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Sunnyside Space Invaders / Santa Cruz, CA (200 Series)

$200.00

Medium: Oil/Acrylic/Water Sketch + Xylene Manipulated Transfer

Substrate: 1.4MB 3.5 Floppy Disk Formatted for Sony Mavica 1 Megapixel Film Roll

Mavica Data: This was one of my first weeks in Santa Cruz, staying with the guys Matt and Eric, whom I had met a year prior while stuck in Raleigh. One picture is of Matt and Eric slow waltzing in our kitchen. The 2nd photo is of Matt’s new boyfriend at the time…. they got matching Hedwig tattoos that night. I believe his name was Matt and he was from Detroit. He ended up becoming a famous artist, changed his name to Sandy, and moved to LA where I hear he’s doing quite well. This is circa 2001.

Size: The “200 Series” for Cowboy Wasabi are built onto a 5 x 5  background encased in a 6.25 x 6.25 frame. Both the art, background, and frame are hand drawn + triple poly sealed.

Extras: Each piece comes with a placard containing series information, film roll images + their stories.

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Series Information: For graduating college in the late nineties, I received a piece of revolutionary technology called a ‘digital camera’. The first one out in the market was a Sony Mavica, which was a ONE MEGAPIXEL heavy brick of a device on a sling that used 3.5 floppy disks as film. The idea that you could take a picture and IMMEDIATELY see what you had taken was such an amazing concept to me. For years this device was glued to me as I obsessively documented various people and places. Even after new tech evolved to memory cards and better resolution, I still kept using this camera because I had a nostalgic attachment to it and the way it kept data on 3.5 floppies. Twenty years later, while uploading these disks to my laptop one final time, I decided to reincarnate them into paintings. In all the art I do, I try and find new ways to create an integral connection between us through stories. I figured painting on a substrate of memorial data was a great way to achieve this. Each piece contains the photos I took while living in Atlanta, Philly, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, and beyond. This series, “Cowboy Wasabi”, is named over my first digital picture taken, which was an awkward selfie while wearing a cowboy hat in a sushi restaurant somewhere around Atlanta in 1999.

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6.25 × 6.25 × 0.5 in
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