Friday, August 29, 2014

Lens On The City

In an attempt to develop my photography chops a little, I enrolled in the "Lens On The City" program sponsored by the Detroit Opera House this week. I could still benefit from more "how-to" technical tutoring, but it was a great opportunity to explore, with a guide and group, some corners of the city that even a long-time resident like me might not get to see very often: backstage at the Opera Theater, the roof of the  Park Shelton, the the Mies Van Der Rohe-designed Lafayette Park developments, the conference center and reflecting pool at Wayne State designed by Minoru Yamasaki, and more. Here's some of my faves from the two days of shooting we did.


Tony Smith's "Gracehoper" from the Park Shelton roof.






The still-new-ish Hellenic Museum is a work in progress but full of interesting stuff (at least to someone who married into a Greek family. There's a photo of my in-laws there). 




From the dolls-of-the-world collection at the International Institute.




Lafayette Park. Maybe the second photo can stand for the double-edged nature of the project - a beautiful and unique (if only semi-realized) mid-century modern planned community, but built on the bulldozed spot where the vibrant (and dilapidated) black neighborhood/jazz hotspot Black Bottom once stood.



Costuming room at the Opera House.






The Yamasaki reflecting pool near the conference center and art building at Wayne State University, recently renovated. It sat dry and neglected the whole time I attended the school in the late '80s-early '90s.

Monday, August 04, 2014

High Infidelity Part 2



So I've already submitted one fake record design to the Last Record Shop exhibit at Public Pool gallery in Hamtramck, but I found time to do one more, a loving homage/tongue-in-cheek parody of the late '80s 4AD records I love (This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, and the Lonely Is An Eyesore compilation, mainly). I got nothin' on legendary record sleeve designer Vaughan Oliver, but hopefully this is close enough for rock 'n' roll - or phony shoegaze/etherpop, in this case. (Cover photo of Miss Holly Hock by Jonathan Satterfield.) The Last Record Shop will be open from September 7 to October 18, 2014!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

At the movies

death race_metrotimes_by sean bieri
"Death Race (2008)" vs. "Death Race 2000 (1975)"

When I was at Metro Times, I started up a practice of using drawings, rather than publicity photos, to illustrate the lead movie review. I drew a lot of them myself, and many were contributed by a few other illustrators. Bad movies were usually better subjects than good ones - I could poke fun at the dogs - but it was also cool to try to boil a great film down to its essence in a quick sketch. Some of mine weren't that great, but here are a few that I still like.

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"Air Guitar Nation" (2006)

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"The Omen" (2006)

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"High Noon" (1952)

kinsey_metrotimes_by sean bieri
"Kinsey" (2004)

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"Rocky Balboa" (2006)

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"Pandora's Box" (1929)

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"Dr. Strangelove" (1964)

Friday, July 04, 2014

Some rockets' red glaring mistakes to avoid...

Happy 4th of July, y'all! Here's another Doofus and Dainty article, courtesy of Metro Times, with some tips on how not to blow yourself up with those high-power firecrackers you can buy in Michigan nowadays. Illustration by me, natch.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

High Infidelity

Hamtramck's Public Pool art space has put out a call to artists for fake record albums for a show called "The Last Record Shop." The plan is to collect up a bunch of phony LPs, featuring real sleeve art for made-up bands, and stage a faux music store in the gallery, where the public can flip through the racks and buy the artworks. Check the link for details - still two months until the deadline! Meanwhile, here's what I hope will be the first of two or three records I'll be creating for the show.

last record shop, public pool, hamtramck, sean bieri

last record shop, public pool, hamtramck, sean bieri

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pie in the sky

apple pie, Carl Sagan, Sean Bieri

For a summer solstice event at Hamtramck art space Popps Packing, a music/performance/art show inspired by both Sun Ra and Carl Sagan, I took a quote of Sagan's from the original "Cosmos" series to its literal conclusion. I baked four apple pies, decorated them with the quote, and wrote and printed a '70s-style recipe card for Apple Pie a la Sagan. Here's a photo of the resulting "art/pie piece," along with the recipe - cut out and keep! (Or contact me about getting your own hard copy, ready for your recipe index file.)

apple pie, Carl Sagan, Sean Bieri

apple pie, Carl Sagan, Sean Bieri

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More for Metro Times

The latest: A new spot illo for a story on how to get stoned the smart way (well, relatively smart...), plus a new Optik Birmingham ad, both in MT's Summer Guide issue this week.

stoned, drinking, smart, summer, metrotimes, sean bieri

optik,sean bieri

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Can't throw devil horns without raising your pinky

Metro Times was nice enough to throw me another illustration gig for a story about mosh pit etiquette. It's all fun and games until someone gets their liberty spikes smooshed, kids, so let's be careful out there.

mosh etiquette by sean bieri

Monday, May 19, 2014

Music heals

...or so I'm told, but I can't play a lick. So instead, when Oakwood Hospital wanted some of my drawings as part of a display of local artists at their facility in Dearborn, I contributed these four musically-themed sketches. They were all drawn live at performances I attended over the last few years.

bass player by sean bieri

cello player by sean bieri

fiddle player by sean bieri

saw player by sean bieri

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"Quixotic" on a triple-triple!

Doodlin' around on angels vs. devils yet again. Here, the eternal battle is waged on the always contentious Scrabble board.

angel vs. devil vs. scrabble by sean bieri

Sunday, May 04, 2014

More museum sketches

In her video "Carrying the Milk," Marina Abramovic holds a bowlful motionless for several minutes until her hands start to shake from the strain and the milk spills. The tension was obviously getting to some kids who were watching the video at the Detroit Institute of Arts the other night.

Marina Abramovic, DIA, Sean Bieri

Bonus sketch: another one of Barlach's "Avenger," just because I like the piece so much.

Ernst Barlach, Avenger, DIA, Sean Bieri

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Detroit gets served

Here's my latest illustration to appear in Detroit Metro Times, for a story about gourmet food, and ruin porn, and gentrification, and satire, and money, and... well, read for yourself.

waiter, ruin porn, detroit, waiter, metro times, sean bieri

Thursday, April 17, 2014

And now, a few words...

These are just some "found text" samples that I liked.







Friday, March 28, 2014

I'm my own boss

...sometimes. After so much of my artwork over the years being assigned from various clients, I'm trying to get back to, essentially, giving myself the assignments - so I'll get to be the guy who tells me "I've got a great idea for a cartoon!" It's been too long. Here are a couple of early attempts from recent months. (See "Standoff" below for another, and note the sketch version of "BFFs" below from the "Monster Draw" last year.)

angel, devil, devil girl, bff, sean bieri

elephant, cartoon, self portrait, sean bieri


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Why have a blog if you can't brag on it, right?

Lots going on, art-wise: The "Demented Detroit" cartoon show at Henry Ford Community College just came down tonight, but you can still see a few of my cartoons in the "Kapow" comics show at Eastern Michigan University, and (if you hurry) four of my drawings as part of the "12 On 12" group show at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn (below).


Metro Times got me to do some illustrations for this week's article urging out-of-towners to be respectful when they come to Detroit for Opening Day at the baseball stadium.


In the same issue, I've got another baseball themed drawing, this one for the latest Optik ad.


And last but not least (well, okay, it's also least) is, uh, this thing, now in the permanent collection of the Specs Howard School marketing department's coffee/storage room, for some reason...