Bassnectar poster: Adam and Co

Curator: Fathom Information Design
date: November 26, 2012
Categories: Advertising
Tags: music, Poster
Gig poster for Bassnectar at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, October 20, 2012. Commissioned by Another Planet Entertainment. Photo by Marcel Christ.

We decided to get the whole studio involved in the submission process, so each day this week, we have a different person providing a piece of work and their description. Today is James Grady, and his post follows.

I recently came across this poster for Bassnectar by Boston-based designer and illustrator Adam Larson of Adam and Co and Amsterdam-based photographer Marcel Christ

I have been a long-time fan of Adam’s work. I love the surreal and ethereal environments he creates within much of his illustrative work. I had an immediate visceral reaction to this aesthetic. It looks like the form is made from photographing ink or hot wax dropped into water. Although this technique is not new, I love the interplay of type and form as well as the stark contrast of the three-dimensional form against the black background. The poster captures a frozen temporal and spatial moment that reflects the the unpredictable freeform rhythms of Bassnectar’s music.

This project was recently completed so I have not found much documentation about the process. It makes me think that I’d really like to see if this form could be created through code. If this form could be created and manipulated through code, it would open up many possibilities. In the meantime, I think this poster is beautiful and I’d love to get my hands on a copy.
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