Sign & Digital Graphics

May '18

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32 • May 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S MASTER'S TOUCH Red Oak: Homemade core-ten done with Modern Masters rust paint on Alupanel laminate board. Red Oak sign done with Modern Masters Real Iron Paint and Rust Activator. Ken Lum Conceptual Art: Ken Lum is an internationally respected Chinese-Canadian artist from Vancouver, British Columbia. He did a stint as a sign painter in his youth and continues to create pieces that look like signs, with a twist. He did the classic landmark sign/ sculpture conceptual work that labels and towers over the North Vancouver neighbor- hood that was his old stomping grounds. I was commissioned to collaborate with the California College of the Arts Wattis Gallery to do the sign painting for two of his pieces that were originally done in the 1990s. It's funny, because back then I was working in a sign shop that had a running joke: "Stop fussing around with that sign! It's not going into a museum!" Working on the hand-painted outline, with a paint mask and quill combo to create the second edition of Tracy Bond Meets Pepe Pig, by Ken Lum. Exhibit this year at the Wattis CCA Gallery in San Francisco. The other piece next to TBMPP 2/2 is Boon Hui Photography 2/2. I might be fibbing but "my" art finally made it into a real gallery ya'll! With free drinks! Whoop whoop! Ken Lum's daughter is apparently used to playing in his studio. I think it is important to let kids have fun and be the judge of art. I'd say the "kid test" was a success here. That's mom off camera on the left pretending to scold her. SDG

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