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Syd Mead: "Progressions"

Beginning August 18, 2014, The Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery will present “Syd Mead: Progressions,” a captivating exhibit of work by legendary artist Syd Mead. The exhibit, currently touring the U.S., is a retrospective of more than 50 years of Mead’s artwork, ranging from selections from his academic years to his most current works. The exhibit also premieres Mead’s latest painting, Shoulder of Orion, inspired by the famous final words of a character from the iconic science fiction film, Blade Runner.

Mead, who graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in the late 1950s, began his career traveling the world to illustrate books, catalogues, and product designs for a number of large corporate entities. Mead also created innovative interior and exterior architectural renderings for a host of clients.  The motion picture industry has also recognized Mead’s unique ability to “visualize” the future, and his work can be seen in feature films as Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Short Circuit, Aliens, Time Cop, Johnny Mnemonic, and most recently on Elysium, directed by a Neill Blomkamp and starring Jodi Foster and Matt Damon.  Mead has also completed concept and design work for a number of major Japanese clients, including; Sony, Minolta, and Honda, as well as contributing to two Japanese film projects.  In addition, Mead created designs for two Japanese toy icons; “The New Yamato” and all of the robot characters in the new Turn-A Gundam mobile suite series, which are also seen as characters in television shows.

The “Syd Mead: Progressions” exhibit demonstrates the artist’s uncanny ability to take contemporary concepts and translate them into believable and practical visions of the future.  This unique talent has earned him the title of “Visual Futurist.”  The exhibit includes finished paintings that capture everything from conceptual terrestrial and extraterrestrial vehicles to interplanetary resort destinations. 

“Syd Mead:Progressions” has opened in Glendale California in January of 2012 and has since travelled to New York City, Detroit Michigan and Grand Rapids Michigan, Fort Collins Colorado with future exhibitions planned for European venues including France, Germany and U.K.

The “Syd Mead: Progressions” exhibit will be on display from August 18th through October 18, 2014 at The Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery located on the Campus of Coastal Carolina University in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Syd Mead will be on campus to discuss his work and sign books Wednesday September 3rd beginning at 2 p.m. An opening reception will follow beginning at 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Events are free and open to the public.  For additional information contact James Arendt at 843-349-6409.





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