When my pal Chris Mitchell asked if I could contribute something to the group show he was putting on at his new store Q Pop I was all over it. He always was a good egg, lots of fun and a genuine dude, for reals. I’m used to hipsters acting ironic and cynical, and The Critchell is anything but. He’s a guy worth making time for. His store opened before Christmas, so go check it out if you’re in LA!
So what the hell was I gonna do? Had no idea. The idea was to do something on ‘What is Q?’. Well, that’s easy. It’s him & his lovely GF.
First thing I did was scour for images. I pulled one or two off his FB page, some from his Flickr set and kluged them together to this mess. Chris is just a weird looking dude. I had to use him. His lovely GF might not think an effed up drawing of her would be funny, either. So I stuck to the boy:
Don’t really remember what exactly I did to get it, but I know a happy accident when I see one. Andrea Rinaldo, an artist down the hall from my studio, does some cool stuff using Japanese paper and resin, so I was toying with the idea of coating this image with some kind of clear coat, pasting it to wood somehow. Here’s her stuff, I like it:
Turns out the resin is a chemical combo of a couple of buckets of goop and you need a blowtorch. Too involved, I’m strapped for time as usual. So I experimented with a workaround, and that, my friends, took some messing around. And a few trips to Jason Alexander’s store in town.
Here’s what it looked like originally – it’s a Photobooth image, so it’s not too hot, but you get the idea. On a 9 x 12 board, a little bigger than the 8.5 x 11 Chris had asked for, but as close as I could get:
Here’s what happened after I printed the images out onto some Avery clear labels (to give me some translucency and to see the wood grain beneath), stuck ’em down and poured some self-leveling acrylic medium over it:
Totally disintegrated it! Like, ate it. Weird. I pulled up some of the shapes just to see if the bond was loose enough for me to save the board, but it was stuck to the bare wood like glue.
Naturally, that was the last board I could get my hands on that was the right size for the show. Dammit. So I had to go one size up (sorry Critchell) and get another glaze on. So I grabbed a clear coat varnish spray and used it out on the deck. I also had to use up the negative space differently to accommodate the new shape, so I stuck in some of our mutual friend and co-worker’s work. Justin K Thompson had designed almost everything for ‘Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs’, including fonts! So I glommed those and stuck ’em in for an inside joke, kinda.
So, the 3D Q Pop logo is exploding from Critchell’s head and a 2D version lurks behind him, in the form of a font that was created for ‘Cloudy’ where we worked together and I met these guys. Klunky concept, but it works for me!
Here’s the results:
Unfortunately, some snow got under the varnish and caused some bubbling. But what’s the point of sending something from Canada to LA without packing in some of the magic?
Anyways, I’m sure the show will be totally amazing. That Critchell knows a lot of hotshots, so it’s an honour to make a fool of myself in their company. I’m toying with the idea of going to LA just for the opening of the show, but the cost of flying a family of 4 is making me rethink it. But you never know!
I’ll post some links to pics of the opener after it happens. In the meantime, here’s more on Q Pop and all it’s awesomeness. I wanna shop there myself.