Monkey Chow is the illustration and design work of Boston based artist Aaron Kovalcsik. Every character that has been brought to life on paper is caught in an intrinsically profound moment that is at the crux of their entire life. At this moment the artist lets us swap roles from viewers to voyeurs allowing us a peek into their thoughts and emotions. Fueling the quirky ideas behind these colorfully illustrated characters and captions are friends, family, and requests from Monkey Chow fans like you.
Monkey Chow has participated in art shows throughout New England, displayed art in multiple galleries, created public art for the City of Boston, donated designs to MIT's radio station for fund raising, and created art that promotes locally owned and sustainable agriculture in Massachusetts. From small shows like the Rock n Roll Yard Sale in Somerville's Union Square to large venues like the One of a Kind Sale and Show in New York, Monkey Chow has consistently offered affordable and original hand made art.
Aaron Kovalcsik is a multimedia designer currently residing in the Boston area. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from Kendall College of Art and Design of Grand Rapids, MI. The faculty at Kendall chose him for a solo show and awarded him the exclusive ‘Studio Excellence Award’ for graduating at the top of his class. In 2004 he left Michigan with fellow artists from 280 Studios, an artist collaborative that started in the Grand Rapids area. During the next 4 years Aaron helped develop and create fashion shows, art battles, artist parties, and collaborative events throughout the US. Meanwhile a set of quirky characters developed within the pages of his sketchbooks leading to the creation of Monkey Chow.
Aaron currently exhibits across the East Coast and also sells at art festivals throughout the year.
the Monkey Chow story
a nationally syndicated industrial monopoly once undertook the venture to produce cereal manufactured on equipment tethered to advanced atomic power. the company was praised for it's insight into the advancement of technology and earned prestige for producing food so effectively. although intrinsically evil, the company was praised for using a portion of it's ill-gained profit to feed those that could not afford to be fed. although an intellectual dilemma, lives were saved. ultimately, there wasn't a corner of the world where this cereal wasn't sold.
machines moved like clockwork. atoms were split. cereal was created.
for years the public consumed this cereal while the company withheld FDA data that the concoction was unfit for human consumption. in fact, in certain lab results monstrous defects would occur to those that ate it.
regardless, the company moved forward creating new and interestingly innovative flavors, captivating it's audience and running all competitors out of business. everything was running smoothly for the industrial mega-monopoly - but everyone that was eating the cereal ... well, they were changing.
the build up of split atoms and the atomic discharge of factory output polluted the cereal. as each ounce of food was eaten, each pound of human flesh was changed. in fact, some say the world didn't simply change because of the cereal - but life evolved because of the cereal!
factory gates soon stood rusting in the wind and rain as employees no longer showed up for their jobs. interestingly enough this is how it was for every factory on the planet, people - if you could even call them people any more - no longer showed up for any of their jobs!
everything that once was had now completely evolved into something else. it was a new world, filled with new creatures. however, everything was so familiar and similar to the old world. in fact, it's hard for me to explain exactly what this new world is like - but, it is easier for me to draw it.
these illustrations reflect what happened to the world and how the lives of those that inhabit it have changed. it's a snap-shot into profound moments of revelation during their otherwise ordinary existence going about their day to day chores and tasks - just like they used to. i should stop and mention now that there are a few that believe nothing has changed at all - but once you see my illustrations i assure you that you'll see things are quite different!
perhaps the cereal should go unnamed in case you ever come across a box and decide to try it out. however, i trust you, friend - so i'll let you in on a secret... if i were you, don't eat the Monkey Chow.