered 20 of his most eye-catching, brain-bending art.
It’s a ride for your eyes, so buckle up and enjoy!
All artwork and photography provided courtesy of the Android Jones.
Bob Ross was an American painter and television host who spent over ten years teaching people that everyone can be an artist in his TV show called The Joy of Painting. To this day Ross is remembered as an incredibly wholesome person, and his quote “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents” perfectly describes the message he was trying to send.
Recently, one Imgur user going under the nickname of roguerpi created a post about her friend Joan. She explained how Joan’s day job was managing Bob Ross’ collected works and staffing an 800 number for people who want to call and talk about the artist.
In her post, roguerpi shared photos from the first Bob Ross exhibition ever held on the East Coast. It was hosted in the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center in Purcellville, Virginia, and the tickets sold out so fast, the organizers had to release more.
“[Joan] recently donated some of his art to the Smithsonian, but it’s unclear when they’ll put it on display. So she had a show at the local park in their small studio,” writes the Imgur user.
The place was so crowded, roguerpi had to watch a documentary for a whole hour before there was room to enter the actual show.
The exhibition displays the original paintings Ross painted during his years as a television host.
Ross got into painting when he was transferred to Alaska during his years in the Air Force. Originally from Florida, the painter was mesmerized by the nature around him. The snow, the mountains – everything was new and the nature scenes he saw made it into his paintings.
Ross eventually returned to Florida but continued to regularly visit the Bob Ross Inc. headquarters in Northern Virginia. He was quite fond of antiques and occasionally visited Purcellville looking for some. “It’s quite poetic that his first major exhibit would be in Purcellville,” said Joan Kowalski, President, Bob Ross Inc.
One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!
With WantedDesign 2019about to get underway in two distinct venues—Wanted Brooklyn at Industry City (May 16-20) and Wanted Manhattan at Terminal Stores (May 18-21)—we asked co-founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat about the fair’s theme, its new student design awards, and the second year of its bespoke Look Book at the Manhattan edition. The duo, both born in France, worked in the design and art fields before founding WantedDesign in 2011 to coincide with ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in New York. The event is now an integral part of the annual NYCxDESIGN calendar.
Interior Design: How would you describe the 2019 theme of “Conscious Design” in the context of the Manhattan and Brooklyn editions of WantedDesign?
Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat: In 2018, “Conscious Design” was defined as a leading theme to present sustainable projects that foresee what the future can be, if supported by creative vision and smart decisions. In 2019, the notion of conscious design will be encouraged and more widely highlighted in the WantedDesign programming as it is an urgent and essential matter. Protecting the environment, achieving reasonable consumption, and reducing waste are all issues that designers face on their daily tasks to create our homes and our work spaces, in addition to bringing beauty to healthier living.
Facing climate change, evaluating the impact we have on our planet and on civilization itself, falls now more than ever under the scope of responsibilities of all designers and creatives at large. As event organizers, we have the opportunity to have a voice; these are issues that we want to address specifically and that we implement in the way we build the show itself in encouraging our exhibitors to embrace a zero-waste approach when producing their installation. Last year we were able to reduce our waste by 50 percent, and in 2019 our policy is the first item in the contract we send to our exhibitors.
The 2019 edition will challenge design professionals with original exhibits and showcases in order to forge their inspiration when drawing our future. Both destinations, Manhattan and Brooklyn, will include numerous educational (and fun) activities such as workshops, demos, and talks for the visitors and participants to connect, share, learn, and discover what should come next.
ID: What can student designers attending WantedDesign this year expect to gain from the different programming of the Brooklyn and Manhattan editions?
OH and CP: WantedDesign Brooklyn will have the Factory Floor dedicated to the Schools exhibit, with 30 schools coming from all over the world (France, China, Mexico, El Salvador, England, the United States, etc.). Now this show is becoming a not-to-be-missed destination to discover young talent. For the students, it’s a stepping stone to build up their professional network, which we know is essential.
Students will benefit directly from our ever-growing number of visitors, including design professionals and manufacturers. This year, for the first time, we have organized a jury to award the best design-student projects. It’s a way to highlight and support them even more. The jury will be led by Avinash Rajagopal, editor in chief of Metropolis, and includes Ayse Birsel, co-founder of Birsel + Seck; Andrea Lipps, assistant curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; and Jonsara Ruth, co-founder and design director of Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design.
Five Awards will be given to the following: Best Original Concept and Design, Best Sustainable Solution, Best Project with Social Impact, Best Ready-to-be-Implemented-or-Produced (Project or Product), and Best Conscious Design Project (that unites three of the four previous criteria). Those five students will benefit from special promotion, and this review is a chance to show their project to professionals who can help with constructive criticism and a real eye for design.
We are also hosting various activities and programming that will be learning experiences for the students. For schools, we are really building opportunities of exchange and partnerships, which is essential.
Lastly, we are partnering again with AIGANY to host the 3rd Spring Wanted Job Fair. It’s a “speed dating” format, not portfolio review, offering a chance for young designers to meet with creative firms.
ID: What can members of the trade attending WantedDesign this year expect to gain from the different programming of the Brooklyn and Manhattan editions?
OH and CP: In Manhattan, we always have a great presence of group exhibits from all over the world. This is really a unique feature of our show. This is how we share original design, new ideas, new material, new potential collaborations. Visitors will meet with Polish, Egyptian—for the first time in the U.S., and it’s a large group of 13 designers—Canadian, Mexican, and Colombian designers.
It’s also the second year of Look Book, a program dedicated to the promotion of the best high-end designers and makers in North America. This section of the show targets interior designers and architects who are looking for talented designers/makers with unique know-how to create bespoke pieces.
In the Launch Pad program, visitors will discover a large selection of 33 international designers, in two categories, furniture and lighting, who have a product ready to be launched in the U.S. market and are looking for the right partner to do it.
Wanted Interiors will explore the Future of Water/Bathroom 2025, a research project resulting from a collaboration between a team from Pratt Accelerator and the American Standard creative team, which is sponsoring this program. It involves how to change behaviors when using water, new scenarios and new ways to build bathroom for a sustainable urban living.
Last but not least, our talk series presented by DesignMilk and Clever is also a great focus for people who want to use WantedDesign as a resource and networking platform.