Jan Urschel's artwork Morning Shift shows a dirty, grimy layer below the surface of future metropolises. It is on this level, mostly ignored by the population above, that the garbage collectors go to work early in the morning. Specialized garbage chutes transport the cities' dirt down below ready for pickup by dilapidated, old trucks.
Morning Shift is inspired by the “dirty” visions of the future pioneered by movies such as Blade Runner and Star Wars and by a desire to show the lives and surroundings of the average citizens rather than the heroes. A misty atmosphere, harsh lighting and stark contrasts make for a hostile and unwelcoming setting that nonetheless draws you in and makes you feel the dampness and smell of this environment.
Jan Urschel made his living as a self-taught graphic designer all through the 00s while getting a masters degree in Japanese and living in Germany, Japan and Hong Kong. Jan Urschel’s further career would be everything but ordinary.
After having worked as a lead graphic designer for two years in Singapore, he finally enrolled in the FZD School of Design in 2010 to embark on a journey he had dreamed of for years: to become a concept artist for the entertainment industry.