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Devo frontman’s new book Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia

With a range of film and television credits, from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse to his often-imitated Wes Anderson film scores of such classics as Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums, Mark Mothersbaugh is truly one of the most unique and versatile artists composing scores today—and that’s not counting his background as the lead singer, and co-founder, of the popular, new wave band Devo. While Mothersbaugh continues to create music, he’s also produced quite a following of his visual art.

Motherbaugh’s latest endeavor comes in the form of a book, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, which retrospectively highlights his diverse body of visual artwork, including drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos, prints, artfully crafted rugs, and a new retail line of custom designed eyewear. It is on this collection of work that Mothersbaugh will discuss at next month’s Dwell on Design Los Angeles show.

In a short cartoon (below via Vulture), created by Mothersbaugh, he speaks on the evolution of Devo (which refers to the idea of “de-evolution”) and briefly shares some history on the medical condition he had as a child: high-degree myopia (legally blind nearsightedness). New corrective lenses prescribed to him at the age of seven changed the way young Mothersbaugh looked at the world—both physically and creatively. “It was the most incredible day and the most incredible feeling in my life when . . . I saw what a roof of a house looked like,” he says. Soon after, he started drawing what he saw, and with a complimentary nod from a teacher, his focus shifted toward becoming an artist.

Some sixty years later, and many musical miles in between, Mothersbaugh’s journey appears to have come full circle. On Sunday, May 31, Mothersbaugh will speak on his decades of creative work, his recent exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, his new eyewear line, and his far-reaching vision.


Originally submitted by Brandi Andres