@joelpedersen is one of our former recipients. He was kind enough to take some time away from documenting UFO's to answer Questions.
. If not aliens then ___________ (fill in the blank)
Humans... Definitely. A few of my pieces feature UFOs, but the rest are what I had designed as Human creations. I wanted to build a world which I would very much like to see, but never will, with weird, space-capable, planes; suspended-monorails; hover vehicles; walking vehicles; interesting futuristic buildings on land and in the air; space-stations; and cruisers in orbit. Implicit in my work is an economic criticism: I am one poor schmuck in a sea of many other poor schmucks. I see a tremendous amount of talent among the artists and designers here on . People who I know are just scraping by. I wonder what the world could look like if its resources were not locked up by a comparatively small number of people. What would the world look like if Artists had more capital with which to materialize their social visions? Perhaps we will see after the revolution... (Flame Preventative Note: the Ralph Lauren button-down I am wearing in the photo was bought at a thrift store... $2.99).
I guess the UFOs gained traction when I did a couple of UFO images and people really responded to them. I think they are cool looking, and obviously there are a good amount of people out there that would love to see one. I'm creating images that I would like to see, if I realize there are others that are dying to see UFOs I can accommodate that.
What are your inspirations for spacecraft design?
I would like to say Mid-Century Modern, but I am sure vehicles I've seen in show from my 70's and 80's childhood sneak in. I really try not to duplicate anything I've seen before (which it seems many people think inspiration means nowadays).
If you could add a piece of earth technology to a photo taken by an extraterrestrial, what would it be?
If you mean a piece of existing earth technology, then I would love to see a simple, hand-powered water pump. It is an elegant and essential object, and arguably a foundation for the other technologies that have followed. If you see an analogous connection between capital and water, you get what I am saying.
If you mean a piece of earth technology that is yet to be invented, then I think the second generation of 4d printers debuting in 2025 would be perfect to show.