New York, New York
I’ve been obsessed with the dirty, used and brown world of cardboard box imagery for years. In New York City an endless supply of infinite variation is tossed to the curb every day. As a devout garbage picking packrat who always carries a knife, these gems of urban debris came home with me for years before I ever integrated them into my art. These disposable designs are often printed poorly with bad registration to the best effect with overlapping elements and warped lettering. This printing under close inspection renders each piece uniquely nuanced and strangely timeless in design and line quality. Boxes from the 1950’s to today often look the same, it seems that digital or pixelated imagery has only recently invaded advertisements on these traveling cubes of product placement. To me it’s beautiful distressed garbage, garbage that I bring home, re-contextualize and abstract beyond recognition to create a world of confusing symbolism, awkward creatures and mesmerizing design via collage and sculpture. I hope you never look at trash the same.
Conrad Carlson is an obsessive detritus collecting self taught Brooklyn artist. He makes a myriad of things static and kinetic, ride-able and crash-able, legal and illegal mostly out of garbage. Whether it’s mutant bikes with his Black Label Bicycle Club, odd weirdo graffiti with his vandal friends, art and installations for galleries and other white boxes, or a dance party in an abandoned building it’s all in the name of fun and the beauty of making your world more interesting. He has shown in Paris, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Richmond VA, Baltimore, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Conrad dropped out of college to pursue a creative life, landed in Brooklyn 14 years ago and is also known as Dj Dirtyfinger, ass motivator general.