Locked into a hallucinatory state of drug-induced meditation, this faithful devotee of cyborganics has become fully immersed in an unconscious reality. By willfully committing to the physical union of flesh and machine, this acolyte remains eternally suspended in a dream of wires.
The title of this drawing is a reference to Gary Numan’s excellently odd song “I Dream of Wires” from his 1980 album, Telekon. In it, Numan imagined a state of being in which human and machine had reached a point of inseparable synthesis.
We opened doors by thinking
We went to sleep by dialing ‘o’
We drove to work by proxy
I plugged my wife in, just for show
Although the drawing Dream of Wires is not a direct interpretation of the song, the direction this series has taken is largely influenced by music and culture of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Numan, as with many others involved with industrial and synthpop music of the era, tapped into fascination with a rapidly developing state of technology and used it to explore possible future connections between man and machine. My drawings are a retrofuturistic interpretation of that relationship, in which I merge now-outdated tech and machinery with fleshy forms in a surrealist art style.
Dream of Wires also carries on the aspect of religious imagery that is present in the series, in this case Hinduism. I’ve been imagining that in this post-apocalyptic world of the retrofuture, cyborganics release powerful chemicals into the body that cause some to regard the fusion of human and machine as a god-like state of existence.
My everyday drawings are available for sale in my Big Cartel shop each morning at 11 am EST. For the first 100 days, each new drawing increases in price by $1.00, starting at $1.00 on day one. Everyday 031 – Dream of Wires is listed at $31.00.
As with yesterday’s drawing, I’ve uploaded a timelapse video of the inking process for Dream of Wires to my YouTube channel. Check it out below.