Friday, October 16, 2009

Artwork by Mark Mothersbaugh: DEVO at the DeVos

Shot Fulla Lead by Mark Mothersbaugh
Shot Fulla Lead by Mark Mothersbaugh

Artwork by Mark Mothersbaugh, composer, singer, and founding member of the new wave band DEVO, is currently on exhibit at the the DeVos Art Museum at the School of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University (NMU). Although their names are similar, there is no relationship between the museum and Mothersbaugh or the band DEVO. The museum has been endowed by a grant from the DeVos Foundation of Grand Rapids, which is how it obtained it's name.

According to an article in the Northern Michigan University student newspaper, the North Wind, the exhibit was originally the idea of a student who suggested it upon meeting Michael Pilmer, project manager for Mutato Visual, Mark Mothersbaugh's artistic studio. Museum curator Melissa Matuscak says that it has been a running joke at the DeVos that it would be fun to have 'DEVO at the DeVos.'

The exhibit, Postcard Diaries, is based on Mark Motherbaugh's postcard illustrations. Mothersbaugh began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends and family during his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO. Mothersbaugh still creates anywhere from 1 to more than two dozen new images per day. He has over 30,000 postcards saved. The exhibit includes framed prints, large and small floor rugs and large, 6-by-9 oil on canvas paintings. Mothersbaugh uses the original pieces, scans them, digitally manipulates them and then creates prints from those manipulated images. Both the framed prints and the rugs are created from this process. The exhibit continues through November 14, 2009.

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Visit the Pop Life Art home page for links to the artwork of more than 100 actors, singers, and musicians.

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***Update, 11/30/09: Here's a video of Mark Mothersbaugh doing a Skype web talk with the exhibit attendees at the DeVos Art Museum.

Mark Mothersbaugh: Scype Conversation at DeVos Art Musuem from emily lanctot on Vimeo.