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Baseman vs Biskup—Playing With Art

Thursday, March 24, 2005

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Of course, there were a few samples for sale at the event. This is the start of my humble collection.
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(on the right)The man himself, Gary Baseman, fashionably dressed in a red corduroy suit.

You probably have no idea what the h*e*l*l (I don’t like to cuss on my blog, but I do in real life) I’m talking about do you? Last night, I attended “Playing with Art”, a presentation organized by AIGA-Los Angeles (American Institute of Graphic Arts). The main gist of the evening was a discussion about illustrators/designers using their skills to design collectable toys. For me this was a “must attend” because one of my favorite illustrators, Gary Baseman, was a keynote speaker. I was really curious to see who was behind all those kooky, somewhat perverse drawings. You may have seen his work in such production as “Teacher’s Pet” and “Cranium” games. For rather weird work, he has made it big in mainstream culture. I do not hold this against him—his work still makes me laugh.

One of the bonuses of the evening was that I discovered another really interesting artist—Tim Biskup. His work is kooky fun, but a little less perverse than Baseman’s. Both artists are colaborating with toy maker CritterBox.

 

1 Comments:

Anonymous Jack Muramatsu said...

Sounds like it was a great time. I'm bummed that I missed this show... I did make it to Gary Baseman's "Dumb Luck" signing at Kidrobot in Santa Monica, last December so all isn't completely lost! Did you buy one of the black "Dumb Luck" toys?

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