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Atari by Hollis Brown Thornton

Artist Hollis Brown Thornton is borne back ceaselessly into our digital past. “The collection of games is a tribute to these digital origins, as well as a tribute to the excellent artwork on these worn out cartridges,” says Thornton.

Do you have fond memories of playing these games? Are any of the cartridges still in your possession?

Prints of this edition begin at $60

Osiris Mountain and VHS by Hollis Brown Thornton
Both of these images by Hollis Brown Thornton contain outdated technology that we have a difficult time abandoning. The mixtape, old VHS recordings of A Charlie Brown Christmas that still have those commercials from the ‘80s, ancient video games—how do we leave these behind? 
Osiris Mountain and VHS by Hollis Brown Thornton
Both of these images by Hollis Brown Thornton contain outdated technology that we have a difficult time abandoning. The mixtape, old VHS recordings of A Charlie Brown Christmas that still have those commercials from the ‘80s, ancient video games—how do we leave these behind? 

Osiris Mountain and VHS by Hollis Brown Thornton

Both of these images by Hollis Brown Thornton contain outdated technology that we have a difficult time abandoning. The mixtape, old VHS recordings of A Charlie Brown Christmas that still have those commercials from the ‘80s, ancient video games—how do we leave these behind? 

Luke Skywalker and Closing Credits at the End of the Movie by Hollis Brown Thornton, two of several works featured in our Art for Geeks Gift Guide
Glorious geeks: The ones who love hi-tech, lo-tech, super heroes, underdogs, outer space (real & imagined) obscure charts, crazy collections, and the otherwise underappreciated.  Our gift guide brings geek chic to a whole new level. 
Luke Skywalker and Closing Credits at the End of the Movie by Hollis Brown Thornton, two of several works featured in our Art for Geeks Gift Guide
Glorious geeks: The ones who love hi-tech, lo-tech, super heroes, underdogs, outer space (real & imagined) obscure charts, crazy collections, and the otherwise underappreciated.  Our gift guide brings geek chic to a whole new level. 

Luke Skywalker and Closing Credits at the End of the Movie by Hollis Brown Thornton, two of several works featured in our Art for Geeks Gift Guide

Glorious geeks: The ones who love hi-tech, lo-tech, super heroes, underdogs, outer space (real & imagined) obscure charts, crazy collections, and the otherwise underappreciated.  Our gift guide brings geek chic to a whole new level

You can buy Hollis Brown Thornton prints, including Luke Skywalker (seen above), on 20x200.com. The following is an interview with the artist from the timeofthethieves blog by Chilean architects Claudio Troncoso Rojas and María  Aparicio Puentes:






Time of The Thieves introduce you to Hollis Brown Thornton


TTT. What’s your name? 
H.B.T. Hollis Brown Thornton.
TTT. Where were you born and where do you live? 
H.B.T. I was born in Aiken, SC August 10, 1976. After college, I moved to Chicago, IL from 2000-2005, but returned to Aiken in 2005 to pursue my career as an artist full time. 
TTT. What is your profession?
H.B.T. Artist.
TTT. When did you start being in illustration/collage and why? 
H.B.T. I graduated college in 1999 with a major in studio art, so it started there from the sense of trying to survive making art.  
TTT. What are your favorites artists or which artists have influenced your work? 
H.B.T. Cy Twombly and Peter Doig have been the most influential established artists. On a more personal level, friends Vrno -http://vrno.tumblr.com/ [now deleted] and Roberto Calbucci -  http://robertocalbucci.tumblr.com/
TTT. What are the elements that inspire you in your work (images, feelings, music characters)?
H.B.T. The late 1970s and early 80s.  The convergence of physical and virtual reality.  
TTT. Can you tell us what you’re looking to convey with your work? 
H.B.T. I often use old photographs and outdated media, using elements of nostalgia, relating to how we sometimes have difficulty letting go of the past.  
TTT. Have you ever exhibited and if you have, where has it been? 
H.B.T. http://www.hollisbrownthornton.com/information/main.htm
TTT. What music are you listening to?
H.B.T. I am streaming Neon Indian’s new album on NPR.
TTT. Which websites do you like?
H.B.T. I like any good music site, like alterdzones.com, that streams new good music.
TTT. What are you reading now?  
H.B.T. Nothing at the moment.
TTT. What is your favorite place? 
H.B.T. My family’s lake house.

TTT. Can you tell us in what circumstances you made this collage? 
H.B.T. It isn’t technically a collage.  All of the work was done in Photoshop and then made into a pigment transfer.  I use a lot of old family photographs, which is one of the reasons I obscure identities, I want the person to be anyone.  
TTT. If you could associate this image with a song, which would it be? 
H.B.T. Sleigh Bells “Rachel”.
TTT. What do you feel when you look at this collage?
H.B.T. I love the sweater.  I always focus on the sweater.
You can buy Hollis Brown Thornton prints, including Luke Skywalker (seen above), on 20x200.com. The following is an interview with the artist from the timeofthethieves blog by Chilean architects Claudio Troncoso Rojas and María  Aparicio Puentes:






Time of The Thieves introduce you to Hollis Brown Thornton


TTT. What’s your name? 
H.B.T. Hollis Brown Thornton.
TTT. Where were you born and where do you live? 
H.B.T. I was born in Aiken, SC August 10, 1976. After college, I moved to Chicago, IL from 2000-2005, but returned to Aiken in 2005 to pursue my career as an artist full time. 
TTT. What is your profession?
H.B.T. Artist.
TTT. When did you start being in illustration/collage and why? 
H.B.T. I graduated college in 1999 with a major in studio art, so it started there from the sense of trying to survive making art.  
TTT. What are your favorites artists or which artists have influenced your work? 
H.B.T. Cy Twombly and Peter Doig have been the most influential established artists. On a more personal level, friends Vrno -http://vrno.tumblr.com/ [now deleted] and Roberto Calbucci -  http://robertocalbucci.tumblr.com/
TTT. What are the elements that inspire you in your work (images, feelings, music characters)?
H.B.T. The late 1970s and early 80s.  The convergence of physical and virtual reality.  
TTT. Can you tell us what you’re looking to convey with your work? 
H.B.T. I often use old photographs and outdated media, using elements of nostalgia, relating to how we sometimes have difficulty letting go of the past.  
TTT. Have you ever exhibited and if you have, where has it been? 
H.B.T. http://www.hollisbrownthornton.com/information/main.htm
TTT. What music are you listening to?
H.B.T. I am streaming Neon Indian’s new album on NPR.
TTT. Which websites do you like?
H.B.T. I like any good music site, like alterdzones.com, that streams new good music.
TTT. What are you reading now?  
H.B.T. Nothing at the moment.
TTT. What is your favorite place? 
H.B.T. My family’s lake house.

TTT. Can you tell us in what circumstances you made this collage? 
H.B.T. It isn’t technically a collage.  All of the work was done in Photoshop and then made into a pigment transfer.  I use a lot of old family photographs, which is one of the reasons I obscure identities, I want the person to be anyone.  
TTT. If you could associate this image with a song, which would it be? 
H.B.T. Sleigh Bells “Rachel”.
TTT. What do you feel when you look at this collage?
H.B.T. I love the sweater.  I always focus on the sweater.
You can buy Hollis Brown Thornton prints, including Luke Skywalker (seen above), on 20x200.com. The following is an interview with the artist from the timeofthethieves blog by Chilean architects Claudio Troncoso Rojas and María  Aparicio Puentes:






Time of The Thieves introduce you to Hollis Brown Thornton


TTT. What’s your name? 
H.B.T. Hollis Brown Thornton.
TTT. Where were you born and where do you live? 
H.B.T. I was born in Aiken, SC August 10, 1976. After college, I moved to Chicago, IL from 2000-2005, but returned to Aiken in 2005 to pursue my career as an artist full time. 
TTT. What is your profession?
H.B.T. Artist.
TTT. When did you start being in illustration/collage and why? 
H.B.T. I graduated college in 1999 with a major in studio art, so it started there from the sense of trying to survive making art.  
TTT. What are your favorites artists or which artists have influenced your work? 
H.B.T. Cy Twombly and Peter Doig have been the most influential established artists. On a more personal level, friends Vrno -http://vrno.tumblr.com/ [now deleted] and Roberto Calbucci -  http://robertocalbucci.tumblr.com/
TTT. What are the elements that inspire you in your work (images, feelings, music characters)?
H.B.T. The late 1970s and early 80s.  The convergence of physical and virtual reality.  
TTT. Can you tell us what you’re looking to convey with your work? 
H.B.T. I often use old photographs and outdated media, using elements of nostalgia, relating to how we sometimes have difficulty letting go of the past.  
TTT. Have you ever exhibited and if you have, where has it been? 
H.B.T. http://www.hollisbrownthornton.com/information/main.htm
TTT. What music are you listening to?
H.B.T. I am streaming Neon Indian’s new album on NPR.
TTT. Which websites do you like?
H.B.T. I like any good music site, like alterdzones.com, that streams new good music.
TTT. What are you reading now?  
H.B.T. Nothing at the moment.
TTT. What is your favorite place? 
H.B.T. My family’s lake house.

TTT. Can you tell us in what circumstances you made this collage? 
H.B.T. It isn’t technically a collage.  All of the work was done in Photoshop and then made into a pigment transfer.  I use a lot of old family photographs, which is one of the reasons I obscure identities, I want the person to be anyone.  
TTT. If you could associate this image with a song, which would it be? 
H.B.T. Sleigh Bells “Rachel”.
TTT. What do you feel when you look at this collage?
H.B.T. I love the sweater.  I always focus on the sweater.
You can buy Hollis Brown Thornton prints, including Luke Skywalker (seen above), on 20x200.com. The following is an interview with the artist from the timeofthethieves blog by Chilean architects Claudio Troncoso Rojas and María  Aparicio Puentes:






Time of The Thieves introduce you to Hollis Brown Thornton


TTT. What’s your name? 
H.B.T. Hollis Brown Thornton.
TTT. Where were you born and where do you live? 
H.B.T. I was born in Aiken, SC August 10, 1976. After college, I moved to Chicago, IL from 2000-2005, but returned to Aiken in 2005 to pursue my career as an artist full time. 
TTT. What is your profession?
H.B.T. Artist.
TTT. When did you start being in illustration/collage and why? 
H.B.T. I graduated college in 1999 with a major in studio art, so it started there from the sense of trying to survive making art.  
TTT. What are your favorites artists or which artists have influenced your work? 
H.B.T. Cy Twombly and Peter Doig have been the most influential established artists. On a more personal level, friends Vrno -http://vrno.tumblr.com/ [now deleted] and Roberto Calbucci -  http://robertocalbucci.tumblr.com/
TTT. What are the elements that inspire you in your work (images, feelings, music characters)?
H.B.T. The late 1970s and early 80s.  The convergence of physical and virtual reality.  
TTT. Can you tell us what you’re looking to convey with your work? 
H.B.T. I often use old photographs and outdated media, using elements of nostalgia, relating to how we sometimes have difficulty letting go of the past.  
TTT. Have you ever exhibited and if you have, where has it been? 
H.B.T. http://www.hollisbrownthornton.com/information/main.htm
TTT. What music are you listening to?
H.B.T. I am streaming Neon Indian’s new album on NPR.
TTT. Which websites do you like?
H.B.T. I like any good music site, like alterdzones.com, that streams new good music.
TTT. What are you reading now?  
H.B.T. Nothing at the moment.
TTT. What is your favorite place? 
H.B.T. My family’s lake house.

TTT. Can you tell us in what circumstances you made this collage? 
H.B.T. It isn’t technically a collage.  All of the work was done in Photoshop and then made into a pigment transfer.  I use a lot of old family photographs, which is one of the reasons I obscure identities, I want the person to be anyone.  
TTT. If you could associate this image with a song, which would it be? 
H.B.T. Sleigh Bells “Rachel”.
TTT. What do you feel when you look at this collage?
H.B.T. I love the sweater.  I always focus on the sweater.
You can buy Hollis Brown Thornton prints, including Luke Skywalker (seen above), on 20x200.com. The following is an interview with the artist from the timeofthethieves blog by Chilean architects Claudio Troncoso Rojas and María  Aparicio Puentes:






Time of The Thieves introduce you to Hollis Brown Thornton


TTT. What’s your name? 
H.B.T. Hollis Brown Thornton.
TTT. Where were you born and where do you live? 
H.B.T. I was born in Aiken, SC August 10, 1976. After college, I moved to Chicago, IL from 2000-2005, but returned to Aiken in 2005 to pursue my career as an artist full time. 
TTT. What is your profession?
H.B.T. Artist.
TTT. When did you start being in illustration/collage and why? 
H.B.T. I graduated college in 1999 with a major in studio art, so it started there from the sense of trying to survive making art.  
TTT. What are your favorites artists or which artists have influenced your work? 
H.B.T. Cy Twombly and Peter Doig have been the most influential established artists. On a more personal level, friends Vrno -http://vrno.tumblr.com/ [now deleted] and Roberto Calbucci -  http://robertocalbucci.tumblr.com/
TTT. What are the elements that inspire you in your work (images, feelings, music characters)?
H.B.T. The late 1970s and early 80s.  The convergence of physical and virtual reality.  
TTT. Can you tell us what you’re looking to convey with your work? 
H.B.T. I often use old photographs and outdated media, using elements of nostalgia, relating to how we sometimes have difficulty letting go of the past.  
TTT. Have you ever exhibited and if you have, where has it been? 
H.B.T. http://www.hollisbrownthornton.com/information/main.htm
TTT. What music are you listening to?
H.B.T. I am streaming Neon Indian’s new album on NPR.
TTT. Which websites do you like?
H.B.T. I like any good music site, like alterdzones.com, that streams new good music.
TTT. What are you reading now?  
H.B.T. Nothing at the moment.
TTT. What is your favorite place? 
H.B.T. My family’s lake house.

TTT. Can you tell us in what circumstances you made this collage? 
H.B.T. It isn’t technically a collage.  All of the work was done in Photoshop and then made into a pigment transfer.  I use a lot of old family photographs, which is one of the reasons I obscure identities, I want the person to be anyone.  
TTT. If you could associate this image with a song, which would it be? 
H.B.T. Sleigh Bells “Rachel”.
TTT. What do you feel when you look at this collage?
H.B.T. I love the sweater.  I always focus on the sweater.

You can buy Hollis Brown Thornton prints, including Luke Skywalker (seen above), on 20x200.com. The following is an interview with the artist from the timeofthethieves blog by Chilean architects Claudio Troncoso Rojas and María Aparicio Puentes:

Time of The Thieves introduce you to Hollis Brown Thornton

TTT. What’s your name? 

H.B.T. Hollis Brown Thornton.

TTT. Where were you born and where do you live? 

H.B.T. I was born in Aiken, SC August 10, 1976. After college, I moved to Chicago, IL from 2000-2005, but returned to Aiken in 2005 to pursue my career as an artist full time. 

TTT. What is your profession?

H.B.T. Artist.

TTT. When did you start being in illustration/collage and why? 

H.B.T. I graduated college in 1999 with a major in studio art, so it started there from the sense of trying to survive making art.  

TTT. What are your favorites artists or which artists have influenced your work? 

H.B.T. Cy Twombly and Peter Doig have been the most influential established artists. On a more personal level, friends Vrno -http://vrno.tumblr.com/ [now deleted] and Roberto Calbucci -  http://robertocalbucci.tumblr.com/

TTT. What are the elements that inspire you in your work (images, feelings, music characters)?

H.B.T. The late 1970s and early 80s.  The convergence of physical and virtual reality.  

TTT. Can you tell us what you’re looking to convey with your work? 

H.B.T. I often use old photographs and outdated media, using elements of nostalgia, relating to how we sometimes have difficulty letting go of the past.  

TTT. Have you ever exhibited and if you have, where has it been? 

H.B.T. http://www.hollisbrownthornton.com/information/main.htm

TTT. What music are you listening to?

H.B.T. I am streaming Neon Indian’s new album on NPR.

TTT. Which websites do you like?

H.B.T. I like any good music site, like alterdzones.com, that streams new good music.

TTT. What are you reading now?  

H.B.T. Nothing at the moment.

TTT. What is your favorite place? 

H.B.T. My family’s lake house.

TTT. Can you tell us in what circumstances you made this collage? 

H.B.T. It isn’t technically a collage.  All of the work was done in Photoshop and then made into a pigment transfer.  I use a lot of old family photographs, which is one of the reasons I obscure identities, I want the person to be anyone.  

TTT. If you could associate this image with a song, which would it be? 

H.B.T. Sleigh Bells “Rachel”.

TTT. What do you feel when you look at this collage?

H.B.T. I love the sweater.  I always focus on the sweater.

When We Were Kings by Hollis Brown Thornton
8”x10” ($20) | 11”x14” ($50) | 16”x20” ($200) | 24”x30” ($1000)


Boo, collectors! Did I scare you? As Halloween nears, we’re gearing up for all sorts of spooks and sweets. Apropos to the holiday that hallows ghosts, ghouls and haunted souls is Hollis Brown Thornton's latest addition to his suite of prints: When We Were Kings.

HBT’s smiling skull and candy-colored sparkles swirling in space is, like his other works, made from a drawing done with markers. But, it’s a slight departure from his more nostalgic prints about once-lovednow-obsolete media andtechnology, and is an homage of sorts to contemporary artist Damien Hirst’s For the Love of God sculpture and the Ali/Foreman fight and documentary. In his statement, HBT makes no bones about our shared destinies, saying, “The skull is the great equalizer: No matter who you are, everyone eventually leaves behind a skull.”

Osiris Mountain by Hollis Brown Thornton 
8”x10” ($20) | 11”x14” ($50) | 16”x20” ($200) | 24”x30” ($1000)

Happy-first-day-back-in-the-office-after-a-loooong-weekend, collectors. If the return to the real world has been difficult, I just might have the salve for what ails you—a trip back in time. We’re flashing way past the last 72+ hours of relaxing and celebrating—Hollis Brown Thornton-style—to the late 1980s, with his new print: Osiris Mountain.

First, a short visit to recent 20x200 history. When Jen first brought you his work in February 2010, she wrote:

VHS and Closing Credits at the End of the Movie from Hollis Brown Thornton (I found him on the internet, oh yes, I did!) offer a kinder, gentler nostalgia-tinged escape into other realms. In his statement, Brown (as he prefers to be called) writes about how our reality shifts as our present becomes our past, and the media he’s depicted—video cassettes and on-screen space invaders—reference our progression towards an increasingly digital and virtual future.

New on 20x200: Atari by Hollis Brown Thornton

8”x10” ($20) | 11”x14” ($50) | 16”x20” ($200) | 24”x30” ($1000)

In today’s newsletter, Sara writes: 

Today’s new print from Hollis Brown Thornton likewise makes permanent the passing. Brown’s collected and compiled dozens of cartridges to compose Atari. His marker-mellowed rendering of the the games that defined our not-too-distant past documents ever-changing technology and culture, nourishing our collective nostalgia for simpler times. In the details they reveal their past lives and loves—once owned by Tom Regan, affectionately worn at the edges—evidence of good use. Like the tapes in Brown’s VHS and the space invaders in Closing Credits at the End of the Movie, the cartridges in Atari are seemingly stacked against technological singularity.

Psssst: We’ve got one more set of editions coming out at 11 a.m. sharp tomorrow from the inimitable Mike + Doug Starn. Want first dibs on these sure-to-be-fleeting-editions? Make sure you’re ready