For the past twenty years of Pearl Jam’s tours, a collection of artists including The Ames Bros and Brad Klausen have designed highly stylized posters that celebrated their tours in around the world. Throughout this body of work one thing remains consistent – the constant merging of ideas and personalities between the designers and the band to create an image. This exhibit presents twelve designs and discusses the motivations and inspirations that created the imagery to accompany Pearl Jam’s music.
*Descriptions and poster images excerpted from the book: Pearl Jam vs. Ames Bros
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Cleveland, Ohio. May 20th, 2006
The beauty of music and art is that both are open to infinite interpretation. After listening to “Severed Hand” and reading the lyrics, this image came into my head and I sketched it out. I made several attempts at redrawing it, only to come back to my original sketch, which is about two inches high. I blew it up and added the text, which was also microscopic, and called it a day. The temptation to run an illustration into the ground is always haunting me, and one of the toughest decisions is to know when to stop. If you go too far, the human element is removed. Imperfection is OK. – Coby Schultz