These Beasts: Lyndon Pike *Special 9 Part Space 15 Twenty Feature*
This is a 9 part series in collaboration with Urban Outfitters' Space 15 Twenty. Our Origami Girls and Wavy Boys show will be up Feb 16-18, and we're doing free workshops from 11-4 on Saturday & Sunday. We will also be running collage features on their blog and social media.
We first discovered @UniversalCollage via instagram. His vibrant, and thoughtful works offer a globally-minded take on the nature of images in the contemporary era. Potent signifiers are collected and organized into distinct color palettes, and ultimately recast as a narrative that departs from the familiar, and arrives somewhere beyond the unknown. The result is a mix of images that combine to offer a vernacular that suggests the future is not about knowing the rules, or breaking them–it's about moving through them without touching anything and proving that the true and magical nature of humans cannot be summarized with stories written by capitalism.
1.) What’s your name?
2.) Where are you from?
3.) Where do you live?
A suburb called Five Dock, which has a large Italian migrant population, and subsequent deli's and cafe's catering to the cuisine of those wonderful people.
4.) 3 reasons why your life in your city couldn’t happen anywhere else?
In any part of Sydney, you are only 20 minutes away from one of over 100 beaches.
Health care - Australia provides universal basic coverage to all citizens, and free treatment at public hospitals, and most treatments free or subsidized by the government. They cover dental, optho, and mental health, as well as services for the elderly and disabled.
It's a pretty safe place for locals and tourists alike. I'm grateful that I live in a peaceful environment without citizens bearing arms, being involved in local war/conflict or having to be overly wary of walking around alone at night.
5.) What kind of work do you do?
I'm a full time graphic designer for a music/entertainment consultancy agency.
6.) What keeps you inspired?
Music - music has been my life blood since I was 5 years old. I host a radio show here in Sydney as well as semi regular DJ spots if the event is interesting. I'm also inspired by other creatives, even in fields I don't participate in - forward thinking is forward thinking and you should be open to all of it. I'm also inspired by my family, my co-workers, my peers and friends.
7.) Where do you work? Describe it to me as if I’m a person who recently went blind, and you’re giving me a tour of all the details.
I work in a large warehouse space that is a creative hub/shared environment in Glebe, Sydney. Our particular company's office is located in an old terrace house built onto the front of the warehouse. It previously functioned as an Air B&B, it has all the trappings of a regular home, such as bathroom with shower, proper kitchen, lounge area and 2 rooms that were previously bedrooms. We are a small team so the office is like going to work in a very laid back, homely space that I'm truly grateful to operate in.
8.) What is 1 challenge that has defined you for at least one chapter of your life?
In the past I've suffered from the age old creative curse of not finishing something I'd started. The past 12 months have been defining for me as i've been more driven with an ongoing project than ever before and although I'm in the early stages of my planned outcome, it feels natural, rewarding and challenging in all the right ways.
9.) What are some of your favorite snacks, and do you eat them while you work?
Dried Wasabi Peas - amazing. Also, Indian Bhuja mix, which I'm eating at this very moment. Oh, and ice cream - LOVE my ice cream.