At Wondercon 2011, I purchased two small drawings by Iva Sasheva, based on her “The Beautiful Future” project with Dale Wilson. I was attracted to the drawings’ charming “art deco” style, which conveys a sense of twentieth-century optimism – a fascination with speed, a desire to break through space. Afterwards I discovered the comic and was hugely impressed by it. The plot is simple: somebody in a lovely retro car, bored with the decaying capitalist world, ventures into the cosmos, which turns out to be filled with watchful eyes, fish-like giant predators and mysterious planetary bodies. The comic made me think me of many things, primarily of mid-century provenance – not only space-age design, but also weird surrealist movies (like Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan, which also had improbable skies covered with eyes) and psychedelic rock with its impulse towards nirvana. I am actually making a music mix dedicated to “The Beautiful Future.” Dale said that the project was inspired by stoner/doom metal, but for me, the artwork’s luminous colors make me think of something more, for lack of a better word, “upbeat,” like Boredoms or Jesu. Off I go to make my mix!!
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