When I work on my pixel paintings I like to watch/listen to documentaries while I paint. I start these paintings by numbering a large section of the squares on the canvas with numbers that correlate with the right shade of grey which allows me to work without needing to think, except to make corrections. I recently discovered a documentary called Future By Design about futurist Jacque Fresco and his Venus Project. He’s a designer of sorts and makes models and prototypes based on his ideas about building a better designed future. With the aid of robots and the use of technologically progressive materials, he proposes a future that frees humanity from the pitfalls of war and economic strife, paving the way for our advancement into a more civilized society. He has been creating models since the 1950’s, designing helicopters, cars, houses, apartments and even whole cities. He has even built some of these structures down in Florida under his project, The Venus Project. His city design reminds me of a project that I started back in 2002 called the Future Living Projects, which uses a lot of architectural models. My earliest work for this project included several small models for future dwellings including a village model, a desert house, a power plant for energy production and a receiving station for communication. I further contextualized these pieces as set design/models for a fake futuristic sci-fi movie called MEGACITY VI. These pieces were meant to be part of a larger installation that was never fully developed that would include drawing, illustrations, painting, printed material and digital media. Below is a selection of Jacque Fresco’s designs and below that some images from Future Living Projects.