Friday, October 28, 2016

Lee Ranaldo

Lee Ranaldo
11 x 8.5 inches, stencil print edition 80, 2016
It's been 25 years since Sonic Youth made an appearance at the Top 100. I've been playing their music again mainly because of an upcoming performance by Lee Ranaldo at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at FSW in Fort Myers. I was honored to be asked to provide the graphics for poster and postcard for this performance. The performance was supposed to take place during the exhibit RE:SOUND featuring the work of Glenn Branca. Ranaldo played on the iconic Ascension LP by Glenn Branca (1981). Thurston Moore also played with Branca, and together with Kim Gordon Sonic Youth soon formed. The Ranaldo performance was postponed due to scheduling conflicts and will now take place at a later date. The image below is one of the sketches I submitted for the poster, that, when the time comes, will be produced as a limited edition stencil print.
Lee Ranaldo concert poster sketch
6 x 7 inches, stencil on paper, 2016
Sonic Youth ceased to exist in 2011. Ranaldo maintains a busy performance schedule throughout the world, Kim Gordon just had her first solo exhibition as an artist in New York. Thurston Moore is active as a producer and in various musical projects, while drummer Steve Shelley is in a band called Sun Kil Moon. Shelley produced Cat Power's What Would the Community Think, launching the career of one of my favorite musicians. Here's another image, a painting.
Lee Ranaldo
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas, 2016

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