September 11th, 2012 | Purvis
When nearly everyone can and does play some type of videogame, and when films about superheroes top global charts, is it even necessary to define what “geeks” and “gamers” are anymore? In Hyper #228, Daniel Golding discusses what it means to reach “Peak Geek”.
August 18th, 2012 | Purvis
If you love 80s and 90s action movies, bad horror films, retro-future computer graphics (like the one above from The Fly) and all things rad then you’ll need to checkout my new Tumblr: Mission Improbable.
And to celebrate, feel free to download the nuclear background at 1920 x 1080 px. Rock!
August 2nd, 2012 | Purvis
Opening Friday 10 August is the GuitarART exhibition, hosted by the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Greenroom initiative. This unique exhibition will feature 10 custom-arted guitars by a selection of South Australian artists. I am privileged to have been included in this rabble in order to celebrate the Australian International Guitar Festival 2012.
Provided with a cheap-ass guitar, it has been my pleasure to tear off its neck, peel back its skin, rip out its throat, then sculpt its tattered corpose into a filthy, stinking, hideous, one-eyed, mohawked, stomping, punk purple people eater. Oi!
As part of the bargain, I’m keeping a fairly detailed account of the epic misadventure via via Hipstagram, Tweeter and Bookface. Please, keep track of the developments by following one of the social media thingos below:
I’ve till Monday 6 August to complete the project, and I still need a few more coats of paper mache, paint, hair and skin latex to molest before then—this weekend promises to be only too entertaining.
I’ll post a full recount of the process here once the exhibition has also gone live.
The image above, and the images below, are the result of some playing around while deconstructing the body of the guitar. You can find these photos and more by following any of the social media accounts above.
July 30th, 2012 | Purvis
July 30th, 2012 | Purvis
Newcastle’s artist-run gallery, ARThive, are hosting their first videogame themed exhibition POWER UP! opening this Sunday 5 August. I’ll be featuring two print works for sale, including the recent Hyper #227 illustration ‘The View’ in a nice oversized A3 poster size, and ‘The Infinite Game’. The latter of which represents my endless battle with food and health via a sprinting formless television-headed blob.
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RSVP at the Facebook page and check the event details below:
WHERE: ARThive. Level 1/111 Hunter St Newcastle
WHEN: Sunday August 5 from 2pm
ARThive is an artist-run exhibition and studio space located in Newcastle’s Hunter Street Mall, established with the help of RENEW Newcastle.
Why not checkout RENEW Adelaide while you’re at it?
July 25th, 2012 | Purvis
When wandering into a new city it is easy to become disorientated, even with a map. The hustle and bustle of street life, fuelled by an eternal shuffle of pedestrians, the rush of traffic and bleeping of taxi horns, cyclists, alley-ways, footpath eateries, parks, trams and busses, buildings of various sizes and shapes and infinite uses, can cause havoc to the virgin mind. It is after ascending above this chaos to the height of clouds that we are gifted with true sight—the layout of the city becomes apparent from the designers mighty perspective and we are able to fathom the intricacies of the onslaught below as it condenses into decipherable streams.
Then, of course, you could be lucky enough to find yourselves in cities such as Adelaide, Melbourne or Christchurch, which are built on a simple square grid.
This is ‘The View’ in Hyper Magazine #227 and is, without a doubt, one of my favourite illustrations to date. I’ve switched from using a biro to a mid-sized sable brush with black ink and I’m not sure I’ll be going back to the biro anytime soon.
July 19th, 2012 | Purvis
Since converting to Google Chrome as the primary web-browser on my early-2012 MacBook Pro, I’ve experienced issues with text corruption on some websites, and particularly when using Twitter and the WordPress backend. Take a gander at the image below for an example.
Searches online failed to reveal any suitable fixes. In fact, most people had absolutely no idea what I was talking about, and many told me to quit using Chrome (a predictable response). By accident, I’ve stumbled upon a quick solution: Increase the text size.
For Macs, this involves tapping Command + (Plus) key until the text is readable. I’m assuming for PCs the function is Control + (Plus) key. Command (Control) + 0 (zero) returns text to correct size.
And voila. Hope this helps those of you out there also searching for a solution.
July 16th, 2012 | Purvis
Thanks to Laura Syme (awesome designer friend) for reminding me of this self-portrait I did in early 2010. Late nights thinking are still a regular occurrence.
Side note: Experiencing massive déjà vu right now, watching Ross Kemp’s ‘On Gangs’. All the time man, all the time.
July 14th, 2012 | Purvis
Friday afternoon, dad took me to lunch at the Hackney Hotel for a catch-up following his recent tour of Queensland with mum. They had won Jucy Campervan’s second biggest competition (the first being a trip to New Zealand which I won—lucky family, huh?) and had spent weeks touring the coastline, snorkelling, taking photographs and catching up with friends. Following lunch, I took dad to see the exhibition, ‘To The Surface’, of friend and photographer Meg Cowell, at A.P. Bond Contemporary Aboriginal and Art Gallery.
While at the space, dad bumped into an old friend with whom he’d worked at the tax office and they took some time out to discuss where both of their lives had led them. I played the voyeur and enjoyed listening in on their discussion—it provided me with an opportunity to learn more about dad’s history. Tales of bachelors working hard and partying harder, professional gamblers, retirement and pride. Tom, now decked out in white Dulux garb, left the taxation office and established a painting company, with his work on A.P. Bond Gallery a proud achievement.
Check out my father’s photographs from Queensland, featuring horse polo, gorgeous beaches and unfortunate car accidents, at Australian Photograph Collector.
July 10th, 2012 | Purvis