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Curator's Note:

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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Seattle, Washington. September 24th, 2004

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Seattle, Washington. September 24th, 2004

This poster was an attempt to politically radicalize two girls under the age of 14 who were opening for us. – Eddie Vedder

My first ever screen printed poster. I had the idea for the poster after I saw the President on TV talking about how we as America “are a peaceful nation,” while simultaneously telling the country why it is necessary to drop thousands upon thousands of tons of bombs on thousands upon thousands of innocent human beings – yet another example of aggressive, destructive action by private interests cloaked under the guise of necessary humanitarian intervention to benefit peace and the prosperity of mankind. I had the drawing for the poster pretty much figured out, yet wasn’t exactly sure how one went about setting up art for a screen printed poster, since I had never done it before. Luckily for me I stumbled upon a poster design class in town taught by Jeff Kleinsmith, and forever became enamored with making screen-printed posters. Thanks Jeff. – Brad Klausen

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