Stanley Donwood | Fifty24sf Gallery | San Francisco

Stanley Donwood, famed for the album artwork he created for Radiohead, is holding his first US exhibition next week at the Fifty24sf gallery in San Francisco | The show, titled Over Normal, will include a series of paintings influenced by the vibrant colours he saw on a trip to California, and the contents of spam emails that he’s received | Writing in a newspaper that he has created to accompany the exhibition, he says: ‘The work that would eventually become Over Normal started in California, and maybe it will end there. I found myself in the Golden State once, back in 2003, trying to make an artwork. I’d just arrived, and I was with a well-known ‘rock’ band who had decided that they were going to record an album in two weeks. Similarly I was supposed to produce the artwork in two weeks. Ho hum. It was the first time I had been to the west coast of America. It’s an eerie place for a European; incredibly familiar from television and movies, inhabited by people who mostly speak the same language, but at the same time indefinably foreign. This foreign-ness, I thought, was at least partly to do with scale. Huge skies, huge buildings, huge highways, huge vehicles. Part of this massive scale involved the many advertising materials and traffic signage employed along the multi-lane highways that dissect the built environment.’ | The exhibition at Fifty24sf opens next Thursday, September 2, and will run until October 27. For those of you that can’t make it to San Francisco though, Donwood has made the newspaper available to download from his website http://www.slowlydownward.com/nonews.html

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