After completing a busy summer-festival circuit (SXSW, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Bilbao, in Spain), dance-punk band !!! brought its high-energy tunes to Chicago recently. Contributing photographer Elizabeth Gilmore was on hand at the Bottom Lounge to capture all of the sweaty action. The band chugged and churned through tracks from its 2010 album, Strange Weather, Isn’t It?, among other crowd favorites from its back catalog. According to !!!’s website, its members will be taking some time off from touring soon to work on a new album.
Although the art scene in London is constantly bustling with emerging bands and imminent visual artists, its poster-arts community is barely on the radar. “Silk-screened posters in the UK are nowhere near as popular as they are in the States,” says British designer Adam Pobiak. “Let’s put it this way: I’ve never seen a silk-screened poster at a show that I didn’t do myself.” However, the scene is growing, and people are slowly starting to catch on to the art of poster production.
The imagery within Pobiak’s work comes from a hodgepodge of sources. He takes many of his own photos and works with a variety of found imagery that originates from the likes of stock-photo catalogs and pornography sites. “I feel that if you can recognize the original photo I’ve used,” Pobiak says, “I haven’t done my job.”