We were absolutely thrilled here at 2046 Design when we were asked by Southwest Magazine to create a book cover design for a photo shoot with astronaut Scott Kelly. Finding the right balance of design, spacey-ness and simplicity was key for the client. After sorting through a bunch of options we settled on a redesign of our Gravity poster for the book cover. Just seeing a real live astronaut next to our design is beyond words.
It’s been a long time coming, but I am happy to announce that the 2046 Print Shop is updated and ready to go! While the site may look similar we have gone through and totally rebuilt the back end resulting in faster load times, better mobile shopping and easier updates. SO get ready for more space, science and movie news and products coming out this year!
Here is a collection of my outrun designs ready for your iphone, galaxy, or whatever other phone you’re using. Enjoy!
I’m a visual person. I always learn (and retain) information more effectively when watching a documentary or video than by other means. I tend to think in a visual way, so naturally I gravitate to visual teaching about the world. Call it educational, documentary, nature show, science programming, I love to watch a show that gives insight into the natural world. Here are some of my favorite places to go when I want to learn something new:
1. Cosmos (Carl Sagan) – Nothing really compares to the original mind blowing documentary series by Carl Sagan. It was one of the first series to make complex information about the universe easily accessible. While the graphics and music may reveal its age, the information in the series is still enlightening and insightful.
2. Cosmos (Neil Degrasse) – A worthy successor to the original, this reboot of the Carl Sagan series picks up right where Carl left off. With new and improved computer generated graphics we are given a more in depth presentation of our complex reality.
3. BBC Nature Docs (David Attenborough) Planet Earth, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Blue Planet – I could have tried to pick one, but it was too hard, they are all so good. The BBC has a long history of creating narrative and imagery that keep you engaged and amazed at the natural world. With narration by famed naturalist, Sir David Attenborough these videos have taught me more about the biology of our planet than all of my high school classes combined.
4. Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design – In addition to being one of the greatest minds of our life time Stephen Hawking is also a great writer/narrator. His ability to talk about complex theories and what they mean to him on a fundamental and spiritual level is inspiring.
5. Crash Course – Youtube is the perfect platform for these short videos packed with information ranging from Philosophy to Sociology all the way to the history of video games. Great for those who want to learn with limited time.
6. Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell – Another Youtube channel that chooses fascinating subject matter and gives a succinct and colorful introduction to them. I am always excited to see a new video by this team.
This amazing video shows off scenes from every academy award winner in the category of Special Effects. It seems pretty clear after watching the video that this is a category of innovation. Most winners incorporate either some sort of new technology or precision model making. After seeing the nominees for 2017 I have to think this scene alone should win it for Blade Runner 2049.
It’s more of a feeling than a location.
Aside from locations literally setting the stage in a story, buildings, monuments, and scenery can enhance and develop moments sometimes beyond words themselves. Architecture specifically has the power to mimic landscapes, rebuild the human form and translate time into a lasting monument. Be it in film or on paper, moments and experiences can transcend dialogue when paired with an unforgettable, symbolic location. Whether it’s the overwhelming feeling of vertigo, the unbearable weight of grave conclusions, or the glittering burst of joy, these experiences are made deeper and richer with the power of stunning visuals and meaningful settings.
Here are some of the locations & buildings that have inspired the prints I have made throughout the years:
- Hawkins Laboratory – This spooky show is made only spookier with the knowledge that the building that plays home to the Hawkins National Laboratory was once a mental illness hospital. Today it is part of Emory University in Atlanta Georgia.
- Vulcan – The planet Vulcan has been a location for the Star Trek series dating all the way back to the original TV show. Originally it was filmed in the outskirts of LA at the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park. Since then the landscape of the park has been recreated and digitzed to create the landscape of the whole planet.
- New York: 1933 – Originally this print was created for the 75 year anniversary of the original King Kong movie. Since then we have seen just a few more King Kong flicks come out. The Empire State Building is probably one of the most filmed and iconic buildings in the world and matches the themes and grandeur of King Kong perfectly.
- Kansas 2044 – While the location is partially fictional because it takes place in the future, I think the feeling and location of Kansas is still an interesting choice for this film. In the third act of this action sci-fi you would expect a big climax, but this film does not go down that path. Instead the film slows down to a country lifestyle. We find ourselves in a farm in the middle of nowhere instead of some futuristic sci-fi locale. The scene where the protagonist talks with his older self takes place in a diner, a diner! As with all good movies the science fiction concepts are just a tool to create great characters going through extra ordinary circumstances.
- Australia – Not only is the Mad Max series of films some of the best to come out of Australia, the setting and story is so tied to the landscape of the country. Dry arid land sets the tone for the story, isolation and dystopic themes of the movie franchise. It simply would not feel the same if it took place anywhere else.
- Initech offices – The movie Office Space is filled with feelings of a stale, soul-less, office environment. The building used to film this movie is a perfect compliment to these themes. An nondescript strip mall in Austin taxes was the place where Mike Judge decided to film this movie.
We are super excited to be sharing the news of a collaboration between 2046 Design and I Paint My Mind, a non-profit that works with public schools in Chicago to fill hallways with art. There are now 30+ posters from 2046 Design lining the hallways of Austin College & Career Academy on Chicago’s south side. We couldn’t be more happy with the results and are thankful for the hard work put in by the students at Austin College & Career and I Paint My Mind.
Let’s just start by saying we are all way too smart to fall into the trap of top 10, top 50, top 100 lists. They seem to serve more as a argument topic than anything else. Picking the favorite whatever seems not only impossible but wreaks of something a 5 year old would want to talk about. So when I cam across Rotten Tomatoes 100 Best Science Fiction movie list I went in with a skeptic and guarded mind. So with all that in mind, c’mon man, Star Wars Episode III in front of Jedi?!?!? Gattaca at number 87!?!? I don’t think so. Here are my favorite 30. I put the favy fav’s toward the top and less favs toward the bottom, but no #1 to number #50 junk. (And yes the irony of bashing a top 100 list and then creating one is not lost on me.)
2001: A Space Odyssey: When people ask me what my favorite movie is I say this just to keep from saying nothing, which must mean something.
Looper: I’ve watched this movie over and over again.
Empire Strikes Back – The best Star Wars obvs.
Blade Runner – Noir, replicants, dystopian future, what’s not to like.
Back to the Future – Hard to picture an exec reading this script and saying, yeah sure, that would make a good movie.
Star Wars – I mean, it’s Star Wars.
Mad Max: Fury Road was great, but really can I just include the whole franchise here?
Children of Men – I’m starting to think I should just put any Alfonso Curon movie on this list.
Gravity – After I saw this movie in the theater, I think I told someone that that movie was made for people like me, for whatever that’s worth.
Gattaca: I’ve found myself saying “like in Gattaca” when discussing the future more than any other movie.
Ghost in the Shell: So good they almost made a shot for shot remake.
Ex Machina – A deadly AI, Stephen Hawking would be proud.
Primer – Such a good film with such a small budget.
Under the Skin – I didn’t feel this movie got the credit it deserved.
Blade Runner 2049 – It seems a little early to include this in here, but I want it to succeed so…
Akira: Anything that defines a genre should be on the list I figure.
E.T. – The OG stranger things. I recently re-watched this movie and I gotta say, it has stood the test of time.
The Fifth Element – I actually didn’t like this movie the first time I saw it – now it’s one of those movies I re-watch almost every year.
Terminator 2 – What can I say? I don’t think I would like James Cameron in person, but he makes a good action flik.
Serenity: I would like to include the whole TV series here as well, Whedon at his best.
Moon: Would like to see Duncan Jones return to small sci-fi character driven stories.
12 Monkeys: Time travel plot done right.
Her – I can’t wait to have a really bad break up so I can watch this movie an weep.
THX 1138: Lucas before he was LUCAS.
Arrival – Also seems a little early for this one, but making a whole movie about communicating seems much needed now.
War for the Planet of the Apes – A movie that makes you root for the apes instead of the humans. Which is weird because you’re human.
Guardians of the Galaxy – I can’t think of a movie that matches my sense of humor more.
The Matrix: Woah. I can’t believe this movie was made in the 90’s.
Inception: If MC Escher was a movie. I like MC Escher.
District 9 – I like the visuals in this movie a lot. And the acting of the lead role. And the plot. Yup, I guess I liked this movie.
Aside from locations literally setting the stage in a story, buildings, monuments, and scenery can enhance and develop moments sometimes beyond words themselves. Architecture specifically has the power to mimic landscapes, rebuild the human form and translate time into a lasting monument. Be it in film or on paper, moments and experiences can transcend dialogue when paired with an unforgettable, symbolic location.Whether it’s the overwhelming feeling of vertigo, the unbearable weight of grave conclusions, or the glittering burst of joy, these experiences are made deeper and richer with the power of stunning visuals and meaningful settings. Inferences made on the human experience through an architectural landscape, setting, or location are beyond compare and continuously perfected in film, video games, comics, and even books.
Galerie F is proud to present Justin Van Genderen’s “Location Location Location: Architecture” which features art prints of specific architecture and broader looks at locations in pop culture from books to cinema. Justin Van Genderen spends most of his time sticking to the ideas. The science. The truth of the matter. The intersection of Science, Art and Design is what occupies his brain most. His artwork in both the architectural and scientific realm seem to answer why we seek order in a universe that moves towards chaos, where our spirituality comes from and what human progress has to say about it all. He does all this while maintaining familiarity in these subjects through pop-culture, notable figures and scientific theories.
Prints on sale through Galerie F.
Hawkins National Laboratory from the series Stranger Things – Filmed at Emory State university
Initech Offices from the film: Office Space. Filmed at a strip of buildings in Austin, Texas.
The towers from the TV series: The Wire. Filmed at the McCulloh homes in Baltimore, Maryland.
Two Pines Chapel from the film: Kill Bill. Filmed at the Calvary Baptist Church in Lancaster California.
The Massive Tyrell Corporation headquarters from the film: Blade Runner. Based on the scale models built for the film.
A shot from outside the gallery on opening night, thanks to everyone who showed up!
I wanted to quickly share with everyone the great news. Through selling prints of our official Rogue NASA print, we were able to raise over $2,000 for Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the March for Science Chicago. The posters are still available and all profits will continue to be donated to organizations dedicated to fighting climate change. Thanks to everyone who purchased a print!!!