Pursuit of the Blog.

A new personal project will necessitate the illustration of the P-Funk Mythology. A friend inspired me to do this, and I think it will be worth my while. Will be different than anything that I've ever done. The P-Funk mythology is a group of recurring fictional characters, themes and ideas related in a series of concept albums and live shows, primarily from George Clinton and his founded bands Parliament and Funkadelic. All musicians in the same pool are involved (James Brown's backing bands, the JB's, and the Soul G's.)

The idea of the illustration project was derived from the the first track on the Mothership Connection album, P FUNK, which concerns a DJ character who inspired the Lollypop Man or the Long Haired Sucker. Frustrated that radio stations refused to play his songs, he invented his own station, W-E-F-U-N-K. Other characters will be dealt with later, and I'd like to pursue more research, Funky tune listening, but I'm fascinated by the names of the characters:

1. Starchild, the divine alien being
2. Dr. Funkenstein, the intergalactic master of outerspace Funk, capable of fixing all of man's ills
3. Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk, attempts to end the funk because he's too cool to dance, master of the Placebo Syndrome which causes unFunkiness (combination of stupidity and no dancing.)

These characters also belong on P-Funk's Motor Booty Affair, Gloryhallastoopid, and Trombipulation.

Funkadalic albums are a bit more abstract, telling the mythology of Fnkdadelic as a socially conscious spiritualism. We'll see, it's what I have thus far.


Nova Projecta.

Chimp Haven: Corporate Identity and Donation Campaign
Remodeling: Research and Photos

...Entering the Portal.



Decided to keep this blog up until I graduate. Sort of keeps me sane? Working on Senior Thesis. Developing collateral for the Essomenic gallery brand. Work has been done on calendar. Now for shopping bag, poster, banner, graphic standards. Let's see if I'll survive.


be a fly on the wall

Alan suggested I dig deeper into Shepard Fairey's motives now that he classified my poster under the Fairey campaign option provided in our assignment.
Read A LOT. Here's what I got from it.

For the Image:
-Orwellian Quality contrasting with Goofy Andre the Giant.
-Initially it started as simple mischief, sticker that solely said Andre the Giant has a posse.
-Goofy, Creepy, Humorous, Monolithic
-The counter-culture Big Brother- a sign that people are watching big brother as well
-Artists he mentions- Revs (Graffiti?)
-Building on Warhol.
-Pleasurable image though it's nonsensical.
-Could be an underground cult reference for Paranoids or Conservatives
-For the Consumptive viewer, owning a sticker provides belonging qualities, a souvenir, keepsake, momento. Comforting because it has cultural resonance.
-People who want to be rebellious. Underground quality- anti-establishment, societal convention.
-Pow(ER) posters pay homage to Roy Lichtenstein. emPOWERment.

For the Message:
-Ambiguity gets under people's skin because they don't know what to make out of it (Same 'temptation of meaning' Zizek talks about.)
-Fucking with the program in a society dominated by corporate imagery.
-The medium is the message- illegally placing something in the public's right of way. the act itself makes it political.
-Expression without bureaucracy is why he chose the street. Tax-payers are the bosses of government acc. to Fairey.
-People do the opposite of what they're told.
-Blowing "their" cover.
-People exaggerate everything.
-Phenomenology- process of letting things manifest themselves- things that are taken for granted are revealed.
-Reawakens the sense of wonder about one's environment
-Question the sticker and your surroundings- people aren't used to propaganda for which the motive isn't obvious.
-OBEY-no actual meaning, but causes people to react, contemplate, search for its meaning

Random words:
-The silent people
-Complete inevitability of supply and demand economics in a capitalist society

He worries about the quality of information in an age where "faster" seems to trump "better"-EARWAX!!
Don't need anymore distractions.
Deterioration of thoughtful communication- Neal Gabler from SUNDAY LA Times, mentions Marshall McLuhan-"the medium is the message"
So here's where I am with words.
Cut it out. Expect Delay. Bleached by meaningless gestures. Surrealist hat. To Question. I'm with Stupid Arrow. Wall-e Robot. The Flock- Becoming one of the flock- birds. Don't settle. Go for it. Push. Distraction. Distracted. David Dumb. David Boring. #$@&!

Patrick Leger illustrations
Queen of Hearts.
Queen of Hurts.
Fooling some of the people all of the time.
Spagetti? Earwax.
Tire-tired. Rubber-rubbish. An inanimate tire.
Tape your mouth. Random oblique strategy.
Put in earplugs. Earplugs?... Sticker earplugs to paste on anything that is bs.
Ignorance breeds ignorance.
LSTN listen
Accept and Proceed.
Peter Seville
Thanks for nothing.
Blah blah blah.
In __________ we trust.
oscillator-word that can be read in two ways.
My head is full of stuff I don't understand. Stop being predictable.
The clown----Is this a joke
This is a lie
Make people think
Careful, this is poison

Looking but not seeing- posting where's waldo everywhere. Chuckle, fart.

Barbara Kruger, how did you do it!?!