Wednesday, July 17, 2013

And the winner is...

This video is of the official drawing for the original art of my recent Widespread Panic poster. There are  a few remaining here. This poster is now sold out.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Beatles: Rubber Soul 3D Album Cover

Rubber Soul
mixed media
The Beatles. Rubber Soul. What can I say? I guess I'll start with stating that my love for the Beatles is one of the many great things I inherited from my father. He gave me my artistic interest, my twisted sensibilities, and the ability to grow a beard as bad as Michael Jackson. I know everyone's dad loves The Beatles but mine has always (and to this day) COVERED his house in Beatles memorabilia. It's simply a way of life in the Shock household.  I'm certain he's currently wearing Beatles underwear...from 1963...not mint condition!

Over time I've come to appreciate some of the early stuff but as far as I'm concerned, they didn't become The Beatles until Rubber Soul. Among other things, John, Paul, George, and what's his name are shining examples of how to artistically develop. They started with the "please buy this record, girl" approach and established success, credentials, and therefore money and power. They didn't take their success and regurgitate the blue print which Im sure they were pressured to do. Instead they did it THEIR WAY. For some reason this is still extremely rare. They sold out at first and then musically progressed. They're the anti-Metallica if you will. Ok Im ranting...the point is their work drastically changed direction with this album in 1965. The sophistication in song writing as well as musical advancements and harmonic brilliance started a run of albums that shall never be paralleled in musical genius.

I was asked to contribute to Bottleneck Gallery's Where's My Mind ? exhibit: a study in all things mind blowing. The beauty of a Bottleneck show is the room for interpretation. Some interpreted that as anything psychedelic or M. Night Shyamalan-y. Though this album is not that, it was a bold move and the result was it changed music forever. Considering the music being produced at the time, Rubber Soul was (and still is) mind blowing!

This is a 19x19" mixed media sculpture that will officially become available on Thursday, July 11th. Bottleneck will have an online preview Thursday (8-9pm EST), the show opens in Brooklyn on Friday, and if it's still around it'll be available online Saturday at noon (EST).

Monday, July 8, 2013

Widespread Panic -- 4th of July Weekend Poster

It is with great pleasure that I present my first poster design for Widespread Panic. It's for their 3 night, 4th of July weekend run in Wyoming. The poster is an 18x24", 4 color screen print and is a limited edition of 250.

I have a small number of artist proofs available for $30 here. I will also be giving away the original 18x24" inked drawing of this design with one of the purchases made this week (July 8-12). Basically if you buy a poster, your name will be put into a hat. If you ALSO "like" my studio Facebook page, your name will be put in twice. Here's a link to my studio Facebook page if interested:

State of Shock Studios Facebook

If your Facebook name is different from the name on your order, please mention it in a note while checking out or send me an email (thestateofshock[AT]yahoo).

This poster sold out and is no longer available.