Mark Mothersbaugh’s ‘Myopia’

Not many people know that the co-founder of DEVO, Mark Mothersbaugh, has been practicing visual art for over 40 years. Coinciding with a major traveling exhibition of Mothersbaugh’s work, Princeton Architectural Press has issued Myopia, a gorgeous book with a foreword by Wes Anderson, which makes sense, given that Mothersbaugh has scored films of his such as Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). The book also features essays from folks like Shepard Fairey as well as a sizable interview with Mothersbaugh himself. But most importantly, as the first book to cover Mothersbaugh’s art career so thoroughly, Myopia features Mothersbaugh’s drawings, screen prints, photographs, sculptures, hand-fashioned musical instruments, and even rugs — all in their eye-popping, colorful, and delightfully confounding glory. Check out a few images below, and see why the publisher writes, “Mark’s visual art explores the relationship between human and machine and between appearance and reality. It bridges ’70s-era punk surrealism and contemporary street art in a way that’s provocative, playful, and fresh. He is considered a pivotal figure in contemporary art and indie culture.”

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!Myopia Book Cover