Homeless Cop

If you watch Adult Swim, you might have already seen some work by Homeless Cop. This Indy artist by way of Chicago has created 11 animations that are now airing and a billboard that has its own time lapse video online.

Jason Fennell, the man behind Homeless Cop, is an oil painter that also dabbles with drawing, design work, t-shirt designs and making cartoons and music videos. Although he’s never been homeless or a cop, he put the two words together to create a memorable name and hopes to one day have a food truck to give away soup to the homeless and veterans.

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Originally from St. Louis, he has lived in Chicago for the last 12 years and recently moved to downtown Indy. He used to play drums in hip hop, funk and art metal bands, always making the flyers. Skateboard graphics and t-shirts caught his eye and he began making his own shirts, which led him to deciding to paint. “Actually, the movie Basquait was, and is, a big influence on me. I paint like I draw, and I make what I like, so that’s where I’m at today. Living the life and working at my art so when I’m dead it can live on around the world.”

His colorful and crispy creations have been featured at an art show in The Foundation Room at the House of Blues Chicago, and until recently has been in a downtown Chicago coffee shop called Dollop. Not to mention that some really cool guys such as Rainn Wilson, Eric Wareheim, Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly all own work by Homeless Cop. “I live the life of an artist; I make art and I’m not concerned at all about paying my bills,” said Fennell. “Life isn’t hard. I do help out occasionally at my friend’s painting company because I’ve always liked painting and it’s cool to hang out with friends, listening to music and talking all day.”

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This will be Fennell’s first year as an ORANJE participant, and he promises to have a booth that kicks ass. “My art will be there doing it’s thing. I think it’s honest and it’s real, and I’m hoping it has a positive effect on people. I’ll probably have my cartoons and music videos playing on a loop. From what I can tell, ORANJE is going to be a great event with a lot of creative people, so I’m glad to be a part of it and I’m pretty sure I’ll have fun, ORANJE-style.”

You can keep up with Homeless Cop’s work on Facebook, Twitter and his website. Make sure to stop by his booth on October 12!

Mike Altman

It’s hard to believe that someone who has had clients such as Nickelodeon, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, TV Guide, Denny’s and AT&T goes dumpster diving for spare cardboard for his work, but it’s all part of what makes Mike Altman and his colorful, fun and wacky creations so unique.

A full-time artist and ORANJE veteran, Altman uses simple line work and bright, bold colors to illustrate pieces that are complex, laced with symbolism, satire, spirituality and double-meaning, and sometimes as simple as a blue dog. Now in his fifth year as an ORANJE participant, he has used the event as a yearly release of new works. One of Altman’s latest projects has been collaborating with Flat 12 to do work on their labels. Whether you see his work above someone’s sofa or on a bottle of beer, his distinct style is hard to miss.

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Working from his studio that is cluttered with inspirational items that has been described as a museum meets Pee Wee Herman’s set, Altman works with a variety of materials to complete his work. Some are on cardboard, some are on canvas; some use pencil while others use watercolor. With ideas brewing all the time, his work has been shown all over the place, from Jacksonville, Florida to Nashville, TN.

So why does Altman continue coming back to ORANJE year after year? “I consider ORANJE the unveiling show for my work in Indianapolis…and there are always tons of friends and fellow artists to chill with. It is the premiere event for art and music in Indy…people have a great time and art is available, my art especially (haha)!”

541123_10151076077714331_1581723072_nYou can keep up with Mike Altman at his website, and make sure to stop by his booth on October 12! You can find his work in Indianapolis in December at Upland’s Propaganda Room in the Murphy Building and also a Henry’s on East.