I was fortunate enough to go see the Llyn Foulkes’ retrospective at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Of all his paintings the series that caught my attention were his bloody portraits. This series, composed of paint, wood, clothing, and assorted materials, was perhaps inspired by the violent images he saw growing up during WWII or in his time in Korea. The bloody portraits are not only visually shocking, they also contain subtle criticisms on American politics and society. This practice evolved and become more prevalent in his later works, which marked a turning point in Faulkes’ career as an artist.
Next Gen Consumers
This year’s E3 came and went and left us with two next gen consoles (I really hope the WiiU is just a bridge to Nintendo’s next console) that will continue to shape the future of gaming.
I have to say that both console announcements left me with a distinct taste in my mouth, especially because we saw a clear distinction between the attitude Microsoft and Sony have towards the consumer. I have never owned an Xbox but I always saw it as a great system that provided healthy competition to the market. However, this time around I was truly shocked at the way Microsoft handled their new system in comparison to Sony and even Nintendo.
Microsoft decided to push the loyalty of their consumer base to the limit. Clearly flirting with a new demographic on their first announcement of the Xbox One (they showed no games at all), and by not getting their stuff together in regards to always-on internet and used games policies.
I was hoping they would reconsider and surprise us all at E3 by throwing out such unpopular policies such as the 24-hour online check-in and over complicated method of sharing games. Instead they decided to go full steam ahead, push the Kinect down the throat of the consumer, and introduce the Xbox at a higher price point.
Companies like Microsoft, EA, Adobe, among others, have taken it upon themselves to convince the consumer that actually owning things is a thing of the past. They are trying to convince us that lending us their property will be more convenient and beneficial in the long run. Perhaps it is our fault for not being visionary enough but I simply cannot see the benefit of having a console that makes me check-in online so that I can continue to play my games or that marries my game library to my account to make it harder to share or sell the games I bought.
Unlike these companies, I believe the next gen consumer is smarter than there are given credit for, and I’m glad they are making themselves heard. Sony has a tremendous opportunity thanks to this. Sure, I can do without their fixation on social media and PS+ for multiplayer but at least I know that will be optional. At least I know I will retain some control over the way I play and use the games and system I purchase.
bhushita asked: Dear Jorge, i did read your bio, and am interested to know more about you, : ) I did use your business card as a reference for this little design work that i had to do. I'm kind of very impressed by your work. have a delightful day : )
Hey Bhushita, it’s nice to hear from you. I’ve been so bad, been away from Tumblr for some time. Been out of the country and busy over-all, but please do ask me anything, any time. Thank you for your compliments! Even though I’m a photographer I’ve always loved the arts and the power of design to make this sometimes harsh and depressing life a bit more tolerable. Take care, talk to you later :D
Hello! It would be so great to see you Saturday April 20 at the Helms Bakery Building in Culver City CA for APA’s Off the Clock Exhibit where my work wil be on display. It’s the only night the work of 100 selected artists will be on display before it departs to advertising agencies TBWA/Chiat/Day and Deutsch. If you live in or near Los Angeles it would be really awesome if you could make it so we can meet. Take a look at my About section to get a glimpse of my face so you can find me!
Malaysian artist/architect Hong Yi likes to play with her food. She set out to create fun illustrations made with food, using a white plate as her backdrop. She has created beautiful landscapes, narratives, animals and homages to pop culture in this fantastic series that appears to be ongoing. Can’t wait to see more!