super clouds

Happy birthday to Cory Arcangel! For Super Mario Clouds (2002), Arcangel hacked into and modified a cartridge of Super Mario Bros., the blockbuster Nintendo video game released in the U.S. in 1985. By tweaking the game’s code, the artist erased all of the sound and visual elements except for the iconic fluffy white clouds that scroll endlessly across a bright blue sky.

[Installation view of America Is Hard to See (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, May 1-September 27, 2015). Photography by Ronald Amstutz]

I’ve been commissioned, yet again, to make a rankings image for Southern Ontario Smash 4′s community. This was pretty fun to make but I had to bust my ass since I only had 2 days to do this while also being swamped with other work.
But it’s done and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Much better than the last one, I think.