I was approached by pan y rosas discos to design the album cover for Rosalind Hall and Ada Rave’s new improvisational album, a trail, a texture. Pan y Rosas Discos (pyr), is a Chicago-based netlabel that focuses on experimentalal/noise/improvisational music and sound.
The cover is a composition of an ink drawing imposed on a monoprint, with addition of type.
One of my favorite places was the American Folk Art Museum. I was looking for something similar to Chicago’s Intuit , which is one of my all-time favorite museums. Turns out the Folk Art Museum has free admission. It also turns out not many people have heard of the place. It’s too bad because it’s got some really incredible gems. The exhibit, “Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined”, featured selections from the collection, everything from traditional crafts to more recognizable names.
I took photos of stuff I hadn’t encountered before:
This painting particularly struck me for some strange reason. It is by Jamaican artist Sidney McLaren, who didn’t begin painting until much later in life. It reads: “Sidney McLaren – Artist at 84 yrs. old. Life is What One Makes it. No Two Men Alike.” (1979)
This one is titled “Roaring Lion, Guardian of the Temples” by Augustin Lesage (1938):
Lesage, a miner in France, started hearing voices while working underground, and began to paint under their direction. “My guides have told me: ‘Do not try to understand what you are doing.’ I draw the figures they make me draw. I pick the colors they make me pick and mix colors without knowing what I will end up with.”
‘Strange Fruits’, by Ulysses Davis, made in the 1970’s in Savannah, Georgia. It doesn’t translate well in the photo, the actual sculpture is very beautiful and fantastical in real life. It was made at the height of the civil rights movement. The title comes from a 1937 poem by Abel Meeropol – later transformed into a protest song and sung by Billie Holiday:
The next day I ended up at the Rubin Museum and walked around. There was a really great exhibit of Illuminated Books, such as this beautiful Gospels Book from 16th century Armenia, with earrings and metalwork tacked onto it:
There was so much more and I wish I could devote a whole day to writing about it all. I also visited Printed Matter, which was a real treat.
About: TEN x TEN develops the creative relationship between bands and printmakers beyond show posters. Visual artists invited a musician or band to join the project by recording an original song. Artists then created a 10 in x 10 in print inspired by the song they commissioned. The final collection features a suite of ten art prints and a ten song compilation of all new tracks.
For this project, I teamed up with the very talented Max Alexander (check out his site for more info and streaming). This image was inspired by a new track titled ‘Trunk Show’.
TEN x TEN visual artists:
Dee Clements, Kathleen Judge, Angee Lennard, Onsmith, Colin Palombi, Joey Potts, Grant Reynolds, Tom Smith, Sanya Glisic, Sonnenzimmer
Locks, The Late Model Races, Strictly Jug Nuts, Sky Event, Netherfriends, Nones, Christine Kick, Blasted Diplomats, Max Alexander, Jason Adasiewicz
All the prints and additional works by each artist are on display at LivingRoom Gallery (1530 West Superior Street, Chicago), through February 19th.
Ten Chicago printmakers chose their favorite Chicago musical artists and bands to each record an original song for a compilation. Each printmaker will create a 10″ x 10″, 3-color print inspired by the song they commissioned. The final package will feature a suite of ten fine art prints and a ten song compilation of exclusive tracks.
New three-color screen print, based on an old American folk murder-ballad, “Banks of the Ohio”. Joan Baez sings a beautiful version – listen here
This print is now available for purchase through my etsy shop