Cold War Kids Poster (2010). 11X17" OFFSET ON ARCHIVAL MATTE CARDSTOCK.
For Cold War Kids poster (2010) for their Sacramento show, I wanted to both play off their name and play with an idea I'd been toying with for a while: a distressed "wall of type."
Imagine some shellacked East German alley wall thick with years and years of layered posters, peeling away and revealing events long forgotten. That's the effect I wanted. And I wanted it to carry an international flavor. I scoured the internet for help to properly render the gig's information into several different languages, which is way harder than it sounds.
Rather than just run each through Google Translate, I wanted them to each be syntactically correct and housed individually in their own specific styles befitting the language the information was set in. The final effect being that of years of wheatpasted posters built up and torn down on an alley wall in East Berlin. That alonewas a lot of fun to put together. I often say that a cool looking type stack is its own reason to exist. Around the same time I designed this one for a deep house night in Seattle following the same kind of philosophy.
From there I needed a central image concept that would buttress the wall of type while also getting out if its way. I didn't want the two concepts to fight each other or cannibalize each other in a race to outclever each other. I decided on an overcoat-clad spy figure, fedora blown off to reveal no body there to give things a weight and easy mystique. Perhaps Harry Lime attempting to come in from the cold?
This poster isn't really representative of where my style would eventually end up (although it certainly showcases my penchant for Fables of the Reconstruction-style stacks of dried typefaces) but its absolutely representative of my insistence that Idea and Concept drive the art and not the other way around.
COLD WAR KIDS OFFSET POSTER SPECS
• 11” x 17” offset color print
• Printed on heavyweight archival matte paper
• Each piece individually signed when purchased from this site (please be sure to request this at checkout)
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