Our Give Shop event was a lot of fun. Some prints are still available and we will continue to donate any proceeds to CASA of Lane County. Thanks to Jay Jones for shooting and editing this rad video.
I made you a pep talk. Quit complaining.
The book cover is by WH Chong and you can read their critique of it here.
UPDATE: Unfortunately Covers is no longer a website. It was taken down sometime ago when the agency behind it "FWIS" closed it's doors.
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During the above interview, Fresh Air Host Terry Gross asked
if he knew who took the photo he used for the iconic poster (above). He stated he did not know who it was, only that is was an AP photo, which are usually not credited. I personally find it hard to believe that he "still does not know" (at time of interview) who took it especially since it has been so widely disseminated. Turns out the photo was taken by one Manny Garcia- as everyone in the media seemed to know- and the
. I stumbled upon an unrelated
(an RIAA insider- something to watch for sure). According to this article most of his federal legal picks have come from the ranks of those who were involved in some high profile music download cases. A link in the article took me to
where he stated that his Stanford Center's Fair Use Project is representing Shepard Fairey in the case.
Incidentally Lessig has a book out called "Free Culture" on this very subject. Download or buy it
. For those that don't know Lessig is the creator of
I find this debate fascinating and as a student of art history and a designer I feel calling foul on someone like Fairey pretty indefensible. By all accounts I've heard it will be a PR nightmare for the AP and should be settled rather quickly. I've always been intrigued with Fairey's work but from an art theory perspective he can be pretty shallow content-wise, especially the more his brand gets disseminated. This situation is at the very crux of art's relationship to commerce in post-post modern age.
has been around for decades in art. This situation is no different.
Anyone have thoughts on the matter? I'm interested in the dialogue on this...
So I've been slammed at work with a monster deadline this week and haven't had time to post. I did manage to find time to do a poster for an upcoming local show next month. Come check out the Annual Tom Waits Tribute Night at Sam Bonds Garage. It's always entertaining. I think I'll be sitting in with one of the band's playing some percussion.
I based the design elements on Robert Wilson's set design from the play The Black Rider. If you're a Tom Waits fan you'll know he did the music for the stage production. And yes... the font is Cracked... when it works it works. You think plain old Helvetica would work for a Tom Waits tribute held in an old mechanics shop?