Asif Mian

Asif Mian must be stopped. His first video, Aesop Rock’s “Fast Cars,” snatched up a nomination for Video of the Year at the Plug awards, and two noms at the mtvU Woodies. While he is rapidly becoming the go-to designer/art director/video director for every hip indie rapper you have ever heard of, his art work graces the magazine covers of XLR8R and the like, and his t-shirt designs for 2K sell out. All of this would be fine, if not for one minor detail. The little punk hasn’t even hit 30 yet. As reward for making the rest of us look bad, he’s recently been named one of the Art Director’s Club Young Guns, a prize which recognizes freakishly talented artists under 30. Oh, did we mention that he’s also a scientist? Uh huh. He graduated from college with a double bachelor’s degree in biology and studio art [effectively crushing the theory that we all suck at math and science because we’re “creative”]. While he’s not exactly out there splicing up stem cells, there’s more than a little bit of science fair fodder in his work, evidenced by his apparent affinity toward robots [see his work on Def Jux’s Revenge of the Robots or his Beatman 9000 illustration] and especially in his work with sound waves that he offered up for this exhibit. “With my pieces in this collection, I created ‘sound portraits’ – I used myself as a ‘human sound wave creator’ by creating lines out of the bass, treble, and lyrics and shaping them into portraits.”