Monday, June 16, 2008
A promotional calendar for my old studio Manhattan Design and our favorite printer Enterprise Press. I came up with the idea for this calendar after not finding any good ones on the market for 1982. Manhattan Design provided the artwork and design and Enterprise Press donated the printing. Calendars were given out to clients and a small amount were sold in a few stores in Greenwich Village. It featured monthly illustrations based on the "time is running out" theme. Artists included: Mark Marek, Jean Tuttle, Jim Cherry, Futzie Nutzle, Richard Stine, Vivienne Fleischer, Keith Haring, Candy Jernigan, Guy Billout, Gary Panter, Steven Guarnaccia, and yours truly (shown above along with cover and grid for November). I recall there was also a painting by Sue Coe that was rejected by the printer because it was too intense for his taste.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Cover for the forthcoming CD Sweetheart of the Neighborhood by young Texas band, The Dedringers. Photo by one of my favorite photographers and dear friend, Keith Carter. We met on a photo shoot for the Jimmie Dale Gilmore album, Spinning Around the Sun in Big Bend, Texas in 1993. I have deeply enjoyed working with both Keith and Jimmie on other projects since that time.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
A spread from What The Songs Look Like: Contemporary Artists Interpret Talking Heads Songs (1987). The book was my concept and I got to collaborate with my very favorite band, Talking Heads. I was able to obtain work from many incredible artists including: Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Byrne, Sue Coe, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Duane Michals, Jim Nutt, Nam June Paik, Gary Panter, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, William Wegman, Tadanori Yokoo and others. To illustrate the song "Artists Only," I painted over a large photo print of myself with a painter's palette worn as a mask. The photo was taken by Caroline Greyshock.
I caught up with my old friend Lynda Barry at the Strand Bookstore last evening. So wonderful to see her again. She is truly an inspiration. Go out RIGHT NOW and purchase a copy of her incredible new book What It Is which features exercises from her writing workshop "Writing The Unthinkable" plus a ton of other stuff. Some of Lynda's meditating monkey paintings appear in the current issue of Tricycle magazine.