Description This painting is a commentary on artificial life – I think it will become a real part of our culture within the next few decades. This painting was inspired by one of the first artificial life products, 1957's Instant Life or as it was known after it was renamed in 1962 – Sea Monkeys. Although I always believed it was just monkey eggs and water, I was fascinated by the sci-fi ingredients that seemed liked they were out of a B-movie, and how salt was used to stimulate reproduction. The original comicbook advertisements promised that these miniature creatures were actually trainable. It makes be wonder what brave new future we have waiting for us and what fantastic claims they will make.
Bill O'Neil, Milwaukee Member Since October 2006 Artist Statement My artwork inspirations include a few odd conspirators like the chaotic influences of cryptography, prime numbers, and decay. I'm also influenced by Eames-era artifacts, retro-modern abstract art, architecture, and advertising. And all these inspirations manifest themselves in the different pieces I produce.
I really never approach my art very logically. It’s all fairly impulsive and obsessive. I just try to understand what it means when it’s complete. I like to think of my style as a super-nautural fusion of urban graffiti, mid-century modern abstracts, advertising design, and some kind of otherworldly information maps.
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