AMERICAN CULTURE BY JIM SHAW

by Ariadna Zierold

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The practice of Los Angeles based artist Jim Shaw spans a wide range of both artistic media and visual imagery. Since the 1970s, Shaw has mined the detritus of American culture, finding inspiration for his artworks in comic books, pulp novels, rock albums, protest posters, thrift store paintings and advertisements.

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Providing a blend of the personal, the commonplace and the uncanny, Shaw’s works frequently place in dialogue images of friends, family members, world events, pop culture and alternate realities. Often unfolding in long-term, narrative cycles, the works contains systems of cross-references and repetitions, which rework similar symbols and motifs, allowing a story-like thread to be perceived.

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THE AMAZING WORK OF JOHN ALVIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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John Henry Alvin (November 24, 1948 – February 6, 2008) was one of the most celebrated contemporary American cinematic artists. He illustrated multitude of film posters for American cinema. He is credited for designing posters and key art for over 135 films, beginning with the poster for Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974).. Alvin’s trademark style came to known as Alvinesque by his associates and friends.

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Sunday newspapers held attraction for young Alvin as it featured movie advertisements which led to his growing interest in movie poster creation. In 1971, he earned his graduate degree from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and soon after took up a job as a freelance artist.

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Alvin’s work included the movie posters for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, Gremlins, The Goonies, The Color Purple, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King. He also created the anniversary posters for Star Wars.

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EVOCATIVE ILLUSTRATIONS BY BARRY BLANKENSHIP

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barry Blankenship is dragging the art of the comedy show poster into this century. He is a self taught screen printer trying to live his dream job of telling cool stories through design and illustration. Blankenship makes posters that are a legitimate visual enticement, an aesthetically appealing advertisement that doubles as a comedy nerd collector’s item.

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Besides his posters he has a series of personal illustrations. What’s compelling about Blankenship’s work is that he doesn’t go for funny ha-ha, but instead reaches for something genuinely evocative.

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ABSTRACT ARCHITECTURES BY TIMO LENZEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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German graphic designer Timo Lenzen makes posters and cover design with a personal language that mixes references from different epochs and styles. His simple and direct 3D drawings play with pure forms or simple architectural references transforming them into visual presences with a surreal touch.

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With his subtle designs, that are always on point, Timo creates sometimes abstract, sometimes disturbing and always visually stimulating moods. In both his applied as well as his purely Graphic Arts you’ll be absorbed by the worlds he creates.

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PANELS BY SHARMILA BANERJEE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sharmila Banerjee, born in Rheydt, Germany, is an illustrator, designer and comic artist. After graduating with an MFA in illustration and graphic design from Konstfack, she began focusing on visual storytelling in drawings and comics.

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She published her first comic zine Poor Pinki in 2008, followed by the album Lepidopterin 2010 and several short stories in international anthologies. Her autobiographical comic series Girlie is regularly published in Missy Magazine. You’ll also find her work exhibited in galeries across Europe and the USA.

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The Distance between San Francisco and Amsterdam

Posted from The Citrus Report

From Wooster Collective: “This is a collaborative project between a boy and a girl who, despite the geographical distance between them, remain together. They designed these posters with love, cut them in half, and posted their respective halves in Amsterdam (his home) and San Francisco (her home).”

Posted By The Citrus Report

Arcade Fire x Burlesque: California Dreamin’

As you may know  by now, the good people of Burlesque have been working a lot with the good band of Arcade Fire. So there is a lot to take in here.

On October 14th, Burlesque will be releasing all THREE of our Arcade Fire California posters:

1. Oct 2,3 / Berkeley, designed by Mike Davis
2. Oct 5 / Big Sur, designed by Wes Winship
3. Oct 7 / Los Angeles, designed by Wes Winship

Each print will be available individually for $30 (includes shipping in the US / $35 international). And…

It gets a tad better… There is the CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ COMBO that includes:
– all three Calfornia Arcade Fire prints
– a mystery Arcade Fire Scratch + Dent print of our choosing. It may date all the way back to 2005!

The special combo will be $80 (includes shipping in the US / $90 international)… it doesn’t last forever, so get on it.