WHAT EXACTLY AM I LOOKING AT?
A few years ago, I decided to destroy all my old movie posters and recompose them all into abstract pictures.
To really explain why would require telling a long, weird story that you really don’t need to hear. It involves a pornography store, a nervous breakdown, and the coldest winter in over a century. If you ever run into me and really want to know, I’ll tell you.
Anyway, all you need to know is that I devote an obscene amount of my spare time to making these little guys. It’s collage, but with only one piece of source material. It’s fan art, but indistinguishable from it’s source. Their existence is inherently pointless, but they’re really fun to make and pretty to look at.
I call them One Sheets. Mainly because I think it’s a snappy title for the series, and because ‘Decoupaged Copyright Infringement’ is too many syllables.
HOW DO YOU MAKE THEM?
Most of the images you see in the Gallery are made entirely out of a single film poster, pasted onto a 16″ by 20″ canvas, with no other added images. A traditional film poster measures about 27″ by 40″, and the little ones you probably had on your wall as a kid are about 23″ by 34″. These posters supply the bulk of what I do.
Occasionally, I’ll veer outside those self-imposed restrictions, and create pieces made from multiple copies of the same poster, larger pieces made from over sized subway ad style posters, tiny ones from the remains of other pieces, ect. I’ve also on occasion drifted out of the world of film and into music posters, theatrical posters, and some brief stop overs in the world of junk mail and food packaging.
The main thrust remains the same, though. Take an image, be it iconic, didactic, or forgotten, alter it to the point that it becomes unidentifiable, and making it say whatever I want it to say. Then you put it on your wall and look at it a bunch. Boom, I just explained art to you. Deal with it.
I WANT ONE!
Sweet. Everything I currently have for sale online is available here.
You can contact me directly to arrange shipping details. Depending on your location and the size of the piece, some items may require additional shipping charges. The prices listed are the base prices for in person pickups, and do not include shipping costs. I will provide full invoices upon request.
If you live in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada, I display the majority of my unsold pieces at The Purple Room in Frame Arts Warehouse at 318 Ross Ave. They can be viewed and purchased at any public Purple Room event, or by contacting me to arrange a viewing.
DO YOU DO COMMISSIONS?
Hell yeah. I always welcome a challenge. The style and look of much of my work evolved from people requesting pieces that I otherwise would never have thought to make. Some of those commissions ended up being some of my personal favorites.
Here’s the basic breakdown of how the commission process works…
SIZE – A standard movie poster measures approximately 27″ by 40″. The choice of poster must be within this size range to make a traditional One Sheet, which measure 16″ by 20″. The final One Sheet will always be significantly smaller than the source materials, and depending on the arrangements made between us, the base price will be set depending on the size of canvas needed to make the piece. Unless requested not to do so, I’ll always aim to make it the largest it can be. Final pieces can be hung on their own, or placed in open-backed frames.
POSTER ACQUISITION – If the poster or posters needed to make the piece are provided by the client at no cost to myself, the only charges for the completed piece will be for materials, labor, and shipping (if needed). Damaged posters and prints may not be usable of they are too weathered or moistened (God, I hate that word), but I will do the best I can with what you give me.
If I need to buy it, the cost of the poster is to be paid by the client. After I have found it, I will not start the piece until the cost for the poster has been paid back to me. I will always confirm that the price I’ve found it for is acceptable for you, and arrange payment before proceeding. I’ll do my best to find multiple sources, and offer the highest quality, least expensive options possible. You will not be expected to pay for the final piece until after it is finished.
FINDERS FEE – If a request is made for a piece made from a poster that I personally need to find on my own, a service charge and finders fee will be applied. I’ve had great success in finding good quality prints at Movie Poster Warehouse, and make frequent trips there for special orders and commissions. If a satisfactory poster for the request can be found there, the finders fee cost will be waved.
If the poster can only be found through eBay or other online distributors, the client is expected to pay for all shipping fees, as well as the cost of the poster. All these charges will be run by and approved by the client before I order them.
Long story short, if you have the poster yourself, or you can find it at Movie Poster Warehouse, you’ll make both our lives a hell of a lot easier.
TIME – Turn-around time varies depending on a lot of factors, but a premium can be put on your order if necessary for an additional fee. I generally always have a few commissions lined up at any given point, so if yours is not time sensitive, no additional charges will be applied. Date-sensitive orders must be placed at least a month ahead of time. Depending on size, completed pieces take an average of two to three weeks to be ready from when the poster has been acquired. Commissions for Christmas gifts must be made by December 1st, and posters must be provided and/or paid for.
OBLIGATION – You are under no obligation to buy the final piece if you do not like it. HOWEVER, and this is a big HOW-FUCKIN’-EVER, this is provided that all costs made for the purchase of the poster, plus additional charges for materials and labor. I’m a weird dude making weird shit in his one bedroom basement apartment. Don’t be a dick. Please don’t make me waste my time making an epic salute to ‘Zathura’, only to change your mind when you realize you actually meant to say ‘Zardoz’.
Contact me if you have any other questions.