For the Record

“…I’ve committed to nothing…and that’s just suicide…by tiny, tiny increments.” – Nick Hornby, (High Fidelity)

High Fidelity, the movie based on the book by Nick Hornby, was a bit of a disappointment when I watched it in my early twenties.  The main character, Robert, the owner of a record shop, didn’t seem to have any redeeming qualities.  Despite his witty observations of life, he gave little to deserve any compassion or love shown to him.  Watching movies about people dealing with the stumbles of their thirties while being in your optimistic twenties can be a remote experience.  When I encountered my thirties I found myself revisiting this movie again, really out of a cosmic recognition that it was time to give it another go.  Robert was still a selfish arsehole but I now understood he didn’t know how not to be one.  The small incremental shifts he made; which really frustrated me when I first watched the movie, now were the same changes I hoped for.  I empathised with the pathetic ways in which he held onto his convictions and came to terms with the knowledge that I, and perhaps we, are often selfish arseholes.

Growing older may not make everything clearer but at least it can broaden the movies we connect with, however, I  now struggle to listen to listen to “wisdom” from musicians younger than me.  With the absence of sages and gurus in our lives, it is fortunate that we have writers, movie makers and entertainers marking out our life stages.

“I’m very good at the past. It’s the present I can’t understand.” – Nick Hornby, (High Fidelity)

Note: This post could easily be written in relation with the movie Clerks II but I wouldn’t know which scenes I’d dare compare myself with.

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Christian Graphics

This is an artwork I created for an Easter exhibition held recently.  I’ll leave it to you to guess which station of the Easter story this represents.

I’ve been pretty inspired by “new-retro” graphics for this piece, as the designers are seeking succinct but inventive ways to communicate things we find familiar.  Similarly, the more complex the message I’m  challenged to communicate, the more minimal my work seems to become.

The account of Jesus’ crucifixion is always highly emotive and difficult to convey without familiar sentimentality.  At times, this powerful moment in history can loose it’s impact because of this.  I hope you might find a fresh idea in this piece and forgive my cheekiness.

May you find this Easter a little unfamiliar.

Almost Famous

Check out this link from OOBJECT detailing a history of failed gaming consoles.

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A legacy of crushed marketing aspirations pining for geek love.   Which ones did you own?

On the topic of geek love, I was sorry to see that the Nintendo Powerglove was not here; though it was more of a controller.  I really wanted one of these as a kid… despite not owning a Nintendo Entertainment System.  Think of it as the great grandfather of the Nintendo Wii system.

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Please check out this classic clip featuring none other than Fred (Wonder Years) Savage to understand this desire.  The movie is called “The Wizard”.