These were made around the same time as the Strip Compositions that evolved from the Languid: 3 Days Later design. They displayed at my Evidence of the Human Annex show (2002).
This is the first of many such False-Function Designs that emerged that year and the next, mostly as Round Compositions on display at My New Art Show (2004) and elsewhere.
If you were to sit me down and have me talk about my work for a while, the phrase, "All that's left..." would come up a lot, I think. So much of my work's been abandoned or destroyed or who-knows-what and the only one left to remember it is me, going , "all that's left is this photograph."
I have to admit I don't think the case with this piece is quite so dire or dramatic. I made this in Denver, CO during the Languid : 55 Clicks recording sessions mostly out of sheer boredom and because Denver in July yielded such nice trash to work with. But before I left the studios where this was made, I gave it to its owner and engineer, Dave (I think) and never saw it again. It felt like the right thing to do at the time but, today, I wish I'd kept it because, now, all that's left is this crappy photograph.
And that's not enough.
This project was commissioned by the artist, Brandy Johnson, for her first and only solo album. This was an intense and exhaustive job, as you can imagine but Rebecca Ryan and Brandy both helped out a bit and I remember it all now as a pretty good time.
One day Sabrina, Dan, Ed and I went to Santa Monica Beach to get away from the dorms for a while. I brought my camera and shot this, among others, of her. Years later I unearthed the negatives and ended up using this image as the centerpiece to my Endless Summer mixed-media work on display at Mad Art in, I think, 2004. I saw Sabrina just a couple years ago in Chicago where she lives with her family. She is still beautiful and fun and, yeah, I still miss her sometimes.
This design has plenty of problems, but I'll still keep a place in my heart for it.
Not, like, the greatest poster in the world, but a pretty good use of some Letterhead Fonts. It was commissioned by Chris King to benefit Brett Underwood's... well, you can read. Real, serious St. Louis stuff.