Month: June 2015

My Pop. You Pop. Our Pop. We’re Pop!

7th and Ohio in Wichita Falls

CGI, retouching and Imaging are my standards by which I measure my businesses success. However, as an artist, my interests vary far and wide. Starting with this post, ¬†you’ll get a look at some of the more diverse projects studioMiguel gets up too under the moniker ‘Miggy’.

The first of these is the My Pop installation at a downtown studio space in historic Wichita Falls, TX.

My Pop. Your Pop. Our Pop. We’re Pop. is a commentary on how popular culture influences me as an artist as well as all of us. Not only do we share popular culture, we comprise it. The installation is a 150′ long window installation in an abandoned mens clothing store turned art studio. The owner converted the huge window panes into what he calls a ‘drive-by’ gallery space. I’ve longed to contribute something since we moved into the area in 2013. I wanted to energize the budding creative community that emerging in this once abandoned downtown area here in North Texas. I comped up each of the 22 windows with a pop culture icon that is important to me and influences my work in some way. I then added a single word, evoking the emotion or feeling I most strongly associate with the character. The pieces are divided by subject into 6 categories with 3 images each: Leading Men Leading Women Robots Comic Characters Musicians & Artists The last few windows are divergent in that they represent the kind of ideas the characters inspire as well as an essay. They are cut using Oracal 651 black and white and installed by myself and a team of 4 assistants. See the physical installation at 7th and Indiana in Wichita Falls, TX. Or follow the digital life of the show with #artofmiggy #mypopisyourpop or @artofmiggy.

 

You Don’t Scan Chuck, Chuck Scans You!

 

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Chuck Norris:FORCE When I was a small boy, my family was very cautious about what we could watch. And rightly so, I was a terror of a boy. Films like Way of the Dragon and Return of the Dragon were strictly off-limits. But, the resourceful 8 year old knows that if you drape a comforter over the console TV in the middle of the night and turn the volume all the way down, you can get away with some quality television! Okay, maybe ‘quality’ is too strong a word, but we’re talking about the point of view of a mental 8-year-old. It was a few years later when I was able to catch Delta Force in theaters. I didn’t even know who Chuck Norris was, but I loved it. I loved the action, the cornball acting, the ridiculous vehicles and props. I haven’t watched it since, in part because it’s a magical moment in my life and revisiting the film would surely dash those memories that are so lovingly shrouded in the mists of time. Thankfully, Walker Texas Ranger has continued the exports of this outrageous character. The illustration started originally as a concept for a graffiti piece about building protection wherein the text added the reminder that ‘this structure protected by Chuck Norris’, A play on those ubiquitous security plaques all over North America. The man is over the top. He’s the guy who told Haley Joel Osment that he had AIDS. Norris is a Force of reckoning.

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