Uncanny: The Art & Design of Shawn Wolfe

 
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Uncanny is the first monograph of Shawn Wolfe's work. Best known as the man behind Beatkit, the ubiquitous "brand without a product", Wolfe was deconstructing consumerism and brand fetishism since before he knew that's what he was doing. From early days spent working in retail and cranking out handmade fanzines to a tour of duty in the trenches of the apparel industry to his current position as one of Seattle's most notorious fin de siecle artists, Wolfe has branded himself and his work with the style and wit of an artist who's spent the late 20th Century at cultural ground zero -the point of sale.

Collected here for the first time are Wolfe's forays into painting, design, illustration and comics spanning over a decade. The artist himself speaks to his experiences and influences; from childhood years spent in and around various family businesses to fateful brushes with MTV's "The Real World," Raygun magazine and Negativland to his situationist role as self-appointed "ambassador of panic" in Seattle's WTO riots.

Text by Rudy Vanderlans, David Carson and Eric Fredrickson. Additional text by Darick Chamberlin and Shawn Wolfe.

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A native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, artist Shawn Wolfe has called Seattle his home since 1990. His work has appeared in Raygun, Emigre, Print, Slant, The Rocket and The Stranger. He has designed CD packages for various music acts, including Negativland's Dispepsi and most recently "The William Loose Songbook" by Seattle legend Richard Peterson. Wolfe's clients have included Fuct Skateboards, 26 Red, Mercury Records, Sub Pop, Arista, Sweet Mother Recordings, Tasty Shows, Rudy's Barbershops, The Ace Hotel and ARO.space. In 1995 he contributed "A Guide To Personal Branding" to The Happy Mutant Handbook (bOING bOING/Riverhead Books). Wolfe is currently developing an animated adult-oriented TV series about a cartoon rock group called "The Vandalias" with Minneapolis powerpop wunderkind Dan Sarka. He describes the project as "a cross between Speed Racer and The Partridge Family". His ongoing anti-branding campaign Beatkit(tm) has vowed to terminate by the end of the millennium.

Review:

"He delivers nothing. At least nothing we expect." -- Rudy Vanderlans, Emigre Magazine

"There's an intelligent absurdity to his work." -- David Carson

"Wolfe's exquisitely intelligent design appears to be from another time-space continuum." -- Art Chantry

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