Bennett Slater is an illustrator, designer and graduate from the BAA interpretive illustration program at Sheridan Institute. Bennett’s work draws inspiration from the relationship the future shares with the past; new from old, life from death.
Utilizing traditional oil methods on wood, Bennett plays with a mixture of traditional flemish and dutch disciplines, with bold geometric forms linked to the contemporary avant-garde school of design. This dichotomy of contrasting artistic disciplines and influences lends itself to the underlying dualities observed in his work.
Spain based Josan Gonzalez is an artist that has exploded onto the science fiction art scene. His work depicts a grimy cyberpunk world where everyone seems to feature some kind of robotic augmentation and the only real escape is to slip on a retro-futuristic VR headset. But it’s also light and playful in a way most dystopias aren’t.
The Future is Now is a collection of art all tied together by a particular vision of near-future where technology pervades, and a cheerfully oppressive government is in control of the residents of Robo-City 16.
Sydney-based artist Max Prentis’ style is based upon detail and a strong emphasis on visual storytelling. Machines, isolated figures and not to distant wastelands are a common reoccurring subject in Max’s work.
Prentis’ technique is unique in the way he can apply his style to a variety of tones. His body of work is one that varies from playful to aggressive, and realistic to fantastical.
Swedish illustrator Simon Stålenhag depicts a uncomfortable collision of present and future where people much like us seem to confront a brave new technological reality. In his digital paintings children throw spears at terrifying drones, and people wander aimlessly in their yards while fully engrossed inside virtual reality helmets strapped to their heads, and sometimes there’s even a giant alien caterpillar.
The artwork is impactful as a result of this juxtaposition between the harsh realities of life and the sci-fi technologies of our dreams.
So Kanye gets two. Actually, minus the hype, we kind of like the way the Yeezys have come out in both editions. This one looks less Back to the Future and more fashion-forward, but we are going to lean on this notion that Nike designers had a lot of fun taking Kanye’s bizarre brain and making something work. Nike Air Yeezy II in both Platinum and Black editions will release June 9
The Nike MAG “Back to the Future/Marty McFly” shoe and marketing campaign has been the talk of the town over the past few weeks, with everyone who has ever been moved by a little McFly into the shoe. Nike just released a “A look back the a project 23 years in the making” video, which is like Behind the Music, only with a shoe.
This Nike, Marty McFly shoe release got a ton more interesting when we learned that Michael J Fox, The Michael J Fox Foundation, eBay and Nike team up to “help cure Parkinson’s and auction off the most famous shoes never made.” It got a lot better. Back to the Future trilogy re-release would make us even happier at this point.
Back to the Future was a huge part of our youth, Back to the Future 2 solidified it, Back to the Future 3 sort of ruined it. But seeing that Nike is set to release the Marty McFly shoe after 20+ years of sort of doing it, we are excited. It is called the Nike MAG. Apparently some event is going down in LA this weekend to launch, release, tease, etc.
Part of the experimental sessions surrounding the Ok Computer touring schedule, we should have guessed that instrumentals like “Meeting In the Aisle” would be the blueprint for the future endeavors of Radiohead. Found on the How Am I Driving? EP, the track was part cinematic, part cryptic, and the bands first all instrumental track. Still brilliant nearly 14 years later.
The SF Chronicle printed an article called 20 towns of the Future recently. It seems very optimistic. Innovation and success are two different things. If we are able to lose our dependency of fossills fuels and nuclear power then we’re talking.