by Jenn Porreca in New Art on Friday 8 February 2008

The street artist known as Phoneticontrol is a Chicago native now hovering in dark alleyways in San Francisco and giving life to his creations. This environmentally-friendly artist moved to the Bay Area in 2006, and since that time has carefully plotted out his infiltration into the city by creating a whole underworld filled with steam punk androids, flatulent monsters, screwy spaceships and other weirdness. With a strong sense of reuse and recycling themes throughout his work, his creations are often composed on found objects from the street or other items brought home after a victorious trip to the local Salvation Army. Working intuitively and almost organically, he packs in cords, fins, and add tons of sci-fi doo-dads wherever they fit, almost as if the subject matter itself is born of salvaged parts. Phoneticontrol’s artwork has been shown the world over, with most notable exhibitions in the US, the UK, Australia, China, Italy and France.