David Random graduated in 1969 with a Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art. Subsequently, he prominent in the Boston Advertising community for thirty-five years, and is currently retired from the Creative Director position at DiBona, Bornstein & Random, the agency he co-founded in 1989.
An Artistic Perspective: “ Look at almost anything designed a century ago. It has a sense of aesthetics that transcends its function. Compare a toaster made in 1909, for example, with a new one. They both make toast, but the old one does it with style. The metal sides aren’t simply straight and smooth. They are embellished with incised designs of geometric or flowery motifs. The control knobs do not have the blank stare of today’s. They are detailed with carvings and shaped to make a beautiful statement of their own. But yesterday’s frills and flourishes disappeared with the last automobile tail fin when we were forced to embrace a more generic and more unimaginative standard of beauty. It’s is this sense of embellishment from an earlier age that attracts me. When artists at the end of the 1800’s imagined space travel, it was with an aesthetic flourish that often defied aerodynamics. That’s what I like about it. It made room for an artistic sense, which today seems to get in the way."
So when I design my fantasy sculptures, it is with a nod to the early artists who went into space long before any scientist. It is with a flourish and sometimes a whimsical eye. And yes, it is with a tiny imaginary me onboard, hurtling through space thinking, "Now I’m flying in style”.