When I was young my family had a pet raccoon. Not because we were creepy and weird, but because my parents did animal rehabilitation and this little baby raccoon was in need of help. As raccoons do, he would collect little shiny objects that caught his eye and keep them hidden away in the corners of the old basement. As I have gotten older, I have moved away from that old house, and that town, and the raccoon was released back into the wild long ago. Looking back, that animal really serves as a symbol of my youth and the different memories which I now try to collect in the dusty corners of my own mind.
Black Hole Soliloqoy
Black Hole Soliloquy is a series of seven illustrations created for the Slashthree art collectives exhibition 'Discovery' where I was the featured artist. Slashthree releases a themed online exhibition of digital and traditional artwork roughly twice year. The group is compiled of artists from all over the world who work collaboratively together to create a cohesive body of work.
Screen prints of these illustrations were also featured in the Apprenticeship art show 'Found Space' at St. Olaf college.
There is a familiar dark space that I fall into when I try to understand my place in the universe, one I believe many have felt throughout history. We turn over slowly through time governed by physical processes, where our insights into the systems at work leave us questioning the merits of freewill. It is a system which trivializes feelings of love, empathy, anxiety and despair down to a balance of chemicals. And yet, these things feel so inextricably tangible. How odd it is that the same matter that was once spinning and burning inside a star, or slowly congealing in brilliant luminescent clouds of gas, has manifested in us and began to wonder at its origins. It has began to love and to hate itself, began to feel crippling anxiety and peaceful attunement, began to search back out into itself—Examining the interior of its own ribcage, trying to discover the shape of the whole.
In this series of illustrations, I aim to explore that space. By utilizing personal narrative contrasted against images of outer space, I have attempted to create emotional associations between daily life and the cosmos. I strive to find meaningful parallels in the universe around us and the one within us. I want to fall into the black holes of knowledge in my mind as I futilely strain to understand it all. There is much to be found there, I believe. The answers all hanging, frozen in time and light— the beginning, middle and end all at once.
illustration, graphic design, apparel design
Robotic finches made for an apparel design company.
Presented here is an assortment of posters I have created to promote shows at various music venues. Many of these images contain press photos from the bands which I localized and adapted into a poster for the venue. Others are fully illustrated by me from scratch.
*Photos do not belong to me, and I do not claim them as my own. Read above.
First Summer, Last Summer
illustration, print process
This illustration was created for an event called Posters & Pints hosted in NE Minneapolis. Posters & Pints brought together over 25 different professional artists, designers and illustrators from around the twin cities to create beer themed posters to be exhibited. Local breweries also provided unlimited beer samples to the visitors. I was fortunate to participate in the very first Posters & Pints event which was held in the summer 2014.
I was invited to join the exhibition after winning a contest hosted by Posters & Pints. The contest was open for graduating college students to submit a portfolio as well as a cover letter explaining the significance of this event, and their intent for the piece. I was selected as the one winner for the year and was able to display my work along side other artistic peers.
In addition, Summit Brewery produced a short video with me discussing my work which can be viewed here. The posters were screen printed at Steady Print Co. as an additional reward for winning.
Poster & Pints Artist Profile: Isaac Burton, Illustrator
Bluebird District Music Festival
illustration, web design, marketing
I created the artwork, website, and marketing images for a large music festival across an iconic neighborhood of Denver, CO.
The images in this gallery are a selection of designs and promotional materials made for the Larimer Lounge and Lost Lake music venues in downtown Denver, CO. Many of these were updated on a weekly basis for print and use via the venues' websites and Social Media accounts. Many
art direction, illustration, logo design, typography, layout design, video production
DNNR PRTY (Pronounced Dinner Party) is a group founded by myself and two friends from school. DNNR PRTY aims to elevate the alternative music scene at St. Olaf college by recording and producing a compilation CD of student band music. St. Olaf is traditionally very good at supporting classical forms of music such as choir and orchestra. However, the students who compose creative, modern music did not have a place to find support or opportunities. Providing for these students is the purpose of DNNR PRTY. Aside from regular duties sitting in on planning meetings, I was in charge of the Art Direction and visual design for the DNNR PRTY.
In this position, I designed the logo-type, as well as a Logo image. I also created a series of illustrative posters to promote DNNR PRTY events and begin to project the image we were going for. The end of the year culminated in designing the actual album art for the CD.
The first year of DNNR PRTY was a huge success. We created the album which featured 14 different original songs written by St. Olaf students. We finished the year with a big release party with each band performing their song live. Upon graduating, we passed on the organization to a new team of students so that the group we created could continue to live on for future generations of students.