If you can get half a chance, you ought to pay a visit to FLATSTOCK 29, a very groovy rock poster show that is a free sideshow to the South by Southwest (SXSW). FLATSTOCK has been going strong since 2002 and is put on by the AMERICAN POSTER INSTITUTE (API). I go every year, if not several times over, and marvel at the posters of my favorites, that best capture my sensibilities in Art or Rock.
The use of color and shape is impressive; the bright orange and blue against the black shadow man is abstract, yet a poignant expression appropriate to the job at hand for a Yeasayer concert. This is a collectible in my book! I pulled out my book on Aubrey Beardsley this morning, one of my favorite artists, because I’m seeing aspects of Beardsley (such as rounded lines) in James Flames, and maybe a touch of Peter Max, which is perfectly okay with me.
Please don’t hesitate in visiting these artists’ web pages and take a look at their splendid work. I will link their pages for you below. And if you are in Austin now, drop by their booths at FLATSTOCK 29. It’s free! You might consider purchasing their art too; poster art is very collectible and the value may go up a great deal over time. If Peter Cardoso and James Flames become famous, who knows, their stuff could be worth millions in the years to come!
James Flames-Posters and Illustrations