The king of doodles on his fear of the Monopoly man and his love of The Bartman
The title of Jon Burgerman’s first monograph, published in 2008, is ‘Pens are my friends’. Ours too, Jon, ours too. It’s on the basis of that sense of stationery kinship that we invited the artist, who doodles his way between pop culture, street art and fine art, to get involved in this week’s Essential List.
His work is bubbling over with vibrant characters and that energy has taken him in all sorts of wild directions on his journey from Birmingham, England to Brooklyn. The gregarious artist has collaborated with brands from CocaCola and Pepsi to Sony and Nintendo and his work has been shown at prestigious galleries all over the world. He’s co-produced documentaries and once created his own pop-art band, Anxieteam. There’s a lot going on here.
And to our absolute delight, Jon has even illustrated his Essential List, sharing the scariest interpretation of Rich Uncle Pennybags we’ve ever seen...
oPlace of birth: Planet Earth
oStaycation: The exclusive resort of Bed, with daily sightseeing tours to Fridge and Sofa.
oVacation: Korea, Japan, Berlin. Anywhere with good food or cheap beer.
oPet: My brother’s dog Noodles
oPlace of work: My studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
oPlace of workout: The walk from my apartment to my studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
oSide project: I only have side projects.
oMode of transport: My fallen arched feet.
oBonus Travel Essential: Someone else paying for the flight.
oArtist: Jean Dubuffet
oMusician: DJ Boring (this is a real musician, not a flippant answer)
oCommercials / music video director: Michel Gondry
oFilm director: Right now can only be the brilliant Agnes Varda
oPhotographer: William Eggleston
oCommercial: Anything with stop-motion animation.
oMusic Video: Do the Bartman
oVideo Game: Gunstar Heroes
oBoard Game: Monopoly
oBook: Into the Woods by John Yorke
oGraphic Novel: Shenzhen by Guy Delisle
oNewspaper (off or online): I guess the Guardian
oMagazine: I think my days of regularly buying a magazine are over sadly.
oBonus Culture Essential: anything by the NY performance group Bankrukt
Food and Drink
oBreakfast: Rather than try impress you I’m going to be honest. Either cereal, oats or popcorn.
oRestaurant: Vinnie's Pizzeria, a slice whilst walking somewhere I’m late to.
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