Official Press Release
On the eve of his first solo visual art exhibition in New York City,
Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the release in June 2008 of
TOWN OF MIRRORS: THE REASSEMBLED IMAGERY OF ROBERT POLLARD, a coffee- table collection of artwork and lyrics from the celebrated front man
of Dayton, OH’s legendary GUIDED BY VOICES.
Robert Pollard is one of the most influential artists of his
generation (SPIN magazine recently named Pollard one of “The Top 50
Rock & Roll Front Men of All-Time”), and although he is primarily
known for his career in music, he is also a lifelong visual artist;
Pollard has created virtually all of the covers for the dozens of
records he has released over the last two decades, working mostly in
the medium of collage.
Town of Mirrors collects the very best of Pollard’s visual art and
lyrics/poetry, featuring over 130 of Pollard’s favorite collages,
hand-picked by the artist, as well as around 20 new collages produced
exclusively for this collection. Town of Mirrors is the first and
most comprehensive collection of Pollard’s visual art ever released.
Pollard’s collages are the visual equivalent of his poetic and
imagistic lyrics, surreal and reminiscent of the collages of artists
ranging from Jack Kirby to Winston Smith. The book features an
introduction by Rick Moody (The Ice Storm), an avowed Pollard fan.
On Dec. 9 & 10, STUDIO DANTE in New York City will debut the first-
ever solo show of Pollard’s art, “Do the Collage.” The exhibition
will consist of more than 50 collages that date from 1990 through
2007. Using collage elements from 1930s-60s era magazines, pamphlets
and found obscure pictoral paperbacks as his primary tool, he
portrays allegorical personas and hallucinogenic-type environments to
create small, almost random synapses of unmistakable compositions
with sardonic titles, each serving as a story unto itself. The
Artist’s media utilizes the archetypes of the working class, becoming
pawn deities and martyrs found within the strata of near fantasy
religion and the collective unconscious.
“Do The Collage” is being hosted by two close friends of Pollard:
visual artist Todd DiCiurcio and actor Michael Imperioli (The
Sopranos), who, along with his wife Victoria are the Artistic
Directors of Studio Dante.
Under the artistic leadership of Michael & Victoria Imperioli, Studio
Dante is a not-for-profit, off-broadway theatre conceived and built
to house progressive new plays in a setting inspired by the grand
architecture and design of traditional 19th Century venues. Studio
Dante is located at 257 29th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue) in
Manhattan. Opening night is Sunday December 9th from 6 PM to 10 PM
and the exhibit will continue thru Monday, December 10th from 12 Noon
to 10 PM.
ROBERT POLLARD was a fourth grade schoolteacher until 1994, when
Guided by Voices first broke into the national consciousness with the
release of the album Bee Thousand. With over 900 songs registered to
his name with BMI, Pollard is among the most prolific songwriters of
his time. In 2006 Paste Magazine listed him as the 78th greatest
songwriter of all-time.
TOWN OF MIRRORS:
THE REASSEMBLED IMAGERY OF ROBERT POLLARD
By Robert Pollard; Introduction by Rick Moody
136 pages, full-color, 10″ x 10″
PUBLICATION DATE: JUNE 2008
“One of the all-time greatest rock stars in Western history.” – The