Art Director Geoff Gossett introduces recent, rare, and random titles that inspire his work at the drawing table.
Elvis Road, Elvis Studio. (Buenaventura Press, 2007) $24.95
X. Robel’s and H. Reumann’s Elvis Road is a mind-blowing collaboration. The two illustrators have been known collectively as Elvis Studio since 1996 and this book is a certain apex of their work. The book itself consists of one continuous sheet folded into paged sections which,
when pulled out completely, reveals a twenty-foot long continuous depiction of society, organized in clusters. The original drawing is one sheet of one-by-thirty-feet paper—a logistical nightmare, executed perfectly.
Each section has a different theme but the piece as a whole is reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Early Delights, but with a much higher degree of compactness. Bosch probably didn’t have the benefit of having a society so full of mental and sensory clutter. Elvis Road is the perfect coffee table or bathroom book because it can be flipped through hundreds of times. Keep an eye on Switzerland because apparently they don’t just shelter shady investments, make chocolate and boy scout knives, and ski. There are at least two guys there who can draw the pants off just about anyone.
Gig Posters, Volume 1: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century, Ed. Clay Hayes. (Quirk Press, 2009) $40
Over the past few decades illustrators and designers have been adorning flyers for music shows, both as an advertisement for the show and as a special something adorn the walls of adolescent cocoons. They ranged from the psychedelic color and type splashes of the sixties and seventies to the DIY abrasive black-and-white photocopies of the eighties to the eclectic rock posters of the nineties and today. Since 2001 Gigposters.com has catalogued posters and profiled their respective artists, and they’ve now published Gig Posters, Volume 1: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century.
It’s a large book featuring a wide variety of the most interesting and prominent artists in the field. It includes posters covering the entire spectrum of mediums and methods, each reflecting a unique feel based on the artist’s interpretation of that particular lineup. Editor Clay Hayes also had the stroke of decency and genius to make all the pages perforated, so that all poster reproductions are ready to frame. On the back of each poster is a profile of the artist, a brief showcase of their other work, their preferred method(s) of producing that work, where you can find more of their stuff, and some people that have influenced and brought them to where they are now.