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Mike Hsiung is awarded for his beard as well as majorly for his art and illustrations and lives in Los Angeles, CA. His work is characterized by highly imaginative black-and-white ink drawings which evoke vivid visions from the world of fairytales and myths with a cautious use of color. Mike has exhibited all over the United States as well as in Belgium, Finland, Japan and Korea.

ILLUSTRATOR AND ARTIST MICHAEL HSIUNG CENTAUR

ILLUSTRATOR AND ARTIST MICHAEL HSIUNG TOTEM POLEQuestion And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
MIKE I look like a homeless Chinese guy with a mustache, draw pictures of obese, hairy men usually interacting with animals and/or other obese hairy men. My work is humorous, simple, narrative and a bit homoerotic. I share a studio/bedroom with Rachel, my wife, so its really easy for me to take a nap after sketching.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
MIKE I last went to Brooklyn, NY last year before Hurricane Sandy rolled through.

COB? For business or for holiday?
MIKE It was for business. Vans sent me there to snap some photos of a group show called Supply and Demand. It featured artists Neil Blender, Nathaniel Russell, Chris Yormick, Jay Howell, Jamahl Williams, Russ Pope, Rich Jacobs, Dennis McNett, and Jai Tanju. It was so much fun and inspiring!

COB? What will be your next destination?
MIKE I believe I’ll be traveling to San Jose, CA later on in March for a group show I’ll be in called Out of Towners at Seeing Things gallery, and then to Seattle later on in the year for my friend Brian and Kate’s wedding.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
MIKE I think unconsciously I do find inspiration out of traveling – seeing new things, talking to new folks, and imbibing the local brews always seem to generate new ideas for art.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
MIKE Chicken, I guess, but the stewardess never asks me that question in coach. haha.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
MIKE 1. My wife Rachel.
2. Brushes
3. Talisman, the role playing board game
4. A ton of Wacky Tobacky
5. A 10,000 pack of beer

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
MIKE Pacolli – because I’m a huge fan of her art and she’s awesome . . I also bet she’ll have some better and more exciting answers than I gave. ha!

COB? Thanks a lot Mike!

ILLUSTRATOR AND ARTIST MICHAEL HSIUNG

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Jotopia, Iggesund, Refeka and Filigran-Laser joined forces to build a tricky pop-up relaunch of the Jobot by Jotopia | Visual Noise, which travels around the world since 2004. The pop-up had been exhibited at this year’s Creative Paper Conference in Munich and is available with the current edition of Germany’s graphic design magazine NOVUM (12|12).

PRESS INFORMATION BY IGGESUND
“In partnership with novum magazine, the paperboard producer Iggesund is showing the creative potential inherent in paperboard as a working material. At the Creative Paper Conference, the producer will present for the first time eight different robot models designed by famous German designers especially for the premium paperboard Invercote. ( … ) The designers were given free rein and the results are correspondingly diverse. The spectrum ranges from the powerful android by the designer ‘Jotopia’ to the classic humanoid model by Maikranz Design.” – Read the full press info here.

DOWNLOAD THE CONSTRUCTION KIT AT DOWNLOADS.JOTOPIA.DE
In case you haven’t been fast enough to catch one of the pop ups you are able to download a diecut sheet of the model here. Build you own paper model and take pictures of it in front of famous landmarks or from different countries and get published in the online gallery.

JOTOPIA, IGGESUND, REFEKA AND FILIGRAN-LASER JOINED FORCES …

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Max Berry is an Australian Artist born in 1987. Max holds holds a bachelor’s degree of Design and lives and works in Sydney, Australia. His work is characterized by a very special and dreamy atmosphere as well as of the use of an iconographic symbolism.

Max Berry at work in his studio

Max Berry at work in his studio

Question And AnswerExclusive insight into Max Berry's inspiring studio

CHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
MAX Simple- Slow- Uncluttered.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
MAX Benesse Art Site Naoshima.

COB? For business or for holiday?
MAX Inseparable, you cannot have one without the other.

COB? What will be your next destination?
MAX Benesse Art Site Naoshima.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
MAX Sure, I embarked on an extensive trip earlier this year and that experience has been incredibly beneficial for me. The world is a wonderous place.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
MAX Beef.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
MAX Dick Proenneke.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
MAX Mark Alsweiler

COB? Thanks a lot Max!

MORE INFORMATION
www.maxberry.com.au
www.idlepassage.blogspot.com.au
www.flickr.com/photos/maxberry

Bottletree Gateway by Max Berry on the right

Above: Insight into Max Berry's inspiring studio. Right: Bottletree Gateway by Max Berry

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Joey GoebelBeing limited in the weight of luggage, it’s always pretty hard to make the right selection of books for traveling. E-books might be a convenient solution because you can store more “books” than you are able to read in the equally limited time of traveling. All things considered they don’t convey the warm feeling of real paper, the pleasent aroma of printing ink, the cozy noise of turning over pages, but most of all they are a visual shame for any serious typographer!
To survive the boring transatlantic flight to Quito/Ecuador I decided for “Vincent” (original title: “Torture the Artist”) by Kentucky-based and awarded novelist Joey Goebel who originally sang and played guitar for a punk band called The Mullets. Joey’s work is always characterized by vivid characters, distinctive irony and an unique style of writing which keeps you constantly turning the pages. Vincent is based on the idea that real creativity grows from emotional suffering and is about another wunderkind who has to experience that. Joey criticizes the hollowness and superficiality of modern media and entertainment and thematizes the idea of a new cultural renaissance.
As Joey told us, his fourth novel is set in an American high school in 1999 and will be published by Diogenes in March or April of 2013!
I’m looking forward to reading it!

Joey Goebel, Vincent, Freaks, The Anomalies, Tortue the Artist, Heartland

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Will head to South of America tonight! We will be back with tons of travel-pictures, drawings, illustrations and inspirations from Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu and the Lake Titicaca … Can’t wait for the stewardess asking about Chicken Or Beef … Check out Jotopia and our Facebook-page in the meantime!

Will head to South of America tonight! We will be back with tons of travel-pictures, drawings, illustrations and inspirations from Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu and the Lake Titicaca … Check out Jotopia.de and our Facebook-page in the meantime!

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Sean has been titled to be “an Australian Hero. His works define an alternative narrative of Australian and Low-Culture. The worlds he creates are a saturated reality that I find repulsive and beautiful because it’s all too familiar” (Kid Zoom). He shares his studio with Kyle-Hughes Odgers, who is featured in the preceding Q&A. Sean has exhibited internationally and captivates with his strong and unique style.

Sean Morris

Bazooka Beach & Apsuperlycra

Question And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourselves/your work/your studio in a few words.
SEAN I am a young man with poor eyesight and a fragile grasp on reality. I draw pictures of people who i think are gross and awe-inspiring. I share a studio space in an old hospital with Kyle. It’s definitely haunted and my favourite place in the world.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
SEAN I’m in LA at the moment! It’s really awesome. Pizza and beer and tattoos are way cheaper than in Australia.

ARTIST SEAN MORRIS

Planet Of Bad Girls

COB? For business or for holiday?
SEAN It feels like a holiday, but i get to say that it’s for business because i’m in a group show at Think Tank Gallery called “Dude, Monsters!” which opens on July 12, then i’m going to New York where i’m exhibiting at the launch of the new King Brown Magazine – that opens on July 26 at Klughaus Gallery.

COB? What will be your next destination?
SEAN Thailand for a friend’s wedding. I’m going to get villa-drunk with my high school buddies, experience some questionable nightlife and just generally be an obnoxious tourist. It’s the Australian way.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
SEAN Definitely… my stuff is all about people, so the more of them that i can meet, the better. I’ve already drawn all the weirdos in my home town.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
SEAN Chicken… no, beef! NO WAIT CHICKEN. I am terrible at at on-the-spot decision making.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
SEAN 5 x Hawaiin shirt options, i take tropical vacationing seriously.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
SEAN Michael Hsiung ’cause he’s letting me sleep on his couch in LA and drink all his beer.

COB? Thanks a lot Sean!

Gratuitous Catfight & Girls Gone Wild Alien Abduction Painting by Sean Morris

Gratuitous Catfight & Girls Gone Wild Alien Abduction Painting by Sean Morris

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Kyle Hughes-Odgers is an Australian painter, illustrator and installation artist. He has exhibited artwork and created large-scale street art extensively throughout Australia and internationally: Los Angeles, New York City, Singapore and Europe. His work is held in numerous private and public art collections. Kyle’s vibrant work has been featured in art- and design-related books, magazines and websites such as Insite Magazine, Juxtapoz online, The Wire Magazine, Sunday Times, Empty magazine, Ekosystem, Kingbrown magazine and Woodentoy magazine.

ILLUSTRATOR KYLE HUGHES-ODGERS

Above the Earth and The Vacuum by Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Question And AnswerILLUSTRATOR KYLE HUGHES-ODGERSCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
KYLE I share a studio with Sean Morris. It’s a large space in an old maternity hospital in Perth, Australia. The studio has a great vibe, the hallways have a ghost vibe.
My work is based on my interest in narrative, pattern, decay, texture and anything old and handmade. I paint a lot of my work on wood and old walls outside.

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
KYLE I had solo exhibition in Berlin at Okazi gallery in February and then headed over to Turkey for some adventures, slept in a cave. It was an amazing trip.

COB? What will be your next destination?
KYLE I’m heading up to Port Hedland in the North West of Australia to paint some big walls in the desert.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
KYLE Yep, I find traveling to be one of the most important things for me. A majority of my work is narrative based so meeting new people and experiencing new things is great.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
KYLE Vegetables. but double cheese and crackers.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
KYLE I already live on a solitary island.

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
KYLE Max Berry

COB? Thanks a lot Kyle!


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ILLUSTRATOR KYLE HUGHES-ODGERS

Kyle's studio in an old maternity hospital in Perth, Australia

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Just rediscovered our Australian scrapbook on the hard disk. See our travel-pictures here! Now we’re preparing for our next trip to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos islands this summer: so we had been to the doc today to get heaps of immunizations: rapid animals are invited to come a step closer now. As real turtle fans we are really saddened about the loss of Lonesome George and that we won’t be able to greet him anymore!

AUSTRALIAN SCRAPBOOK & PREPARATIONS FOR SOUTH OF AMERICA


Galapagos 2010 by Darek Sepiolo

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Can’t believe it: have won this nice Klebstoff-stickermagazine in Slanted’s prize competition from last week. (By the way this magazine, full of peelable stickers is my first winning in a lottery ever …). For those who didn’t know yet, Slanted is a famous and prolific blog you should check out for type and design related news every day. Thanks a lot to the guys from Karlsruhe/Germany!

Can't believe it!!! – Have won this nice Klebstoff-stickermagazine in Slanted's prize competetion from last week. (By the way this magazine, full of peelable stickers is my first winning in a lottery ever …). For those who didn't know yet, Slanted is a famous and prolific blog you should check out for type and design related news nearly every day. Thanks a lot to the guys from Karlsruhe!
Can't believe it!!! – Have won this nice Klebstoff-stickermagazine in Slanted's prize competetion from last week. (By the way this magazine, full of peelable stickers is my first winning in a lottery ever …). For those who didn't know yet, Slanted is a famous and prolific blog you should check out for type and design related news nearly every day. Thanks a lot to the guys from Karlsruhe!

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Daek William is a fascinating artist with an unique and terrific style and is currently based in New York. He has exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth among many other cities. His tricky paintings captivate with mechanic and moving parts. Also have a look on his facebook here.

Daek WilliamQuestion And AnswerCHICKEN OR BEEF? Describe yourself/your work/your studio in a few words.
DAEK My studio currently resides in an empty violin case found on the street. plush purple inside and portable. My work is a representation of influence, admiration and fun colour ways and if possible add a perverted splash of breast. Lastly myself, the internet since 1995, awkward socialising, out going, adventurous, Great s.o.h looking for couples and groups for friends and benefits. whats up the Hun!

COB? What has been your latest travel location?
DAEK Currently i am residing in New York, Brooklyn, East Williamsburg, Corner of Grand and union, sitting on a black crate staring at a white car which has ‘no hard feelings’ sticker on it the path is a tone of grey and everything feels dirty.

COB? For business or for holiday?
DAEK I came to williamsburg to find the hip hops. unfortunately i think they have been misplaced. In my spare time i dance in a strange land of the art with poets of mischief, animals barking with strange visions that some how make you their servant and puppet shows that go into the night. How ever i think i need to buy a nice suit, start drinking wine that doesn’t come in a 4 litre bag and work on my hand job skills.

Daek William

Daek William at work

COB? What will be your next destination?
DAEK I will be travelling to the heart land of the hopeless, the economic failure, the heartland of american abandoned, where mother nature is taking back and young people are taking the control and making a colourful playground wonderland, but don’t take a right here you still might get shot. Detroit apparently.

COB? Do you draw inspiration out of traveling?
DAEK Only when i travel to different pastures of my mind, pretty much the world looks the same when your face is inches from a wall, canvas or paper, the atmosphere feel different and the soda is sweetened corn syrup or real can sugar, basically take a hold of your other senses because your pretty much blind.

COB? Chicken or beef, when the stewardess asks you?
DAEK Depending on the side order vegetables or rice, rice over vegetables but usually chicken, i think processed chicken is more inviting.

COB? Five things you take with you on a solitary island?
DAEK The internet (entertainment) , the bio dome (resources), a real doll (companionship) tool case (construction) & port authority hand book (i just created my own town and you want in).

COB? Who should be asked next these questions?
DAEK I Recommend the last chance world art collective, Sean Morris or Creepy, there witty comments and light hearted lifestyle will make you feel good somewhere in-between your pants and your heart which will make you immediately turn to your friend and demand a soothing hug.

COB? Thanks a lot Daek!

Trailer Park Diner&Gunshop Sean Morris by Daek William

Trailer Park Diner&Gunshop Sean Morris by Daek William

Broken Toothbrushes Building Dreams Creepy by Daek William

Broken Toothbrushes Building Dreams Creepy by Daek William

Henry Ford by Daek William

Henry Ford by Daek William

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