‘Select Works with a Twist’ opens today at the Idea Exchange in Cambridge. The collection exhibition features 17 rugs by artists and illustrators represented by Reactor Art and Design, as well as nine limited edition tapestries designed by famous 20th century artists.
Featuring the work of Fernand Léger, Max Ernst, Jean (Hans) Arp, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol, Barbara Klunder, Rene Zamic, Jeff Jackson, Maurice Vellekoop, Jamie Bennett, James Marsh, and Steven Guarnaccia.
Curated by Esther E. Shipman.
January 16 – February 5, 2017
Idea Exchange Art + Design | Design at Riverside Gallery
7 Melville Street S., Cambridge, ON
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 18, 7:00pm
For more information, visit http://ideaexchange.org/art/exhibition/select-works-twist.
January 16, 2017
I’m pleased to announce that the FISHAUF DESIGN Artist Shop is now open on Threadless, the premier online site for graphic tees.
The shop address: https://fishaufdesign.threadless.com
Back in the 1980s, as Creative Director of Reactor Art + Design, I helped our then-client, footwear retailer Roots, to develop their first line of graphic tees and sweats. The incredible success of the Roots Athletics line catapulted the company out of the niche leather and footwear market to become one of Canada’s leading clothing retailers.
Roots’ success inspired us to create Reactor Artwear, a line of wearable-art tees and sweats with graphics created by Reactor’s talented artists and designers. We produced the garments in Toronto, and sold them to boutiques and department stores in Canada, the US and Europe.
The press and public loved the product, but owing to our inexperience and naiveté, some poor business decisions and the cutthroat nature of the garment business, we were unable to make Reactor Artwear a financial success, and had to shut it down after about three years.
Now, 25 years later, the advent of the internet and on-demand garment printing has allowed me to once again indulge my interest in creating wearable art and design on that most democratic of clothing items, the tee shirt. My Artist Shop will feature new designs, as well as some revivals of Reactor Artwear classics.
Featured designs in the shop today include my FLORA collage, which was recently chosen from over 2,000 submissions to be part of the Collective Brewing Label Series, and a revival of TALK IS CHEAP, one of the most popular Reactor designs from the 1980s.
I plan to add new designs on a regular basis, so check back often.
Recently he repurposed images from his best-selling book Dance of Death, published by Reactor in 1987, into posters, prints and other merchandise.
View some images on his FaceBook page.
November 3, 2015
Those retro modern pillows at left are available at Society6.
December 10, 2013
Back in the day, one Halloween Eve, the Reactorites were at the launch of Canada Post’s Halloween 1997 stamps. Louis Fishauf was the series art director and designer. Jamie Bennett, Simon Ng, Tom Hunt and Blair Drawson created art for the Werewolf, the Goblin, the Ghost and Dracula. City TV attended the launch of The Haunted Stamp collection at Reactor’s studio and featured an interview with Louis and a representative from Canada Post. The project included the four stamps, a first day cover featuring glow-in-the-dark illustrations by Jamie Bennett, and Haunted House commemorative packaging.
Maurice Vellekoop was commissioned to create the cover and inside visuals for this CD package and booklet.
October 15, 2013
Written and illustrated by Blair Drawson and published by Reactor, the EPub book, An Odd Sea is available on Apple’s iTune Store in the iBook classics section.
An Odd Sea is a liberty-taking retelling of Homer’s classic. Blair turns a satirical eye on war, sex, identity, technology, misbehaving youth, and the follies of all-powerful gods. The novel is liberally illustrated throughout with Blair’s powerful images.
Alena Skarina illustrated this Cover illustration for a limited edition book tote for The Walrus magazine.
October 2, 2013