W. Why did you decide on Little Green Men as a theme?
AF. All of the artists are current or former Red Storm employees. The theme of little green army men seemed like a natural overlap of Red Storm’s game franchises (Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon) and the toy and pop culture interests Wootini represents. But the name “Little Green Men” also invites associations with aliens, Area 51, and top secret wartime research projects. So it started with the seed of military themed entertainment and toys and expanded into the wider universe.
W. What does the theme mean? As in what kind of constraints has it put on the artists?
AF. The theme is intended to explore ideas of militaria, toys, aliens, and the color green. The only constraints were that the art contributes somehow to the theme. Naturally elements of pop culture, advertising culture and gaming culture will emerge from our collective subconscious.
W. Why did you decide to curate a show with your co-workers rather than choosing other artists?
AF. I chose to curate a show with co-workers for a couple of reasons. One is that I see most of these guys every day and that makes it easier to contact and manage the body of art. This also means I know what they’re capable of, which is the second and best reason. We have a lot of talented people at Red Storm and I wanted to provide an opportunity and an outlet for personal expressions of that talent.
W. What type of work can we expect to see?
AF. There will be paintings of course, but we will also have silk screened posters, digital poster prints, mixed media collage, some papercraft characters, some sculpture, some historical artifacts and even a handmade board game. I’m excited about the variety of ideas and media we’re going to show.