Last weekend I went to the sneak peak of Blast Gallery’s new space and Mark Mothersbaugh’s exhibit of Rugs! Rugs! Rugs! The new, larger space is a great place to hang out, see some art and have some coffee and other delicious goodies. I don’t think there is another gallery/coffee bar quite like this one in Bergen County (or even New Jersey). Throughout the opening night there was a constant crowd of people viewing the artwork and the excitement in the air was electric!
I really loved the graphic quality of Mark Mothersbaugh’s colorful rugs. They seemed to create a narrative on the wall like a giant sized comic strip. You can read more about the artwork in this article from the NJ Star Ledger
Here is some more info on Mark Mothersbaugh from the Blast website:
Most of Mark Mothersbaugh’s life has been dedicated to his most prolific music endeavor, DEVO—a college art project that blossomed into a career for the Akron quintet.
DEVO is widely known and respected as one of the most important bands to emerge from the 70’s & 80’s. Starting with their debut LP in 1978, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, DEVO continued to release nearly 20 albums over the next 20 years, and spread their controversial message about the devolution of the human race to a worldwide audience.
With DEVO, Mark was able to showcase his artistic abilities on a large scale, and to millions of people. Through their films, videos, costumes, LP covers, stage shows, and printed materials, Mark and DEVO forever altered commonly held preconceptions of how a rock band should function in popular culture.
During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, he began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends, which he still creates, and has been creating every day for over 30 years; A very obsessive habit which still yields anywhere from 1 to 25 new images per day. These cards were originally created as his personal diaries, and were never intended for public viewing. That all changed when Mark decided to share his postcard works in his critically acclaimed solo shows during the 80’s & 90’s, and then with his gallery tour in 2003 titled HOMEFRONT INVASION!. This marked the beginning of many solo shows to come.
“Rugs! Rugs! Rugs! The Visual Art of Mark Mothersbaugh” will be on display from January 7 thru January 31, 2012.
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