Tuesday, January 16, 2007

MR. SUPER BAD



Just thought I'd share a little about the above piece:
The quote was taken from an article in Tokion Magazine's June/July issue. The picture of James Brown is from a 2002 issue of Vanity Fair. The picture itself was taken in 1980 in NYC. I like to keep images and magazine clippings I come across for future projects...sadly this one came out for a remembrance piece, but it's all love. The background is a piece of cardboard I scanned in a while back for a school project. I've been using it a lot lately, along with those splats. The black arc is from a plate I traced with a pen I made out of a soda can. I used calligraphy ink and scanned it in (Scanning is a bitch, but worth it). The font is "Mrs. Eaves" and is available at Emigre.com.

This is only the beginning...I plan to make a number of pieces dedicated to Soul Brother Numero Uno. If anyone wants to collaborate, hit me up!

So, I'm feel that I'm better at expressing myself through art than with words...so instead of typing something up I thought I'd add some of my favorite quotes about the man when I come across them. Here are a few:

From Davey D:

"He delivered the drum front and center. Vincent noted that James Brown brought out a more prominent rhythmic foundation for the music and introduced the important concept of 'Hitting on the One'. James Brown focused his entire band including the complex horn, rhythm guitar and keyboard arrangements of his band mate Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Nat Jones to 'deliver on the one'. James Brown punctuated his efforts by using his voice with his vintage grunts, groans and screams as a binding force which also drew everything 'on the one'. It seems so simple and commonplace today, but back then it was groundbreaking."

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From Amiri Baraka - 1969:

"If Elvis Presley/ is
King
Who is James Brown,
God?"

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