middle school crushes
David Jien (USA)
- RIDE OR DIE, 2010, color pencil, graphite, gouache on paper, 11x21.5in (27.9x54.6cm)
- THE WHO RIDERS, 2010, color pencil, graphite and goldleaf on paper, 14x25in (35.6x63.5cm)
- YELLOW FEVER, 2010, 12.5 x 19.5 Inches, Color pencil, gouache, graphite and gold leaf on paper
- HURRAH 4 US!, 2011, color pencil, graphite and gouache on paper, 11x20.5in (27.9x52.1cm)
- BREAKERS, SHAKERS AND TAKERS, 2011, color pencil, graphite, silverleaf and holographic film on paper, 14x22.5in (35.6x57.2cm)
David Jien’s art takes visitors into a world filled with adventure, danger and sex. Old-fashioned romance simmers beneath the surfaces of the 30-year-old’s super-cool drawings, suffusing their action-packed dramas with unexpected tenderness. Artist’s works on paper tell his life story — not literally, like so much of the self-infatuated navel-gazing that digital technology makes possible, but with a more generous, user-friendly mix of poetic license, youthful excess, dreamy passion and labor-intensive devotion. Jien treats the facts of his biography — first-generation Taiwanese American, veteran tagger who spent time in jail and recent art school graduate — as raw material for the fantastic stories that unfold in his pictures. Inspired by such disparate sources as Nintendo, Persian miniatures, Chinese scrolls, Homer, Chaucer, Stanley Kubrick, Roald Dahl, Henry Darger and Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jien’s art brings far-flung elements into a form-savvy epic that is familiar and formidable and a thrill to get lost in. (see more: David Pagel reviews David Jien’s “The Plight of the Who” at Richard Heller Gallery)
© All images courtesy of the artist
90s aimless youths and a great soundtrack you say? I’ll take it.
Half-Cocked (1994) Dir. Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley
Milhouse From Memory
Milhouse From Memory is an 84-page A5 book/zine, comprising of 78 drawings. I asked friends, illustrators and internet people to draw Milhouse Van Houten from memory, without any reference. The zine is a collection of those images, ranging from the terrifying to terrific. Featured illustrators include: Olly Moss, Kali Ciesemier, Ping Zhu, Rose Blake, Tyler Landry, Ben Sears, Ryan Humphrey and Brian Butler. Featuring an afterword by friend & writer Jen Scoble.
Filmed at my studio during the creation of the drawing titled “Woodland Birthing Mound” in 2013
Your Face | 1987 | dir. Bill Plympton