Released December 2011
I like to look at old movie posters or watch classic science fiction films in order to see discarded visions of the future. Even from my own childhood, I remember the TV show “Space 1999” with its visions of how the turn of the century was supposed to be. I also recall the fear in 1984 that an Orwellian dystopia was sure to come to pass. While many visions of the future involve destruction, Armageddon or Big Brother, others are candy-coloured extravagances that promise push button convenience and lunar living. Shouldn’t we now be living in a Jetsons’ future with flying cars and personal robots?
While Hollywood’s batting average for predicting the future is pretty abysmal, the world really has changed in profound ways: We’ve not yet encountered an Armageddon, but we have been challenged by epic natural and man-made disasters throughout the world and, no doubt, are due for a lot more. We’ve not yet seen the full brunt of the Big Brother, but our civil liberties and privacy rights have been kicked to the curb in the name of security. I’ve yet to fly in a flying car or be served a piping hot meal by a robot, but I have boarded flights half a world away where our cars and electronics are manufactured by robots.
Where our world really has changed is through the device that I write this on right now: the computer. It allows me to know, in real time, when disasters strike. It gives me a platform to discuss rights with others I haven’t met. It also allows me to communicate with people all around the world and, if I so choose, to design a robot that one day could serve me breakfast in bed.... Past all the electronics is a little bit of heart. The Future is...NOW! LOL
“The Future” is a limited edition print using the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released in December of 2011 and printed by Andy Everson at Copper Canoe, the artist’s own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 28 prints bear the title “The Future” and are signed by Andy Everson: 25 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/25 through 25/25; 2 Artist’s Proof; and 1 Printer’s Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures 11x17 inches. Image size measures about 9.1x14.7 inches.