Thursday, December 03, 2009
  • The Lyrois Questionary

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    I put together this questionary based on conversations, discussions, and the occasional rant from my Twitter stream of the last couple of months, kind of straight from the shop.

    18 questions: Topics include inspiration, the ongoing art vs. design debate, business, and obsessions --

    Lyrois: Sketches in the shop

    How do you work?
    Creating ideas through cross-pollinating multiple streams of input and refining incubation through repeated destruction & creation. Sitting over dozens of versions of a work in progress. Balancing visual effect vs. carried message. After about 50 pencil drafts and 34 vector drawings for a particular project, they're all great and none is. Off for the next round, back to the drawing board, refining the vision. Create, create, create, create, design, create, create, create, Lyrois, Lyrois, Lyrois, create, eat, sleep, repeat... Several projects culminating with new ones in pre-production. Working like the Lawnmower Man and loving it.
    What's your inspiration and what are your artistic influences?
    ART is almost never an INSPIRATION for me. Intelligence is, personality is, and natural phenomena are INSPIRATION. I like to read artist's writings and study their art. Being a fan of an artist is not necessarily the same as being a fan of their work. Most often, it correlates inversely.
    Why do you do what you do?
    Acting "out of character" is harder than it sounds -- talk about CHASING SHADOWS or tails. Whatever, you are what you are.
    What do you obsess about?
    IN GENERAL, I don't care -- but IN PARTICULAR, I do care obsessively. Perfectionism, details, research, expression.
    What are the rules of the game?
    Once the ACTUAL rules are known, it may be possible to perform "miracles" -- things which violate the PERCEIVED rules.
    What's your opinion of the art world and of its business aspects?
    MY art business doesn't follow the rules of THE art business. Quite the opposite. To me, art is the cake and business is the icing. Or vice versa. I love both. As for art = cake or whatever; I still plan & execute my projects military commando-operation style. And it's STILL a game. Over the years, I got to like documenting my work. Apart from the track record, it generates great potential for insights. Continually updated business plans are important: Unfolding events mean more clarity and lead to more precise and efficient action.
    What's your take on collaborations or mashups?
    Combining styles creates something new. Multiplying genes. It's hard to collaborate and NOT succeed in creating something greater than the sum of ingredients.
    What's integral to the work of an artist?
    Expression, combined with excellence in something, of some sort.
    What's your take on art vs. design?
    I'm thinking along art as expression of self and design as expression of other peoples ideas. It's the overlap where it gets interesting. With design, I have to care about feedback, while with art, I don't (in a way). Then again, being an artist is a moniker you earn, more so than labeling yourself with, neither is it some kind of lifestyle.
    What about hackers vs. artists?
    Artist's, as well as hacker's "research" is rooted in insatiable, raw curiosity and the urge to create SOMETHING. That's the thing with shortcuts: There are none, but through hacking you can find them anyway. Continually sorting out ACTUAL vs. PERCEIVED RULES -- It's an ongoing effort for hackers as well as for artists. For the longest time, I felt more confident being a hacker than an artist. Hacking is -- often -- dabbling, while art is striving. Hacking may become a tool to create art.
    What's your subject matter?
    Making stuff that looks the way I envision it. Or, to put it more deeply: It is the guilt of contemporary superficiality, the struggle with lightness, and the conflict of art and design, which fuels the notoriety of LYROIS. Whatever.
    What are your artistic fundamentals and principles of design?
    Literally clear-cut, bold shapes. Contrast. Planting frozen vectors in hot-blooded surroundings. Incorporating the environment, the dialogue with the canvas, into the work.
    What are your various art techniques and styles?
    Light and shadows, papercutting, vinyl, graffiti, typography, street-art, vectors, repeating patterns (rapports). Exploring repetitive patterns, mind-bending and soul-soothing -- why DRAW the same lines twice? A production approach.
    What's your past and current development?
    Andy Warhol is quoted saying: I think, at the time, I started repeating the same image because I liked the way the repetition changed the same image. Repetition changes.
    What are you trying to do to people with your art?
    Going full circle: ARTIST striving for sanity meets COLLECTOR longing for -- at least a glimpse of -- insanity.
    What are your future projects?
    Even less brick and mortar, more mobile everything, NOMADIC! Then again, I have no clue how this whole art thing is going down -- and I don't care. I just keep going, delusionally confident.
    How do you roll? Some rants or musings?
    There are so MANY people -- and so FEW TRUE personalities. BE REAL.
    ONLY comply when complying is NOT an option.
    Arrogance is not a sin. Hubris is.
    IDEAS are cheap, conception itself isn't hard; execution is. Therefore: EXECUTE!
    Most people don't want change -- they want justification.
    Excellence in leadership starts with assuming responsibility for your staff.
    When people say something doesn't work, they either have no clue or no motivation.
    As long as you do everything you ever do, everything will be as it ever was.
    Planning is an ART. And the competition is sparse.
    What's so funny?
    Taking names: I'm so accustomed to Google suggesting LYRICS for LYROIS that I keep seeing LYROIS in place of LYRICS.

    For more information, read the Lyrois Story, see a list of selected works, and follow Lyrois on Twitter.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
  • Buy a Special Lyrois to Support John T. Unger's Legal Defense Fund

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    This is the story of John T. Unger --

    I need your help. My original art has been copied by a manufacturer who is now suing me in federal court to overturn my existing copyrights and continue making knockoffs. I have a strong case, a great lawyer and believe that if I can continue to defend myself, the case will be resolved in my favor. If I run out of funds before we reach trial, a default judgment would be issued against me and could put me out of business. I don't believe my opponent can win this case in court and I don't believe he really intends to try. I believe his goal is to use strong-arm litigation tactics to force me to keep spending money or risk losing my copyrights — not by true adjudication, but by default if he is able to outspend me.

    Read all about how an imitator sues an artist to overturn copyrights.

    To Defend Art: An important cause to support

    The idea is to have art donated from artists all over the world to feed the Legal Defense Fund --

    Two special editions made as series of 10, with #000 and #001 being retained as artist's proof and the remaining #002 through #009 donated to support John T. Unger's Legal Defense Fund in his quest to defend himself and art in general.

    The pieces are scratch-signed and numbered on the back, and accompanied by a printed and signed certificate documenting its story and origin. No more pieces of these editions will ever be made.

    Lyrois Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Aluminum Series

    The Aluminum Series come in 140 × 55mm, are executed in matte black (upper part) and glossy black (lower part) vinyl on 2mm aluminum --

    See the sales page to buy this work and other great art donated to the fund.

    Lyrois Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Vinyl Series

    The Vinyl Series come in 140 × 70mm, are executed in matte black and glossy Lyrois signature-purple vinyl on 2mm foam-board --

    See the sales page to buy this work and other great art donated to the fund.

    Support John T. Unger's Legal Defense Fund.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009
  • Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Vinyl Series

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    It's tiny, it's affordable, and best of all, it's specifically made for a good cause --

    Lyrois: Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Vinyl Series

    This special miniature edition is executed in matte black and glossy Lyrois signature-purple vinyl on 2mm foam-board. It is the sibling of much bigger works, sampling and remixing the silhouettes shapeset painted on walls, etched as well as decaled on glass, even printed on a collection of snowboards.

    Lyrois: Close-up of Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Vinyl Series

    The Lyrois Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Vinyl Series come in 140 × 70mm, it is a series of 10, with #000 and #001 being retained as artist's proof and the remaining #002 through #009 donated to support John T. Unger's Legal Defense Fund in his quest to defend himself and art in general.

    The pieces are scratch-signed and numbered on the back, and accompanied by a printed and signed certificate documenting its story and origin. No more pieces of this edition will ever be made.

    Buy them as long as they last, for your pleasure and for a good cause, at John T. Unger's Artist's Legal Defense Sale.

    See also, the companion piece to the Vinyl Series, the Aluminum Series, in black/black.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009
  • Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Aluminum Series

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    It's tiny, it's affordable, and best of all, it's specifically made for a good cause --

    Lyrois: Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Aluminum Series

    This special miniature edition is executed in matte black (upper part) and glossy black (lower part) vinyl on 2mm aluminum. It is the sibling of much bigger works, sampling and remixing the silhouettes shapeset painted on walls, etched as well as decaled on glass, even printed on a collection of snowboards.

    Lyrois: Close-up of Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Aluminum Series

    Lyrois: Close-up of Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Aluminum Series

    The Lyrois Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Aluminum Series come in 140 × 55mm, it is a series of 10, with #000 and #001 being retained as artist's proof and the remaining #002 through #009 donated to support John T. Unger's Legal Defense Fund in his quest to defend himself and art in general.

    The pieces are scratch-signed and numbered on the back, and accompanied by a printed and signed certificate documenting its story and origin. No more pieces of this edition will ever be made.

    Buy them as long as they last, for your pleasure and for a good cause, at John T. Unger's Artist's Legal Defense Sale.

    See also, the companion piece to the Aluminum Series, the Vinyl Series, in black/purple.

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Friday, October 16, 2009
  • Wallpaper: Electric Shapes

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    After playing with repetitive shapes on skatedecks, here are the electric patterns again -- they're repetitive, after all --

    Lyrois Wallpaper: Electric Shapes on the wall #1

    Lyrois Wallpaper: Electric Shapes on the wall #2

    How it is done: Printed on water-resistant billboard paper or on self-adhesive, non water-resistant standard paper, for outdoor walls, it is possible to produce wallpapers on glossy or matte vinyl.

    What you get: Rolls, 2ft wide or sheets, up to 5ft wide.

    Lyrois Wallpaper: Electric Shapes in various styles

    Please note that the artwork is clean and clear vector data, here is a close-up detail --

    Lyrois Wallpaper: Electric Shapes detail

    See also: Wallpaper: Purple Shapes

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Thursday, October 01, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
  • Mashup: Lyrois X Picasso's Guernica

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    I'm a big fan of pop culture and graffiti, I like papercutting and transparent vs. opaque, then again, I like light and shadows, particularly shadows. What better representation of light and shadows than dancing and dying?

    I keep seeing Pablo Picasso's Guernica in the original shape-set for the mural. With the connection already and always there, here is the resulting mashup; web only, no prints --

    Mashup: Lyrois X Picasso's Guernica

    Check out the details that mix nicely with shapes #1, #2, and #5.

    One more thing, it is said that Le Corbusier once called tapestries -- like the Guernica copy at the United Nations in New York -- "nomadic murals". (Note to self: Make nomadic murals, for the name and for the concept.)

    UPDATE: I added the very hi-res version of the mashup for your download and print-it-yourself pleasure. You may even send it to me or fly me in to sign it and make it very, very special. (Hazel Dooney's idea?) Also, I've heard that there's a big empty wall at the UN Security Council...

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Monday, September 21, 2009
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Wednesday, August 05, 2009
  • It Wants to Exist

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    Looking at this, I had to make this, immediately, asap, freezing the shadow --

    Dirty pic of clean aluminum plate

    Matte black on matte, almost smooth, white aluminum. Ten by ten inches.

    Dirty pics of clean aluminum plate

    Sometimes, often, creation is compulsive. Works almost manifest themselves. They just want to exist.

    See also: Lyrois: Etched Glass.

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Monday, August 03, 2009
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
  • Etched Glass

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    We have lots of transparencies, glass, and see-through elements in store this year. Silver-matte etching on, well, glass --

    Lyrois: Etched Glass on a European Window

    Also, celebrating the return of crude photography capturing beautiful artwork.

    Lyrois: Detail of Etched Glass and Shadows

    Click on the pic above for double the fun and shadow play.

    If you happen to enjoy the window, you might also like the previously documented Door Decals.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009
  • Black Magic Vinyl

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    A mixture of glossy and matte vinyl, all black, all magic, and just as hard to capture.

    Lyrois: Black Magic Vinyl

    This work predates the white on white and the tongue-in-cheek purple on purple edition. It was made in 2004.

    You may recognize it; it's the one in the kitchen.

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