Aw shit. I just walked in from a show at the carousel. This is some funny shit. You better be bringing me one of these beeotch! Damn even down to the jap writing. You buy all the drinks at the next A.P.E.S. Nice one! You know Isaac hate smice on posters don't ya?
I happen to dig this poster. So much it's hanging framed in my house. Right below Art's Flaming Lips poster. To me it fit Modest Mouse because it's so sparse. Modest Mouse's sound isn't sparse but "the Lonesome Crowded West" dipped heavily into the wrongs of urban sprawl. I related this to Isaac's want or need for open unpopulated space. Of course that relation could be so far off it isn't even funny. It is however how I related this design to Modest Mouse and why I thought it was a really successful piece. It's all context and personal interpretation.
Art's right. It's like there are only so many chords in music. The trick is making the idea successful or re-inventing it. That's what I go for when I do this crazy shit. I know the Flaming Lips inside and out and what they are doing now relates (at least to me) very well to this concept. They are creating the gayest pop music of their career. Now some of the lyrical content is pretty heavy but the feel of the music and the stage show they put on now is much like a circus. There are balloons everywhere. Pink robots. It's all very "fun." So I made a kite with pink balloons to advertise their show. The band flipped out. Fans were bugging the Jesus outta me to give them some I had brought for the band. To me that makes this a successful poster both conceptually and in practice. It speaks to the music of the Flaming Lips.
I'm not a genius I just like using odd materials to express what has been a pretty ridged format for sometime. I'd love to see the other attempts people have made to break out of the 11x17 flyer. Whether it was 25 years ago or concurrently while I'm making this. Art's also right that very little of this is documented so it is knew to a lot of people. I've done two posters that I hand sewed elements on. I've never seen that. I bet it's been done though. Printed on tin foil glued to sheets of paper. Never seen it. Bet's it's been done. And it is all in context. If the concept is original in the reworking and execution of the design fits then it's successful. This would have been a lousy Black Sabbath poster but it's a great Flaming Lips poster.