Mark Mothersbaugh, Lead Singer and Co-founder of Seminal Punk Band DEVO Brings his Art to BLAST Art Gallery in Teaneck, NJ

"Rugs! Rugs! Rugs! The Visual Art of Mark Mothersbaugh" wii be on display from January 7-31, 2012. There will be an opening reception on January 7 from 8-11 pm. At the opening, Mothersbaugh will be making a "cyber-appearance" for a 50 minute video chat with gallery attendees.

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Through their films, videos, costumes, LP covers, stage shows, and printed materials, Mark and DEVO forever altered commonly held preconceptions of how a rock band should function in popular culture.

Teaneck, NJ (PRWEB) December 05, 2011

Most of Mark Mothersbaugh's life has been dedicated to his most prolific music endeavor, DEVO—a college art project that blossomed into a career for the Akron quintet.

DEVO is widely known and respected as one of the most important bands to emerge from the 70's & 80's. Starting with their debut LP in 1978, "Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!" DEVO continued to release nearly 20 albums over the next 20 years, and spread their controversial message about the devolution of the human race to a worldwide audience.

With DEVO, Mark was able to showcase his artistic abilities on a large scale, and to millions of people. Through their films, videos, costumes, LP covers, stage shows, and printed materials, Mark and DEVO forever altered commonly held preconceptions of how a rock band should function in popular culture.

Mark's love of art started early in his childhood, just after it was discovered that he was extremely nearsighted and legally blind. His first correctional glasses offered Mark a new view of the world, inspiring his obsession with imagery and illustrations. His first works, which he began creating in the late 60's and into the 70's, consisted of many different mediums, including rubber stamp designs, ink illustrations, screen printing, decals, and mail art. He participated in local showings, and received recognition for his work.

During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, he began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends, which he still creates, and has been creating every day for over 30 years; A very obsessive habit which still yields anywhere from 1 to 25 new images per day. These cards were originally created as his personal diaries, and were never intended for public viewing. That all changed when Mark decided to share his postcard works in his critically acclaimed solo shows during the 80's & 90's, and then with his gallery tour in 2003 titled "Homefront Invasion!" This marked the beginning of many solo shows to come.

The show “Rugs! Rugs! Rugs!” features a selection of Marks postcard works blown up onto rugs.

About BLAST
BLAST Art Gallery and Coffee Bar hosts monthly art shows by multidimensional artists that embody an original independent aesthetic, regardless of whether or not the work would normally be considered “high art”.

Recent artists featured at BLAST include: Jad Fair, tattoo artist—Joseph Ari Aloi (JK5), and Daniel Johnston.

BLAST also features a full coffee bar; offering barista-prepared hot and cold beverages, pastries, and light fare.

BLAST is located at 445 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, New Jersey

For more info, visit: http://www.blastgallery.com

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