New York Times: A Hollywood Futurist With Roots in the Car Business

A designer of vehicles and environments for films like “Blade Runner,” “Aliens,” “Tron” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” Syd Mead is also a virtuoso of gouache painting. Through June 30, a rare show of his work is on view at BravinLee Programs in Manhattan.

The show is called “Future (Perfect),” the parenthetical element suggesting the problematic and ambiguous nature of the worlds of tomorrow depicted in the artist’s visions.

Mr. Mead has roots in the automobile industry. Born in 1933, he studied at Art Center, now the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and later worked in the design studio of Ford Motor before founding his own design shop, based in Detroit, in 1970.

 

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