Feeling Like Cinderella Again

graphite on paper
3.75 x 2.5 in
2009

The artwork will appear in our upcoming exhibition at Magic Pony's Narwhal Art Projects in Toronto opening October 1st, 2009.

It will also be in the new hardcover book that will come out in conjunction with the exhibition with the same name, published by Magic Pony.

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The Ladies of the Lockes

graphite on paper
2.5 x 3.75 in
2009

Part of kozy's "The Unknown Portraits" series. The artwork will appear in our upcoming exhibition at Magic Pony's Narwhal Art Projects in Toronto opening October 1st, 2009.

It will also be in the new hardcover book that will come out in conjunction with the exhibition with the same name.

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I knew Magic Once

graphite on paper
2.5 x 3.75 in
2009

Part of kozy's "The Unknown Portraits" series. The artwork will appear in our upcoming exhibition at Magic Pony's Narwhal Art Projects in Toronto opening October 1st, 2009.

It will also be in the new hardcover book that will come out in conjunction with the exhibition with the same name.

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Oops!

color pencil on paper
2009

Kozy made this drawing for the exhibition "Meanwhile… At the Hall of Justice: A Collection of Superhero Mishaps" at the Subtext Gallery in San Diego CA that opened during Comic Con weekend, July 24th, 2009.

Doraemon may not be a Superhero in the American sense, but the Japanese don't really have superhero comics. Doraemon was a hero though, although maybe not a very good one. Sent from the 22nd century, he could pull anything imaginable out of the 4th dimensional pocket in his belly to help aid Nobita through the the trials of being a nerdy loser kid. In kozy's piece however, Doraemon accidentally pulls a black hole out of his pocket, bringing our existence (and Nobita's) to an untimely end in the blink of an eye.

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Just Another Uniform (aka - Timeline of an Aimless Japanese Girl)

ink and color pencil on illustration board
2009

Kozy made this piece for a show at Gallery Nuceleus called "Sweet Streets: Art Inspired by Japanese Street Fashion".

Kozy and I have no interest in, or love of Japanese Street fashion and tend to think of the young Japanese who are so slavishly devoted to the various styles to be vapid and conformist and not expressing unique personal style at all, but rather just trying to fit in. The theme of conforming is a huge part of Japanese culture and the Japanese street fashion culture is just another prime example.

Kozy's piece is not so much a celebration of Japanese street fashion as it is a critique of the people who love it.

Click on the thumbnails above right to read the piece.

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Roughing It

Gouache on paper
17.5 x 12.5 in. / 21 x 15.75 in. framed
2005

From our 2005 exhibition at sixspace gallery called "The Pilgimage".

You can purchase this original painting now in our Etsy shop.

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The Yum-cha Militia

or "(My Mother thought she had SARS, but it turned out to be PMS)"
pencil, digital
2003

What we said about it at the time: This panoramic depicts the imaginary history of the Yum Cha militia's (An old chinese ladies' auxilliary group that most spends it time playing mah jong and gossiping, but which rises to the occasion when called upon) defense of San Francisco's Chinatown from gleeful marauding SARS viruses. Armed only with dim-sum the brave women pushed back the invaders to keep San Fran free of the disease. This went almost entirely unknown to most of the public, but this was of little concern to the militia - they just wanted to get back to gossiping...

Looking back: Still one of our favorite panoramics to this day. We love everything about it - the color, the humorous, topical main narrative, the way re-occurring characters (the school girls) observe the main narrative, the overall flow of the piece. Also the butcher chasing the escaping roasted ducks is still funny to me every time i see it. It should be noted that the main reason we chose to do this panoramic is so that we could depict the fashion sense of old Chinese ladies in the US, which is totally off the wall. These ladies have some kind of style!

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Like Sands Through the Hour Glass...

pencil, digital

2003

What we said about it at the time: (...so are the days of our lives) A little street in London that we love and hate. Great produce and crepes and record shops, close to all kinds of yummy adult video stores and gentlemen's clubs, but also a place where we had a huge fight while on a whirlwind tour of the city on Spring Break. It is sort of about time passing, moments of action, lifetimes, events. It's also got a family of veggie monsters having a feast. We are still not sure how those 2 things fit together in our minds when we were laying this piece out - your guess is as good as ours.

Looking back: Still one of our favorites in the series. I think the balance is just right - variety and flow of characters, variety of topics (from the passage of time, to our love for eachother, to the war in Iraq), and nice color scheme. In case i haven't mentioned, all the images we paint digitally are generally painted in true colors (as they would be in real life). At the end of the painting process we decide what color the image should be, try different over all tones by adding adjustment layers over the color until we get an overall color we like. Gotta love the flexibility of Photoshop.

This piece also was the debut of the so-called "veggie monsters", who have since appeared in another panoramic that was set elsewhere in the UK, a few other drawings of ours, and also were animated in CGI for a live action trailer for RES Fest by motion theory that was based on our panoramic series (what a fun project that was!!).

http://www.kozyndan.com/_qt/Like_sands_ThroughVR.mov

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Kin-san's Business Trip

pencil, digital
2004

What we said about it at the time: The Japanese Salaryman's life is pretty regimented and requires him to endure quite a bit of abuse from above (and he must smile all the time). while his late nights are finished off with macho drunken carousing with fellow salarymen. But maybe this isn't the life these men really seek - every day on the subway they see hordes of young school girls who are giggling and gossiping, taking pictures, shopping endlessly...ahh - the life, the life! To be a school girl!

Looking back: A very fun piece for us. The schoolman made his first of many appearances in this panoramic. The concept of the schoolmen, as i envisioned them, is sort of a jumble of comments all rolled into one goofy character. The monotonous life of the salaryman, the peculiar sexual culture of japan in which anything goes in fantasy life, but actual sex lives are rather unfulfilling on average, men (both Japanese and gaijin) being obsessed with the school girl all collided in my head and these guys popped out. I kind of imagine them having some kind of impromptu meet up in random places, where they can all escape they stress of their boring jobs and relate to each other on a more naive level.

The Kin-san referred to in the title is kozy's own father. He is the one holding the big pink stuffed bear. He goes away on business trips a lot for the company he owns, but we thought it funny to think of him as having this secret life. Maybe one day when we are in Tokyo we will stumble across a flash mob of schoolmen in a Tokyo train station and find kozy's dad in a skirt, eating a big crepe and giggling with the guys...

I really would like to make toys of these guys. Do you think many people would want to buy a detailed, 12 inch tall doll, with cloth school girl outfit and all the requisite miniature accessories?

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The Flooding of the Prinsengracht (PUMA version)

pencil, digital
2007

The first part of the PUMA x kozyndan line was based around a modified version of an old panoramic of ours. The rest of the line (including the Clydes released early in the year) was built around a panoramic we created entirely new. I would say we created it "for the project", but really they let us just do our thing for the most part aside from asking us to add some shoe related details (When we release this image as a print in the future we will probably take most out except for the "puma attacking the goddess Nike" characters, which seem to fit well of their own accord).

"The flooding of the Prinsengracht" is set in Amsterdam obviously and touches on a number of things we thought about while in Amsterdam last time - global warming, drug tourism, the various great artists that have come out of the Netherlands, the horrors of the 24 hour news cycle, and the wonder of Vla!

Also of note: We actually completed this panoramic in November of 2007 while in New Zealand. We have kept the piece under wraps for a year and a half due to the long cycle of getting a clothing line to market !

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