Rockstar artist, DJ, and music-maker Jon Santos has been doing seminal work in electronic print and music culture for over fifteen years. He came out of the late-'80's/early-90's Detroit music scene which spawned such mainstays as Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Richie Hawtin, Eminem, and DJ Godfather, and now works with closely with such music artists as Matmos and Mike Martinez, Kit Clayton, Blectum from Blechdom, and Kid 606. As the founder of common space, Santos transplanted his SF-based design studio to New York City several years ago, and has continued making notable contributions to the 21st Century culture he so patently embodies.
Case in point. For Serindip, a silent art auction which took place this past Monday, April 25th at NYC's White Box, Santos debuted this mind-blowing piece.
Not only is the image of a Death Star-under-construction as Epcot Center-style tourist attraction highly amusing, the idea is shockingly stirring: A gross future being constructed before the very eyes of a unconcerned and negligible populus. What makes this piece especially poignant is that the public is so us, a banal bunch of fanny pack-sporting, popsicle-eating, sarong-wearing, child-on-leash-having, picture-taking vationers, all having a lovely day at the Death Star. (The fine attention to detail is breath-taking.)
We have met the enemy, and it is $84.19 for a premium day pass, includes sequels and technology to export war to other worlds.
804k image lo-res link. 4.8 meg hi-res link.