Mike Mills is part of a new breed of creators to emerge in the 1990's. Spanning from designer/ art director/ filmmaker, his list of clients reads like a who's who of popular music and fashion culture. Past projects include record album covers and merchandise for bands such as Sonic Youth, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Beastie Boys, Beck, Boss Hog, Cibo Matto, and more. Mills has also created the entire graphic identity for X-Girl clothing, textile designs, graphics. As well, Mills has made films for Marc Jacobs. These are just a few of his projects that have helped to define contemporary graphic design.
London based Mo' Wax Records is set to release a Mike Mills "Visual Sampler" this summer. The "Visual Sampler" will be a series of prints, posters, stickers, etc., all packaged in a 12" record sleeve, an "Art Album" of sorts.
In conjunction with the release of this sampler, we are pleased to announce a special exhibition of original posters designed by Mills specifically for this project which, in this venue, will be contextualized within a large scale installation. This exhibition will serve to bring the world of fashion, music, fine art, film and design together in one environment, breaking down barriers between creative mediums in the gallery context. In addition, these posters conceptually twist their commercial roots, subverting popular notions of consumerism and design and mixing them up in a 20th Century cocktail.
Pre-release copies of the "Visual Sampler" will be available during the exhibition.
This exhibition is one of three exhibitions scheduled at Andrea Rosen Gallery within the next twelve months to continue to incorporate aspects of design into the gallery's program. Also scheduled: a one week installation by fashion designer, Tracy Feith from December 11 through December 18, and a show of industrial design scheduled for early summer 1997.