Michael Kolarik

Monster Planet Series

“The Destroyer of Worlds” was created using Copic markers and bristol paper by Michael Kolarik in 2019. The piece is meant to evoke fear and awe at the same time. The name for the piece is inspired by the line said Robert J. Oppenheimer when talking about the time he first saw the atomic bomb. The piece’s focal point is in the center of it with Godzilla’s spines in front of an explosion. The piece is meant to feel chaotic yet cohesive at the same time. It features contrasting colors such as orange and blue, as a way to balance itself out because Godzilla is seen nature’s way of balancing things out. There are also light hints of green in the sky as a way to make it feel unnatural. There is also Japanese kanji written on the piece that reads bammu, which is just a way of saying bomb.

"The Destroyer of Worlds" (2019)

“Save The Earth!” was created using Copic markers and bristol paper by Michael Kolarik in 2019. The title is inspired by the song “Save the Earth” from Godzilla vs. Hedorah, which is about how pollution must be ended to save the Earth. The piece uses washed out colors such as very light blues, yellows, and grays to convey a very empty and dead feeling. The 2 things that pop out the most are Hedorah’s eyes and the japanese word summogu, which means smog. The piece is meant to show how man is the one creating the monster in the sky with their pollution. Despite there clearly being harmful effects from the factory, they continue to produce smog. If one removed Hedorah from the piece, it is just a factory producing pollution into the air. So who really is the monster?

"Save The Earth!" (2019)

“The Fire Demon” was created using Copic markers and bristol paper by Michael Kolarik in 2019. The title is taken from the name given to Rodan in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The piece features a forest fire with Rodan flying above it. The main focal point is Rodan, which represents how people seem to lose interest and focus on something else when something such as a forest fire is happening. The piece is inspired by an old promotional photo for the original Rodan movie that came out back in 1956. It features Rodan flying over a mountain range in the same way as in the art piece. The piece’s style is somewhat inspired by the work of Matt Frank with its use of more lines to defined details on the monster.

"The Fire Demon" (2019)

“The Mass Awakening” was created using Copic markers and bristol paper by Michael Kolarik in 2019. The title is taken from the name of one of the songs used in the Godzilla: King of the Monsters soundtrack. The piece features King Ghidorah, frozen in ice, melting out. The main focal point is Ghidorah, which represents what possible things could melt out of the ice caps in the arctic (while of course being an extreme example of the possibility). The piece is also inspired by how Ghidorah appeared when he was frozen in the movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The piece is intended to invoke a sense of urgency of how if something like this could happen, it should be dealt with quick or there could be major consequences.

"The Mass Awakening" (2019)

Sculptures

“Untitled Orca” is a sculpture made by Michael Kolarik in 2020. The sculpture is made of tinfoil, metal wire, plywood, a screw, and sculpey clay. The sculpture depicts a killer whale mid jump in the ocean. The sculpture was then painted using craft acrylic paints and sprayed with a gloss coat to create a wet looking feel. The piece was created with the purpose of showing the beauty of wild orcas and their freedom of being in open waters.

"Untitled Orca" (2020)

“Untitled Octopus”  is a sculpture made by Michael Kolarik in 2020. The sculpture is made of tin foil , styrofoam, plywood, sand, spray paint, acrylic paint, and sculpey clay. The sculpture depicts an octopus out of the water on the wet sand of a beach. The sculpture was painted using craft acrylic paints and sprayed with a gloss coat to create a wet looking feel. The piece was created with the purpose of being challenging by attempting to recreate a creature that has a very fluid movement and uneven shape.

"Untitled Octopus" (2020)

“Godzilla 2019 Bust” is a sculpture made by Michael Kolarik in 2020. The sculpture is made of tin foil, a wooden dowel, acrylic paint, and sculpey clay. The bust of Godzilla’s head from his appearance in 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The base that the head is on top of is a model of his temple that he would sleep on in the said movie. Not much else to say about it.

"Godzilla 2019 Bust" (2020)

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