Monograph – Mark Mothersbaugh

Mark Mothersbaugh
Beautiful Mutants

Mark Mothersbaugh’s art leads the viewer to see the hidden mutant in us all. The artist renders a study of humans via symmetry, using photos, both recent and vintage, in which each photograph, like the “self” in Jungian analysis, is transformed to emerge from its chrysalis as something with expected and uninvestigated properties. It no longer represents anything immediately known; rather, it now appears in a double guise, as both known and unknown. Mothersbaugh’s images are real yet unreal, of this world yet otherworldly, mysterious yet deeply, if unconsciously, meaningful. The mutants are taken from nature in the form of images pulled from man’s past, then corrected into sickeningly beautiful beings to become, through this “correction,” symbolic. Mark Mothersbaugh is also a founding member of the music group DEVO and has composed music for television, film, and games. Black faux-leather, embossed hardcover with gold foil stamped title on cover and spine; photo repro plate attached. Red cloth bookmark sewn into spine.

2007, First Edition, Grand Central Press, hardcover, 8 1/2 x 7 1/2″. 252 full-color plates. Signed by the Artist. Condition: Excellent, as new.


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