Nostalgia Studies: ‘Ultima IV disks’

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.

“Ultima IV disks”, 100 cm x 70 cm, mixed media on paper.

New 2019 Nostalgia Studies series

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.

'What do artists do?': Cool feature in Berlin-Shenzhen culture blog

I’m pleased to be featured on Q. Lei’s new website, The Inbetween Album, which covers tech, art and the Berlin and Shenzhen cultural scenes. 

What Do Artists Do Behind the Scenes?” considers different aspects of the creative life, as well as the notion of the overly-mystified artist. Q. Lei tackles the issue from a variety of perspectives and responds to some of the ideas discussed in an episode of my Artist Journal podcast.