Combining three elements: a Karateka floppy disk, a Mark McGwire Topps baseball card, and the Mobile Lab space Lego set.
Revisiting the 5 1/4” floppy disk theme with the Ultima V ‘Dungeon’ disk. In this iteration, the cool Origin Systems logo is present on the diskette cover.
The Ultima IV computer game from the mid-1980s is an early masterpiece of digital art. Like many retro-games, I think deep-down people are more attracted to the visuals of the game than the actual gameplay. The packaging of these games and even the consoles themselves—whether an Apple II computer or an early Nintendo system—are also surprisingly beautiful, and increasingly so as time passes. This work in the 2019 Nostalgia Studies series pays homage to 5 1/4” Ultima IV disks, magical-looking objects that continue to hold my attention decades later.
Another amazing consumer product from the 1980s, Roland’s TR-909 drum machine not only sounds beautiful, but looks beautiful, too, especially the diagrams in the instruction manual.
I’ve began working on a new 2019 version of the Nostalgia Studies series—a theme which provides me with endless inspiration. I’m excited about this iteration because I’ve found a use for the 5 1/4” floppy disks, images that I’ve been looking to use for several years. Here are some of the pieces I’m working on. They’re fairly large at 100 cm x 70 cm.