Artwork of the Week
I’ve been perusing the work of several contemporary Japanese poster artists and graphic designers this week, so I am sharing an image from one of the best, Tadanori Yokoo. Tadanori’s career really took off in the late sixties, as he thoroughly embraced the psychedelic art of the era and filtered it through his own culture, thus becoming one of the first Japanese artists to be recognized for their psychedelic art in the West. Around the early eighties he more or less gave up graphic design and focused on painting, but it is his poster and album art that I am most fond of.
Album Cover of the Week
The central image of this cover for Matt Elliott’s Howling Songs is interesting enough, and the cover would’ve been okay with just that, but the graphic designer’s decision to flank the image with a floral pattern was the icing on the cake, I think.
Edit: I have since learned that the artist for this piece is Vania Zouravliov. I had seen his work before, but I didn’t make the connection. I actually had the good fortune to stumble on it accidentally.
Vania’s official site is here.
Song of the Week
This week’s tune is from the excellent album The Body, the Blood, the Machine by the rock band The Thermals. The song is called Here’s Your Future. You really should give the entire album a spin though.
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