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Mark Mothersbaugh: Rugs! Rugs! Rugs!

Dive For Safety rug by Mark Mothersbaugh
Dive For Safety rug by Mark Mothersbaugh

Mark Mothersbaugh, artist, composer, singer, and founding member of the new wave band DEVO, began creating and exhibiting art in the late 1960s and into the 1970s. His artwork consisted of many different mediums, including rubber stamp designs, ink illustrations, screen printing, decals, and mail art.

During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends. He still creates these postcards, and has been creating them every day for over 30 years. He describes it as “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. However, he began exhibiting them during the 1980s & 1990s, and he has had many solo shows since. In recent years Mark Mothersbaugh began transferring his postcard artworks onto rugs. He says that he kind of likes the idea of the art rugs getting dirty and people walking on them.

Goatee Pompadour rug by Mark Mothersbaugh
Goatee Pompadour rug by Mark Mothersbaugh

The next exhibit of Mark Mothersbaugh’s rugs will be at BLAST Art Gallery in Teaneck, New Jersey. The show, titled Rugs! Rugs! Rugs!, will run from January 7-31, 2012.  There will be an opening reception on January 7 from 8-11 pm. At the opening, Mothersbaugh will be making a “cyber-appearance” for a 50 minute video chat with gallery attendees.

The video below is from a video chat in September 2011 with Norwich Arts Centre in the UK. He talks about his artwork, his rugs, DEVO, and he takes the the viewers on a tour of his music studio.


For more information about Mark Mothersbaugh and his artwork visit

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Mark Mothersbaugh: Beautiful Mutants and Scion Art Cars at LA Art Show (January 20, 2012)

Artwork by Mark Mothersbaugh: DEVO at the DeVos (October 16, 2009)

At Beautiful Mutants by Mark Mothersbaugh

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