For today’s Ten Questions session, I have asked a serious up-and-comer to sit down and talk. His pieces are selling out with the quickness, and he is sure to become a household name in the concert poster scene. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Marq Spusta.
Location: Three Rivers, California (the foothills leading into Sequoia Ntl. Park)
Years Doing Posters: Three. My first real rock n roll gig was The Black Crowes ’05-06 NYE show at Madison Square Garden. This ended up being a shirt graphic, but was definitely a dream gig for me. I’m still blown away that my first “gig” opportunity was from one of my favorite bands and such a big show too. My first actual poster was The Crowes’ Hampton Beach in ’06, shortly followed by my first Fillmore poster for Gnarls Barkley.
Favorite Poster / Art Print You’ve Done: I suppose my latest MMJ poster for the LA Greek. But I’m hoping to have a new personal favorite soon.
All-time Favorite Poster / Art Print that Someone Else Did: Ooof…..impossible question. I don’t have a favorite. There are so many great posters coming out each year, along with all the classics. I reserve the right to give completely different answers in any future interviews or ramblings.
Griffin’s Aoxomoxoa/Grateful Dead has long been an inspiring piece.
Horkey’s Fantomas poster blew my mind when I first saw it. All his stuff is quite amazing.
And Mucha’s stuff.
Music Currently In Rotation: Aaaaah, easier question. TV on the Radio – Dear Science, Brightblack Morning Light, Fred Neil, David Crosby’s first solo record, Jamie Saft, Sun Ra, Curtis Mayfield, Six Organs of Admittance, Mogwai – Hawk is Howling, Wilco – Sky Blue Sky, Tomahawk!, Eyvind Kang, Beck – Modern Guilt, Lee Perry, Jonathan Wilson, John Zorn stuff and always Mingus, Miles & Monk. I have a large record collection and enjoy the process of being interactive with my music. It’s probably good for me to take a moment’s break from my art every 20-some minutes to flip the record or pick out a new groove.
Last Print, Poster, or Toy Bought: I picked up this strange little figure by Mars-1 and couple of those Kidrobot Simpson toys. I got Itchy….or is it Scratchy? And some tennis balls for our dog. Most everything on my walls has been traded for. I enjoy trading my art for stuff….
Art Hanging On Your Walls: Some posters I’ve recently put up :
Black Crowes/Amsterdam 2006 by Richard Biffle:
Boris – Roaring Silence Revue 2007 – Aaron Horkey:
Mars Volta – Tulsa – Alan Forbes 2008 vs. Mexican Chocolate:
Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Giclee – Emek:
Animal Collective / Fillmore – Matt Luenig:
10KLF Conscious Alliance 2006 – Jeff Wood:
Jeff Soto’s Juxtapoz screen print:
Mark Ryden’s Blood Sweat and Tears microportfolio:
I have a nice cluster hanging of Joshua Norton’s woodcuts including Effervescent Crowns. Also pieces by artist friends of mine, Ric Stultz, Andy Ducett, Noah Norton, KC Skinner and A.Bill Miller. And plenty of photography of the natural world.
Upcoming Stuff: For the first time in a long time, I have a short break from any commissioned projects. So I’m enjoying the time to work on a print and a few smaller paintings which will be debuted at The Burning Artist Co-op exhibit at Umber Studios in Minneapolis this January(full info coming soon). A limited quantity of the art prints will be available on my site early in the new year, and possibly some other stuff. And then in 2009 I plan on kicking out a lot of posters and prints – I have a nice variety of gigs lined up already…….Ooops, I lied, first I have to finish these shirt graphics for an upcoming Panic date.
Words of Wisdom: Dream big and beautiful, make it happen, be thankful.
To see more of Marq’s work, visit MarqSpusta.com.