Rewind the Future is one of Tennessee Loveless' famous 10x10x10 Mickey series, a set of 100 giclee pieces that depict Mickey Mouse with elements of unique places around the world that Loveless visited.
Here's what Tennessee has to say about this piece:
As a child in Marietta, Georgia I would spend hours in front of the radio with my finger eagerly awaiting to press the REC button on my tape deck. The minute I would get home from school, I would run up to my room, close the door, and curl myself around my stereo to hear the latest sounds from “Annie Bannanie” and her collection of music on Album 88, a college radio station operated by Georgia State University. It was my only REAL connection to Atlanta, GA.. the big city that I longed to live in, and I spent years hypnotically listening to the recorded sounds from my metropolitan life line out in the small southern suburb I lived in.
Mix tapes were like novels to me. The minute I’d record a full 90 minutes of the sounds I loved, I would spend hours decorating these tapes like I was drawing a cover for a book. They were diaries to me with chapters of songs filled with paragraphs of beats and words made of guitar strums and voices. My friends back then, would receive gifts of all the songs I recorded. They were like paintings. They were songs wrapped in my artwork.
In finalizing the “Children of the 1980’s” series, I wanted to hone in on those icons of nostalgia that brought me to where I am today as an adult swimming in the chaotic seas of the art world. This piece, much like “”, really focuses on those primary art executions of my youth, and I sought to draw these tapes as if these were personal collections of each core Disney character. Here you will see mix tapes drawn on from each character. From “Minnie’s Mo Town” to “Clarabelle’s Classics”, each tape has a youthful twinge to it associated to each character and the music that is paired with them.
This is the 70th in the collection and 10th in the series,. This piece closes out the “Children of the 1980’s” series for the TENxTENxTEN project.
About Tennessee Loveless:
Tennessee Loveless is a Chicago based Pop/Op artist, whose work drips with irony, considering the fact that he is severely colorblind. Tennessee understands hues from a pigment and formulaic concept, often making choices based on the fundamentals of color theory, word association of the color, and color psychology, rather than the actual color itself. His choices are mathematical and planned out through precise composition, so that he can communicate the beauty of the one thing to which he is blind.
Tennessee has had a fascinating career thus far, as he rises in the pop art world. He started out painting drag queens out in a drag bar in San Francisco in the early 00’s, and he finds the flamboyance of starlets, celebrities, iconoclasts, and the underground drag culture, inspiring to this day. In 2011, he created art for “Other Than: For You To See”, an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. He has been in licensing and production development for the Walt Disney Company, helping create the most successful health and beauty brand products in its history. He has created officially licensed art for both Disney and Warner Brothers, most notably his 10x10x10 series, based on one hundred silhouettes of Mickey Mouse that express a pop journey, exploring the history of the icon, while bringing global, societal, and personal context to the imagery.
An art gypsy of sorts, he has been an artist in residence in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas (with the “Loveless Collective” Pop up gallery in 2014), Chicago, Paris, Berlin, and Athens, Georgia. He has also toured the world as part of creating his 10x10x10 series. Tennessee was named one of the “People of the Year” from Instinct Magazine, was also “Best of Sacramento” in Sactown Magazine, was the featured artist for the 2015 winter color issue in Anthology Magazine, created a shoe line with SUPA at Nordstroms, and the official artist for the Summer Olympics with SpeedoUSA.
Next up in 2017, Tennessee is celebrating the release of his first retrospective book “The Art of Tennessee Loveless”, written by Dave Bossert and published by Disney Publishing. He has now branched out into different collections with ArtInsights with his “Art Outsiders” and “Vox Populi” series, and personally with “Drag Landscapes”.
The 10x10x10 series, when purchased as limited editions, comes unframed and unstretched, but we generally stretch them so they are ready to put on the wall. Unframed and unstretched, the art is $195. We charge $250 for the stretched images.