From a Basement in Seattle: The Poster Art of Brad Klausen

Foreword by Jeff Ament, intro. by Eddie Vedder, Akashic, $24.95 trade paper (150p) ISBN 978-1-936070-67-1
This lush volume vibrantly documents the work of poster artist Brad Klausen from 2001 to the present day. From his appointment as in-house graphic designer for grunge luminaries Pearl Jam to the establishment of his own design studio nine years later, Klausen has crafted his own magnificent vision to promote established bands like Queens of the Stone Age and Soundgarden as well as emerging artists like MGMT and TV On The Radio. Klausen discusses the creative process behind every work, providing a fascinating evolution of changing ideas, motives, restrictions, and influences. The juxtaposition of early sounding board Eddie Vedder, a mercurial political and socio-economic climate, and Klausen's dutiful search for an "appropriate image for a given city'' form the basis of many a tour poster. Personal inspirations range from M. C. Escher to Evel Knievel and include all manner of mythology, fantasy, theology, psychology, pop culture and even recycled designs. Klausen's left-field philosophies and twisted narratives beautifully underscore the stunning large-format artwork and contribute a greater depth of expression. A must-have for any music fan, artist, or aspiring graphic designer. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 01/17/2011
Release date: 12/01/2010
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