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.
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.