Much can be gleaned from the music of Electric Light Orchestra, like that women are evil, and joining a band with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and George Harrison ensures the world will forever remember the name Jeff Lynne! Proving he's absolutely right: Kate Banazi's art.
From an Aussie illustrator who's done design work for everyone from Coke to Playstation, and who considers her love of ELO one of her most defining characteristics, KBA's limited-run silkscreens and poster prints blend vibrant, laser-esque geometric patterns with more classic imagery, a visual analog to ELO's auditory masterpieces that may make some viewers Turn to Stoned. Things kick off Victorian, from a mustachioed man in Edwardian garb donning modern 3D glasses, to a dapper dude in an armchair puffing a cigar with a cloud of green & yellow circles floating overhead, done to honor a friend who told her "Connect 4 ruined [his] life" (a pretty unique way of saying "Sorry!"). Since nothing's more ELO than astronauts, there're also Apollo-era spacesuits floating amid enormous, multicolored confetti in "A Pocket Full Of Scoundrel", and blacked out (save for a few appendages) in "Portion Control", which must be hard to exercise when your ice cream is so crunchilly delicious.
She's even selling a handful of designs as digital downloads for desktop backgrounds & screensavers, useful if you don't have walls, because as Jeff Lynne can tell you, it's hard to keep a roof over your head when you're a Traveling Wilbury.
Published: January 19, 2011 at 4:00am EST
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