Third Drawer Down Studio
Battles Pillowcase Set X Mike Mills
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mike Mills works as a filmmaker, graphic designer, and artist. As a filmmaker, he has completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries and feature films. His short films have premiered at the Sundance, Oberhausen, Stockholm International, New Directors/New Films and Rotterdam film festivals. He adapted and directed his first feature, Thumbsucker (2005), from Walter Kirn's novel of the same name. The movie won awards at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals for lead actor Lou Taylor Pucci, and Mr. Mills was honored with the Guardian New Directors award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. His next feature as director was the documentary Does Your Soul Have a Cold? (2007). In 1996, he and Roman Coppola co-founded The Directors Bureau (TDB), a multidisciplinary production company through which he has directed music videos for such bands as Air, Pulp, Everything but the Girl, Les Rythmes Digitales, Moby, Yoko Ono, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion; and commercials for such clients as Levis, Gap, Volkswagen, Adidas and Nike as part of their international campaigns. As a graphic artist, Mr. Mills has designed album covers for such bands as Sonic Youth, The Beastie Boys, Boss Hog, and Buffalo Daughter; and has also done extensive work for companies such as X-girl, Marc Jacobs, and Supreme. He has had solo art shows at the Andrea Rosen Gallery (1996); Adam Bray Gallery in London (1997); The Alleged Gallery (1996, 2001, and 2004); The Collette Gallery (1998); and The Mu Museum in Holland (2004). His work was featured in the Beautiful Losers exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco, as well as in Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard's documentary feature Beautiful Losers (2008). A monograph of his work, Mike Mills: Graphics Films, was published by Damiani in 2009. Mr. Mills was born in Berkeley, California and graduated from Cooper Union.
BATTLES, 1000 Hand Painted Rainbows, 2008 The rainbows were painted with children's watercolor sets, on standard 8.5 in x 11in paper. While I was growing up in California, in the 1970's rainbows were a common visual icon. In this sense the rainbow was a sentimental reminder of that time; vaguely representing positivity, beauty, nature, magic, but all reduced to a cliche. In reality, rainbows happen when light waves hit water particles in the air at just the right angle, refracting the wave into its separate colours, the colours which are always there but we do not see. In another 70's California reality, the rainbow was becoming the symbol for Gay pride. Gilbert Baker created the first rainbow flag by hand, using fabrics he dyed for the 1977 San Francisco Gay Pride parade. During this time, my father was hiding his gayness from our family, not coming out of the closest UNT 1999. When he did come out, he was not aware that the rainbow flag represented Gay Pride.
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100% Cotton Pillowcase Set of 2
Limited edition of 1000
Size: 50 X 70cm
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