Inside Contagious Magazine’s 44th & 45th issues, you’ll find art work from not one, not two, but three of jelly’s artists: Pat Perry, James Dawe & Melvin Galapon. Whilst Pat indulges us in an ominous, yet brilliant, apocalyptic vision of the world we live in today, James strikes us with a bright & futuristic vision of the future of Artificial Intelligence on the following page. In the subsequent issue, Melvin’s prominent graphic work envelopes the Most Contagious 2015 report. We spoke to the artists & took a closer look…
Winner takes allIn Issue 44, Pat’s striking and thought-provoking illustrations accompany the words of NYU professor, Scott Galloway. In his interview with Contagious, Scott outlines his bleak view of the world of marketing, luxury and the American economy – where the rich are getting richer and the middle classes are getting replaced by technology.
To supplement Scott’s views, Contagious asked jelly London to provide them with an illustrator that could create “a Hieronymus Bosch-like vision of hell, with terrible things happening, but some rich people enjoying the spoils.” For those of you that know Pat’s work well, you’ll instantly understand why he got the job. For those of you that don’t, he gladly talked us through the powerful scene he created:
PP> “The illustration contains nods towards real causes & consequences of the conglomeration of wealth & power; like masses of 'the little guy' getting stomped by the billionaire in the car, quarrelling and lashing out at each other, and carrying the weight of the procession. There’s cops ahead of the little folks; surveilling them, stomping them, and kicking them into jail. Next to that, a media character's news camera is mesmerized by what's being dangled in front of it - a nod towards the ruling class' control over the flow of information, even in the age of the internet.”
PP> “The procession is pulled by a governmental figure who rolls out the red carpet for the billionaires. That politician character is lured by re-election promises and campaign money, like a carrot on a stick in front of a donkey.”
PP>” In the background, a rich developer parades along on his cranes as he builds his way to the top. The kids in the foreground are young, spoiled, and self-regarding. They relax on their smart phones as their cruise ship ploughs through the crowd of struggling masses. The ship is propelled by rowing, enslaved workers. Besides that, there's big oil and the industry of useless commodities, chained behind the car, following in step, and keeping the procession moving. Throw in some clear-cut trees, some climate change symbols like smokestacks, and there you have it; a nice little illustration of the times we live in.”
See more of Pat Perry’s work here.
The Rise of AIOver the next page, in luminous contrast, James Dawe’s bright and ultramodern photo-collages adorn Patrick Jeffrey’s article on Virtual Assistants.
Patrick assesses how artificial intelligence & virtual personal assistants (VPAs) like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana could fundamentally change the future of our industry:
“Meet Amelia. She works day and night, never gets tired, doesn’t take holidays and speaks 20 languages. She’s also hyper-intelligent and learns faster than anyone else. Except, the thing is, she’s not human.”
We spoke to James about creating the work:
JD> “[Contagious] didn’t want my illustrations to take on a totally Terminator-style ‘Rise of the Machines’ feel, so I aimed to show humans operating amongst a surreal and futuristic landscape of new technology, retro computer graphics, glitches and abstract 3D masses representing algorithms.”
JD> “Part of my inspiration came from the connection I made between the film LUCY and this feature. Especially the end sequence when the human brain is shown to work at full capacity and everything is taken over by a black technological mass. That’s how I remember it anyway.”
See more of James Dawe’s work here.
Most Contagious 2015Jelly’s illustrator & lettering artist Melvin Galapon collaborated with the team to create the cover of their Most Contagious 2015 report, ahead of their flagship annual event.
To create the cover, which wraps the report, Melvin used his unique style to play with Most Contagious’ visual identity, using their logo variations and brand colours.
Melvin's work was also used throughout the 16 page feature to illustrate some of the headlines. Here's some work in progress images: