It was 2015 when Chicago-native DONT FRET and London-based EDWIN, two artists for whom social commentary forms integral part of the human expression we know as Art, established a link between the unheard voices of two countries than would soon go through parallel political and social convulsions. Their collaboration, their bridge, serves both as a reminder and a beacon of hope, in what seems an ever-increasingly divided and isolationist backdrop, that no matter where you are from, where you are, and whatever labels are being forced upon you, humanity is and will always be a shared essence and, as such, a shared cause that will always ring True.
They offer testament of their collaboration at Unit 5 Gallery (London), in an exhibition that runs from the 10th of November until the 2nd of December 2016. WONDERLANCER interviews DONT FRET and EDWIN on this important shared project, their work as individual artists and more.
Exclusive Interview with Art Director CARLOS ZARAGOZA (Puss in Boots 2, Madagascar 3, Mr. Peabody & Sherman…)
Having worked closely with directors such as Carlos Saura and Guillermo del Toro, amongst many others, designing and assisting in the art direction of Oscar and GOYA-winning (also Bafta nominated) films such as ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, we can say that CARLOS ZARAGOZA has, without a doubt, plenty of talent, knowledge and experience to inspire the new generations aiming to work in the fields of Art Direction and Visual Development for the film industry.
Awarded in Excellence by the ADG (Art Directors Guild) this outstanding professional, who started his career in Spain and has lived and worked in London and Toronto, is now based in Los Angeles, California, from where he is responding to this interview.
Jeff Nishinaka, had his ‘eureka’ moment whilst experimenting with different media on assigned graphic and illustration projects, whilst studying at the prestigious Art Centre College of Design (USA).
His phenomenal 3D paper art has since been put to the service of high-profile clients such as Bloomingdale’s, Galeries Lafayette, Toyota, Coca Cola, Paramount Pictures, Harvard Medical School, Random House and Mattel, amongst many others.
His masterpieces range from 8in x 8in to 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide and popular actor Jackie Chan owns, as a private collector, the largest collection of his work.
LORI NIX is one of those ‘rare birds’ that aren’t just happy with flying the conventional way, because creating entire miniature tabletop worlds, just to be the subjects of photography is an out-of-the-box concept these days when Photoshop and the like reign -producing great creations, too- and, for which artists like Lori, requires heaps of work and dedication to materialise.
Yet, once it does is absolutely spellbinding and well worth the effort. Especially if the talent is applied, like in Lori’s case, to both the creation of the subject and its portrayal, resulting in powerful messages, superb atmospheres and wicked dream-like scenes, a knock-out kind of art.
Exclusive Interview with OLEG DOU (One of the most captivating and copied young artists of our time)
‘I have a younger brother and he has very good drawing skills. As a kid, I suffered a lot thinking he was much more talented than me. I wanted to create as long as I remember but that was the main reason why I wanted to prove to everybody that I could do it.’_Oleg Dou
Exclusive Interview with Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road, The King’s Speech, Sherlock Holmes, Ever After…)
FILMOGRAPHY (Artistry: Costume Design):
Mad Max: Fury Road, Sherlock Holmes I & II, The King’s Speech, Defiance, Amazing Grace, The Black Dahlia, Casanova, The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey, Alexander, Timeline, Possession, Gosford Park, Anna and the King, Tea with Mussolini, Ever After, Lolita, Metroland, Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Jefferson in Paris, Black Beauty, The Remains of the Day, Swing Kids, Howards End, The Bridge, Impromptu, White Fang, Mountains of the Moon, The Deceivers, A Summer Story, Maurice, A Room with a View…
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BRENT LAMBERT (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Immortals, 300, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Fountain…)
Raised in the small Ottawa Valley town of Eganville, Ontario, and with an education deeply rooted in Architecture, Philosophy and Science, BRENT LAMBERT has fourteen years of experience in the motion picture industry as a top Set Designer. Along with an impressive curriculum comprised of blockbusters, Brent also worked on the visual development and design of Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour (2010 – 2011)…
Exclusive Interview with RYAN J. WOODWARD (Thor, The Avengers, Cowboys & Aliens, Iron Man 2, Where the Wild Things Are…)
With a filmography of over 20 blockbuster and all time classic titles and a reputation for extraordinary conceptual skills and an acute sense of motion and special effects, Ryan J Woodward acts and lives like the down-to-earth fella who breathes and transpires a never-ending passion for art and creation in all its forms. Charismatic, hardworking and a self-described eternal student, despite the fact that he is a master in more than one artistic discipline, Woodward is one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets…
Exclusive Interview with Michael F. Blake (Mob City, Thor: The Dark World, X-Men: First Class, Drag Me to Hell, Spider-Man 3…)
FILMOGRAPHY & TV WORK (Special Make-Up Effects): Mob City, Thor: The Dark World, The Lone Ranger, Max Rose, Lincoln, X-Men: First Class, Thor, Drag Me to Hell, Yes Man, Spider-Man 3, Domino, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Last Samurai, Seabiscuit, Ali, Independence Day, Sister Act I & II, Star Treck: Deep Space Nine, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Police Academy II, Magnum P.I., Buffalo Bill, Bonanza, The Addams Family, Bewitched…
MIKE CICCOTELLO is a NJ-based fine artist and a member of the artist collective, Albus Cavus. He has worked in a variety of media from three-dimensional animated motion graphics to large-scale outdoor murals. He worked in broadcast motion graphics from 1999 to 2012 and in 2007 received the LA Press Club Award for Best Editorial Comic for his illustration work on ‘Schmooze or Lose’. He was also the featured artist at the 2012 International Interior Design Association’s ‘Fashion Meets Finish’ Gala at Keane University.
Ciccotello has always combined his work for television networks, companies, private commissions and exhibitions, with his work for charitable causes, making of him a reference as an artist who pursues his career with as much passion as he cares for others.