Paint Pens Collective Beams Up For “Hello, 2014”

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Feature on the sci-fi-themed art show “Hello, 2014,” in San Francisco, hosted by Paint Pens Collective and curated by Shayna Yasuhara.


By Daniel Barron


Trekkies! Browncoats! Whatever the hell they call people who won’t shut up about Doctor Who!  If you live in San Francisco, get off the internet and make way for an art show made just for you.  To kick off the new year, the lowbrow art collective Paint Pens Collective will be hosting “Hello, 2014,” a sci-fi-themed show in which fifteen artists (including curator Shayna Yasuhara) conjure up their creative visions of the World of Tomorrow.


The full lineup:

Shayna Yasuhara, Sucklord, Ed Luce, Chelsea Brown, Amelia Dozezal, Patt Kelley, Tofusquirrel, Veronica Fish, Alexis Amann, Cristina Paolos, Stephen Wagner, Metaworks, Katie Longua, Wel Sed, Matthew Jaffe



Where did the inspiration for this show come from?
This show was inspired by January, the official start of the new year. This is the perfect time to thank about and celebrate the future. Sci-fi is also a reflection of our human nature, our hopes and fears, and a commentary on society, our world, and the Universe. The idea that there is something more, and something bigger going on, is timeless and intriguing to me…and hopefully to others, as well.
shayna yasuhara art
Are you a big sci-fi fan, yourself?
The spectrum of sci-fi fans runs from casual to beyond extreme…so I’m not sure where I’d fall on that spectrum. I’ll start by saying that I don’t own any Spock ears. However, I am ninety-nine percent sure that I saw a UFO in my early twenties. No joke and no drugs. I have also loved sci-fi related art and what artists have done with the topic of UFOs, aliens, and all things sci-fi, so it is a real pleasure to be able to create a show like this.
shayna yasuhara art
Where do you hope to take Paint Pens Collective in 2014?
In 2013, I transitioned the collective’s name from “Paint Pens in Purses,” which had been an all-female collective since 2008 to “Paint Pens Collective,” which is a gender-neutral name. I feel that gender is just one extra construct between the concepts of “human” and “art,” which are complex enough as is.
2014 should be a great year! Lots in the works and a great year to expand further from being a national collective to being more of an international collective. I’d like to branch out and find more artists for our Featured Artist series. I’d also like to continue to curate more shows, on both the east coast and the west coast.
shayna yasuhara art
Can you describe the thought or process that goes into a collage? Does the idea of material come first?
Art is seeing what comes to fruition, seemingly on its own. I find that the things that intrigue me most seem to come to life within my work, no matter what the materials. I gravitate toward forests, horses, castles, spirits, and dreams. These subjects seem to find their into my work, whether it was the plan or not. I find that I am the medium to what gets created and that a combination of fashion magazines, out-of-date interior design magazines, and cut-out shapes are my materials of choice.

shayna yasuhara art

shayna yasuahara art



“When I was approached about doing some pieces for “Hello, 2014” my mind immediately went to The X-Files. It’s a show I grew up on so it holds a special place in my heart. They’re not based on any particular episode, just interpretations of scenarios I could see Mulder and Scully getting into. I had a lot of fun with the lighting and shadow to play up a spooky sci-fi effect that would add some drama to the pieces.”

patt kelley

patt kelley

patt kelley

patt kelley


amelia dolezal



sucklord art


sucklord art

sucklord art


“I’m excited to have my work included in this show because I have loved science fiction since I was a kid reading The Martian Chronicles and watching Star Trek to my current obsession with Doctor Who. In my work, I’m inspired by stories and characters from science fiction, comics, mythology, fairy tales, natural history, and day-to-day life. I like to play with how ugly and beautiful are defined and fit together, and with how we come to know ourselves. I often include elements of the night sky/space within my work as a way to represent the vastness of everything, the unknown, the magical space of outer space, and I like to juxtapose that with the ocean, the unknown depths, the other vast, magical space still not completely explored on our own planet. The work I’ve included in this show is from a series of monster women I’ve been working on, and they could be from any world. In this work, the monsters are not the elder god who waits sleeping, not the terrifying thing in the dark, but the heroes. They exist where mortality and physical suffering meet magic and possibility.  They are funny, grotesque, and weird — a connection to the most beautiful parts of stories, and the most beautiful parts of ourselves – those shaped by the experience of living through the most horrible and wonderful of times.


Science fiction can be awe inspiring and exciting– tales of the future, space and/or time travel, encountering strange new worlds, adventures and technology that we can only imagine– but since H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, science fiction has really been a cautionary tale.  We look to science fiction for exciting possibilities, but with that, so much of it is about the horrors of colonization, militarization, and the erasure of what makes being human worthwhile. What I love about science fiction is that within these futuristic narratives the story is really about humanity. Science fiction reflects our own selves back at us, showing us both the beautiful and ugly aspects of being human, and can give us hope that we can do better in the future.”

alexis amann

alexis amann



“My piece from the show spins out of my comic ‘Wuvable Oaf.’  The image is from a short story called ‘San Furrancisco,’ where my titular character wakes up in a distant future world ruled by intelligent feline bipeds.  They use these monsters that are genetically engineered from remnants of human DNA to wage war on a race of dog people, hence the strange boob/vagina dentata monster!”
ed luce

ed luce

ed luce art


ed luce art



katie longua



“I was really into the idea of doing a set of robot girls, since I haven’t done meticulous, detail-intensive work for a while.  Just the thought of entering the year 2014 seems like a bizarre dream, like somehow it’s the super-future, so I used Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis (manga and anime) as a jumping-off point for the artwork.  I love themed shows because it gives me a chance to tackle a new challenge, open my horizons to new subject matter.  And Shayna is the best and I’m so happy she always invites me.”


veronica fish



“I’m submitting two small pieces, ‘Cosmos’ and ‘Star Stuff.’  For both pieces I used acrylic, watercolor, fabric dye, and graphite dust.  In my work, I often incorporate and primarily focus on imagery of mirrored characters.  In these ‘space’ paintings I uses themes from space’s big bang creation.  I use a popular Carl Sagan quote for the titles of the pieces:
‘The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies, were media in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”- from Cosmos
cristina paulos art

cristina paulos art


Initially, you expressed the opinion that the theme of this show was outside of your wheelhouse. What turned you around and how was the experience?

Yeah that was a stupid thought of mine. I love sci-fi, and just because I don’t usually channel my need to draw badass ladies through that genre doesn’t mean it wouldn’t translate. So that’s what I did, I ended up with a lunar adventurer on a hover bike, and it was a fun challenge to change up the subject matter.


Is this an aesthetic you plan on exploring more?
Probably! Most likely after I go on a Star Wars watching binge or encounter a need to design more Frankenstein hover bikes.


chelsea brown art



“The modern world is a challenging place. But we go on about our daily lives, basically pretending that all is well in order to survive with some semblance of normalcy. This series consists of full-body portraits based on the silhouette of my own body and configured of imagery from this threatening world.

These ‘persons’ exhibit intense facial expressions of fear, anger, or frustration. Many are screaming in reaction to the surrounding world, and are wearing masks or goggles, symbolizing the separation and isolation they must create to protect themselves and endure the world out-of-control. The imagery is over-laid on images from found papers depicting the ubiquitous pressures of the outside world. Most pieces are monochromatic in black, white and grey, reflecting the world’s bleak and colorless prospects, with silver metallic layers emphasizing the cold, technical aspect of this world.

The ‘Embodiment of Man’ series explores the ideological power of juxtaposing images to create social and political commentaries in the form of surreal individual portraits. Hidden thoughts and collective beliefs are exposed through the use of found elements and appropriated images in these mixed media works on paper.”


stephen wagner art

stephen wagner art


“The second I was contacted by Shayna about the ‘Hello, 2014’ gallery I was was super stoked. Not only do I get to partake in a great show by Shaya, but it’s one based on the future! And clearly, for those who have followed my work, I am one who is somewhat trapped in the arms of what is to come.  Science fiction has always been a strong influence for me.  As it seems, I comfortably fit right into this little salad of artists telling their stories of tomorrow!  I couldn’t be more excited and humbled by the opportunity.  Thank you Shayna and all of those who will be attending!”


metaworks art

metaworks art

metaworks art

metaworks art

metaworks art

metaworks art

“Hello, 2014” opens Friday, January 3rd at 7pm at D-Structure in San Francisco.

520 Haight St.

San Francisco, CA 94117


Learn how you can be a part of the Paint Pens Collective on their website.

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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