Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Interview with Brian Flynn about Super7's first bronze release... the "Skullwalker"!

Bronze... not known for being a precious metal but one more of fortitude, this metal alloy consists primarily of copper, usually with tin as the main additive, and it holds a place in history as there was a time period, the Bronze Age, named after the metal. So why do artists turn to this material to make a statement... simply put, because it's heavy, hard, lasts the test of time and looks bad ass! Today we are getting an exclusive look at Brian Flynn of Super7's latest figure "Skullwalker", and no it's not vinyl or pvc, but solid bronze... Super7's first by the way. We took some time to ask some questions of Brian about the process, the difference between metal and vinyl, as well as some common traits most of Brian's figures share... so please take a moment and CLICK THROUGH for the entire interview with Brian along with tons of info and sketches along with release info (Friday, April 8th at 11am PST • 30 pieces at $300 each).

1. Hey Brian, stellar looking figure you have here! Can you give us the rundown on the mythos behind your Skullwalker?
The Skullwalker is actually a giant sized character. Although huge, he is a bit clumsy, and fairly inattentive. He is blissfully heading off to have a leisurely day, never really aware of the inadvertent destruction he causes along the way. He doesn't mean to create problems, sometimes things just happen that way. He is just out for a nice walk.

2. So I have noticed with the majority of the figures you design (if not all) they seems to share a similar characteristic... the crack/lightning bolt on the forehead... your Skullwalker has this trait as well, what's this all about?
The crack is on all of my "ghost" or "spirit" characters. The crack is the symbol of life after death. Basically, when the body dies, the soul is still alive, and the soul exits the body by forcing a crack through the head allowing it to escape the physical body. From that point on, the soul wears that crack as a scar for the rest of eternity. It is a transition marker -almost like cutting the umbilical cord, you always have your belly button as the scar from your former state of being in the womb. I believe that most things exhibit some kind of life or soul, even inanimate objects (otherwise how could they bring us happiness like so many do?), so I enjoy documenting what I think the world exists beyond the tangible world of these spirits/souls/ghosts as they careen through our world, interacting with it, but not always visible to us.

3. Super interesting... so why now have you decided to make the leap from vinyl/plastic toys, to I guess what most would consider fine art? Is this a platform in which you're hoping people will look at Super7 in a more serious manner?
I think it is a mix. A lot of my art work and Super7 product gets mixed up on a consistent basi