Friday, July 12, 2013

Better Than Goofy Golf

Here's a new piece called "Better Than Goofy Golf" that I did for the new show at the Bottleneck Gallery, Where Is My Mind?
I chose to do a piece based on Spielberg's classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind because, besides my Spielberg obsession, it's a marvelous movie and is a prime example of a director at his peak of ambition and creativity. 

Because it's such a visually iconic movie, I wanted to do one of those well-known moments while staying away from Devils Tower and the arrival of the Sky Harbor at the end. I wanted to show the initial moment in which the aliens make contact with Neary in his truck that sets off his obsession throughout the story.

What was especially fun for me was getting all of the details right in the truck. I found out (via the Internet Movie Cars Database) that Roy drives a 1975 Ford F-250 for his job at Indiana Dept. of Water & Power. I dove into research and found some great images of everything from the grill to the side mirrors to the chrome details on the side. Unlike most of my work, I did this one entirely in Photoshop. I'm not sure if that's a direction I'll stick with, as I just love inking too much, but I feel like it was a great exercise for me.
The show is running at the Bottleneck Gallery at 60 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249 from Friday July 12th through the 26th.  A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to Teach For America. 
Work from the show is for sale online HERE

"Better Than Goofy Golf" is available as a 13x19" limited edition giclee print through the Bottleneck Gallery at
Printed 300 gsm fine art rag.