2014 Red Bull Art of Can Entry from RDQLUS
"Alas, poor Yourick. I knew him… a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy."
The Red Bull "Art of Can" show is a platform by which artists submit artwork created using actual Red Bull cans as both medium & fodder. The RDQLUS "Fresh Aire" concept draws from the ideas of graffiti writers, production lines, and factories I grew up around, and the need for clean air in more industrial areas. I've always loved the almost superhero/villain look of breathers. Not only do they clear the air, but they offer a bold, future style and empowering anonymity. I wanted my project to be fully functional as to be used and worn in real life.
The motifs are "air" and "function." All air on earth starts naturally clean. It's what's added from the many things we've done to it that cause it to be unclean. To be able to cleave the not-so-functional from that which is needed is all that is necessary for functional results. Air is also a tangible tool itself, as us for cooling, flight, wind-power, etc. So playing off of the Red Bull catchphrase "… Gives You Wings," I applied approximately 300 hand-cut alloy feathers (made from the can wall) to the breathing apparatus. Following the can artwork, one side is chrome while the other is blue. I placed the drinking end of the cans over the air intake & exhaust ports allowing the air to keep flowing through the winged facades. For a bit of literal poetic license, the breather is mounted to a resin skull, alluding to the act in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.
Being selected to the first round of the "Art of Can" show is amazing. The hope is to make the next round which is the Chicago showing in November. But either way, it's an honor to even be considered.