Mohawk General Store celebrates its 5th anniversary, December 5th, and in celebration is hosting a block party around their newest outpost in Old Pasadena, California. I’m thrilled that this event also marks the formal launch of my first collaboration with the store: an exhibition of a selection of my Future Desert artwork. Nine A3-sized prints will be on show at the Old Pasadena store and a further four at their original location in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. Both stores will also carry my notecard series, each bearing a different piece from the Future Desert series. Please stop by and check them out—the show runs through the end of the year—and if you come to the block party, please introduce yourself and say Hello.
I’m pleased to announce that, by public demand, the first issue of Afterzine is now in its second printing. The first run of 1,000 copies sold out in a little over two years. Copies of the second printing will sport an all-new color cover, as seen above. Copies will be available to buy in person at next year’s Los Angeles Art Book Fair, or online immediately from Vacation Days.
It’s Sunday morning, I opened my rdio page, and I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to make an image (above) that I’ve been meaning to make for months. Why is it that so many bands over the past year or so have opted for album covers with big glaring circles in the middle? It’s a pretty established fact that whomever comments first in a list, be it a Facebook post or a hotel or wedding guestbook, will be copied at least a few times before the end of the page, but has endless scrolling taken over LP design in the same way?
That said, while I’m not a fan of any of the above records, some of my favorite records have similar artwork (below). It’s always been a dream of mine to design album artwork—if you don’t want something with a big circle in the middle, let me know.
I’m thrilled to report that issue 3 of Afterzine has been invited to be featured in The Gift of Time, at The U Café in Singapore, an exhibition produced “in conjunction” with fashion-house (and Afterzine favorite) Hermès. Located in the city’s Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, this “first of its kind café installation” is open now and runs until August 12, 2012. Full details can be found here.
Brooklyn-based artist Marsha Cottrell works in the same building as me, on the same floor, for the same company. In fact, a couple of years ago (though we don’t work in overlapping departments) I worked at the desk directly adjacent to her. It makes it all the more lovely then—meetings, corporate jargon wading, and deadlines aside—to have taken five and snook a peek at the always-inspiring But Does It Float, admire a collection of breathtaking images, and realize they were iron oxide drawings by Marsha. I urge you to visit Marsha’s site and see the rest of the series. For those of us in New York City these may be the only constellations we’re likely to see but the other stars might be right under your nose.
Above: Impossible Night, 2011, iron oxide on mulberry paper