Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Hermetic Life of Pearson & Maron

"a bear swallowed my universe"

So I'll admit that I've been spending all my time saying obnoxious things on Twitter when I could have been doing something semi-useful. Adam and I have made a vow to be more productive which includes more frequent blog posts and new artwork. Plus we have some funny things around town that we want to share with you.
love,
quincy

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Felt Club




















It's Felt Club time again!

Felt club is having their annual Holiday event on Sunday the 16th. Felt club is a super amazing craft fair. There's going to be crazy fantastic things to buy, workshops by Jenny Hart and Kaari Meng. Leslie Hall will be there with her gem sweaters (!!!)

We will be vendors again this year too. So if you are in Southern California this weekend come by our table and see us in all our frumpish glory.


See the full list of vendors here


Add ImageBerkley Illustration



Tsai-Fi







Thursday, October 2, 2008

Art Opening Tonight!


Just a quick post to let any SoCal people know that Adam has a new sculpture in a show at the Metropolitan Museum in Riverside California. The opening is tonight from 6-9pm. So catch those debates tomorrow on youtube and come say hi!

http://www.riversideca.gov/museum/exhibit-5.asp


The show will be up through next year so if you don't make it tonight I forgive you.

*The cryptid sculptures that Adam & I made for the New York show at Apex gallery were a last minute addition to this show.

Cheers,
Quincy

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Custom Cryptid - Gluhmonster


I've been a bit lax in my blog updates. The monsters you see above were Adam's present for Fathers day this year. They were custom made by German artist Caroline Gaedechens. The kicker? They glow in the dark. So amazing.

Caroline's website : http://www.carolinegaedechens.com/

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Vote for Handmade Kids!


We are finalists in Etsy's Handmade kid challenge!
This little fox figurine is our entry in the art category.
If you'd like to vote go here: http://www.etsy.com/voter.php
You need an Etsy account to vote so if you're registering for the first time we'd be much obliged if you'd put PearsonMaron in the referral box


We also have some of our hardware from our Knobs shop in the eco friendy, home decor, and furniture categories too.

Mechadinosaurs



It was super hard narrowing down my votes. Here's a couple of my favorites:


Frank Porter the Hot Dog Eating Champion
by PillowMonsters



Shedding Snake
byWeeBeeUniquesByJulie




Love,
Quincy




Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Cryptids are spotted in the Big Apple!


Nessie Does New York:
Monetizing Myth, Legend & Culture



We have several installation/sculpture pieces at Apex Gallery.
If you're in New York City this month please come check it out.


Opening reception July 2 6-8pm

291 Church Street
(between Walker and White)
New York, NY 10013 USA

tel. +212 431 5270


http://www.apexart.org/index.htm
http://www.apexart.org/exhibitions/nessie.htm



Thursday, May 22, 2008

Miniature Golf

Miniature Golf

I have had many fixations in my life but miniature golf or putt putt has a very special place in my heart and has always created a stir within me since I was a child. Those animal statues, wind mills, castles and gingerbread houses, look like large scale folk art sculptures or scaled down roadside attractions. Several of these courses had elaborate water features and landscaping which only added to the magical effect it had on me. Most courses these days have rides, water slides, batting cages, go karts and arcades, functioning as a kind of poor mans Disneyland. As an adult I have realized the role these courses play in our lives, creating an escape from the mundane existence of suburbia as well as a bitter reminder of suburbia itself. But miniature golf is more than weekend entertainment; it is also a professional sport. Several years ago I saw a professional miniature golf tournament on ESPN and was struck that an 11 year old child can compete at the same level as a 50 year old adult. For a moment I too wanted to be a professional miniature golfer, but like the rest of us I have to accept my own limitations.

~Adam

photos courtesy of King Power Cinema



An insane mini golf hole that Rube Goldberg would appreciate


The professional miniature golf association website. Offers a PMGA Miniature Golf course Course Directory, and course reviews. as well as miniature golf news etc.

http://www.thepmga.com/


The U.S. ProMiniGolf Association

Has a detailed history of mini golf and pro info. On mini golf

http://prominigolf.com/history.html



Monday, April 14, 2008

LA River Cats

photo courtesy of CL Photo

As a kid in the late 70’s, I always looked forward to driving by the LA river in my dad’s brown Oldsmobile and getting a glimpse of the cat faces painted on the water drainage covers. The cat faces were always a signifier to me that we were almost home.

As an adult while traveling the Interstate 5 N. bound (somewhere between the Los Feliz exit and the 134 interchange) I noticed that the cat faces were no longer visible. I wondered if they still even existed. To my surprise many have been painted over and some have mysteriously reappeared in a more modern graffiti style. The Cat faces are fascinating to me and are an example of a collective of random and anonymous individuals working in a sort of spontaneous artistic collaboration that has created what I consider to be great American folk art. ~Adam

cats in 1980

After the "clean up"


Photos By Craig Endler (except where noted)
He also wrote a nice article about his involvement with the cat faces

More photos of the LA river



Thursday, March 27, 2008

Confessions of a Failed Balloon Sculptor

Jeff Koons "Balloon Dog (Magenta)"
Photo: Santi Caleca


Awhile back I attempted to learn how to make balloon animals for my daughter’s birthday party. Even though I was only able get as far as a dog and a bunny I was really excited to create them for the kids and especially for my daughter.

The day of the party I got started twisting the balloons into shapes, unfortunately I was unable to get the kids excited about the balloon animals I was making. Maybe it was the way I was making them or maybe I appeared to be clumsy and the children sensed my inexperience. After some time of failing to get any one’s attention I decided to give it up, even though I had been practicing and learning balloon sculpture for the previous 3 weeks. All of the sudden my friend came up and without saying a word grabbed a balloon and quickly blew it up and started twisting the thing like a maniac and created a complex bear. The kids went crazy for it and wanted him to make that bear over and over. I was humiliated and just stood there and stared.

X-Wing Balloon Sculpture

photo: David Grist

To blow up those long balloons manually is next to impossible unless you have runner’s lungs. I had to use a hand pump and felt like a complete loser.

The concept to making balloon sculpture is simple but the application is not. Balloon sculpture isn’t limited to simple dog and bunny shapes but can be almost infinite in its complexity if one has the imagination to push the limits.


Balloon Sculpture History

It is said that the first known balloon sculpture dates back to the Aztecs. I will spare you the ugly details of what they were made of and how they were aquired. The early balloons were twisted into the shape of a dog or a donkey and ceremoniously taken to the top of the Aztec pyramid and burned in honor of the sun.

For a more detailed account of all things balloon:

http://www.balloonhq.com/faq/history.html


An incredible balloon environment



Balloon art slide show



~Adam


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Nessie Mini Sculpture



I love this little sculpture that Adam made so much. I convinced him to start making them to sell.

The photography for his sculptures are a little hard, especially since I am not a photographer. They really look so much better in person.

We did a two person show a quite a few years ago called "Seamonsters See Monsters" which was probably the start of my obsession with mythical sea creatures.

~Quincy

Friday, March 14, 2008

Custom Cryptid

Well, if you are at all familiar with our Etsy shop, you'll know that Adam has a bit of an obsession with all things cryptid. And since Etsy just rolled out the long awaited Alchemy feature where you can request custom work from artists, I wanted to show everyone what I gave Adam for Valentines Day this year.

photo courtesy of missbehaven

It's a custom made papier mache Bigfoot Figurine made by missbeahaven.
Isn't it great!?! We hope to collect more artist made cryptids soon.
~Quincy

Mold-A-Rama



I recently rediscovered Mold-A-Ramas. I haven’t thought about them since the age of 9. They’re plastic figurines molded right before your eyes by a vending machine that looks like it could be right of a 1950’s sci-fi movie. Mold-A-Rama machines were usually located in zoos, museums, and theme parks. They produced all types of figurines, most were animals and dinosaurs but there were various mechanical themes as well, which included a steam locomotive, a submarine, a battleship and the space shuttle. These injection molding machines were developed in the mid 1950’s. Some Mold-A-Rama’s are still in use today, kept alive by inventive technicians creating parts by hand and hardware store acquisitions.

~Adam

Here's a video of a Mold-A-Rama in action:


For more photos of Mold-A-Rama figurines check out this flicker group:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/moldarama/pool/

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Stars and Infinite Darkness

Hey hey hey!

Our silly little magnets and pins are being carried at stars and infinite darkness!

See the friendly jackalope peering out at you?

This is super exciting for me especially since I found them back when they were called Virgin Threads, way before I had ever even heard of the beloved Etsy.com

~Quincy

About Me

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PearsonMaron is a collaboration between artists Quincy Pearson and Adam Maron. We specialize in monster magnets, unique knobs made from recycled metal, and lots of other interesting kitschy stuff. We are married and live in Southern California with our daughter and three mean cats.