Posts Tagged ‘Michael C. Hsiung’

Mastodon Maze

Published January 28, 2010 by Graham

Join us at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood this weekend for Mastodon Mesa’s debut group show, Mastodon Maze! I co-curated this show with Mya Stark. It may or may not include: ballroom dancers, gynecological blasphemy, paleolithic wool-spinning workshops, modular tetrahedrons, fabric portal party arteries, haunted mirrors, cup-string telecommunications, undead florae, trompe-l’oeil record collections, dream object development, horrific make-out closets, free wine, lovable mermen, hair-dryer symphonies, two stunningly chromatic landscapes, and a prism parlor.

It definitely includes work from more than 20 of our favorite artists, notably a wall of wonders from We Love You So friend Michael C. Hsiung. There’s a huge art fair going on at the Pacific Design Center all weekend, so if you check that out (on the 2nd floor), don’t forget to head up to the 5th floor to get lost in Mastodon Maze.

Michael C. Hsiung Gets Wild

Published January 7, 2010 by Graham


How did we miss this gem? Phenomenally talented illustrator Michael C. Hsiung designed this awesome t-shirt for Shirt.Woot, forever canonzing the glory and the follies of so many Where the Wild Things Are-inspired partygoers. The limited run of shirts sadly sold out at the beginning of December, but keep an eye out for more rad creations on Hsiung’s site!

Book City Jackets

Published October 22, 2009 by Graham


Indulging in some light Dan Brown? Perusing a Fabio-emblazoned romance novel? Maybe you’re curious about the oeuvre of L. Ron Hubbard, but don’t want people to think you’re a Scientologist. The solution is here! Book City Jackets makes beautiful paper bag-style book covers that offer discretion and style to any public reading experience while keeping your real book jackets clean and untorn. Book City’s brand new Artists Edition jackets present a pastoral scene from the tremendously talented Michael C. Hsiung, an ode to octopi by coffee-cup stippler Cheeming Boey and an elegant eagle portrait courtesy of Nishat Akhtar.

Why weren’t these around when I needed to cover my high school textbooks? Back in my day, we had to make do with the free book jackets advertising UPN’s fall programming and Mountain Dew they gave out in class. You kids have it easy!


Michael C. Hsiung

Published May 14, 2009 by Graham



Dapper seafaring gents, mermen, centaurs, soldiers and saints: these are the anachronistic subjects of Michael C. Hsiung’s curious doodles. Idiosyncratically mixing erudite references to obscure folklore with deadpan humor and unexpected romance, Hsiung’s treatment of epic olde thyme mythology is as sarcastic as it is tender. Fond of accenting his illustrations with long-winded titles like, “A scene in which the street performer with six fingers may or may not need the passerbyer’s help to untangle himself,” and “Whereupon uncertain events befell, the baby angora unicorn mourns the man with the broken neck,” Hsiung provides teasingly brief glimpses through his work to the vast fantasy world that seems to have taken root within his imagination, revealing itself one rad picture at a time.

Check out Hsiung’s latest drawing, “On the levitation of the boy named Peter,” which the artist has generously made available as a free PDF for recession-battered print collectors.