Lorem Ipsum… (Part 1: Genesis of an idea)

NOTE: This is the first part in a series of posts documenting the progress of an Art installation I am working on with the working title “Lorem Ipsum…”. Look for other posts about it under the heading Fine Art/Installation Art/Lorem Ipsum in the navigation header above.

"man" from Lorem Ipsum... © 2012 by J. Thomson, all rights reserved Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet… is a standardized passage of dummy text used since the 16th century by printers and graphic designers in place of actual text, when creating a layout or typeface for example.

As a fine artist and graphic designer, I often use text in my artwork. I like the additional layers of meaning pieces of text can contribute to a painting or collage, but the whole content of the piece never relies on the text alone. Although the line between graphic design and art is sometimes blurred, for me it is a question of what takes precedence in a piece: the text/typography, or the art/graphics. It is the marriage of both that creates the visual content of the pieces I create.
"blame" from Lorem Ipsum... © 2012 J. Thomson All rights reservedLast week, I was brainstorming for some ideas for a new series of artwork I wanted to create. Continue reading

I see a fabulous Halloween in your future!

Custom Fortune Teller Cards & Invitations © 2011 J. Thomson Customizable Fortune Teller card by J. Thomson at Halloween Vintage Continue reading

Green Stone Binders & More

Green Stone custom binders, at The Bindery on Zazzle. © 2011 J. Thomson, All rights reserved. Green Stone & Linen Custom Binders by J. Thomson at The Bindery on Zazzle. Continue reading

Stripes & Paisley (fabric design)

Stripes & Paisley © 2011 J. Thomson All rights reserved

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Förby from the IKEA series (2002)

Forby, © 2002 by J. Thomson All rights reserved

Förby was a cheap little plastic stool that sold for probably around $5 at IKEA. I never had one, but I knew plenty of people that did! I liked the Sputnik-like quality of this drawing, but I never made a painting based on it. This print is available in the gift shop.

Bjorkas, from the IKEA series (2001/2002)

Bjorkas 3 (original illustration from IKEA's assembly instructions) .

Björkås is no longer offered by IKEA, but it was a small table you could mount to the wall and it would fold away when it wasn’t in use. It never made it into a painting, but the sketches are still pretty cool. BTW, I never bought a Björkås table… people would save their instruction sheets and give them to me hoping it would be turned into a painting. Available in the gift shop

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Word hand (1995)

Word hand, 1995 © J. Thomson all rights reserved This was more of a graphic design piece than a drawing per se, but it’s in my sketchbook, so in it goes! The challenge here was to make the story end at the same time I ran out of room in the drawing. Pretty successful, considering I was making it up as I wrote it.

Here’s a transcription of the text:

“This is the finger of the hand that is controlled by the muscle that receives its impulse from the nerve that is connected to another nerve in the arm and another and another in the shoulder that is connected to the nerve in the spinal column that makes up the central core of the nervous system, and is connected to the brain that receives the impulses from the nerves detecting the senses and sending the impulses to the brain which receives them and processes them and perceives them as light and dark or hard and soft or hot and cold or loud or silent or bitter or sweet or mild or stank and dictates an appropriate response: jerk away from the burn, or dilate the eye or squint or tap the hard surface or pet the softness or bask in the warmth or feel the chill or deafen the ear or strain to hear the silence or taste the salty cum or the hard sweetness or smile at the memory provoked by the smell of rose or cringe at the funk, the cells of the folds that make the lobes of the halves of the brain that possesses its owner and makes him feel horny or sad or her feel wet and pouty and engorges the muscles of the penis to make it erect so it may stiffen and implant the seed of its neighbor, the testicle, into the womb or ass or mouth or belly in spurts of utter excitement and enjoyment or engorge the muscular wall of vagina, ass, belly, or hand to tighten the grip on the other’s virile member to receive its load of milky white creamy frothy salty cum into the womb, mouth, belly, ass, hand, back, face, bathtub, bed, Kleenex, bathroom stall, underpants, jeans, car back-seat, projection booth, couch, floor, sink, hair, or pillow or wall which it may explode and land on, or if in the body of another, dissolve, conceive, melt and run, or swallow and be ingested only to be digested and processed into heat and energy and movement and the waste shat out of the body into the water in the toilet into the pipes of the sewer system into lakes and rivers of the Earth or conceive with the female egg and divide through meiosis and mitosis into another living being, or be caught and frozen in a jar until needed for fertilization of another’s egg possibly years later and continents apart that may conceive, divide, fee, grow, be born, learn, grow for years, learn to write and pick up a pen and begin to move its hand…”