Monday, January 30, 2017

Richey Beckett Crisis AlexisOnFire Print

Richey Beckett has dropped his first screen print of 2017 - 'CRISIS'.

The artwork was created to officially celebrate the tenth anniversary of AlexisOnFire’s acclaimed album ’CRISIS’. Thematically the record is inspired by the events of the Great Lakes Blizzard that struck the band's homeland of Southern Ontario in 1977.

The original album art featured a series of black and white photographs depicting various scenes from the aftermath of the blizzard - cars buried beneath heavy snowfall, a man with severely frostbitten hands. For the tenth anniversary art Richey wanted to show the effects that the blizzard had on wildlife - as species were driven out of their habitats and challenged to find food. Although several species of swan live on Lake Erie, it’s extremely rare to find a black one.

The term ‘Black Swan’ is used to describe an event or occurrence that deviates beyond what is normally expected (deriving from the historic Western belief that all swans are white). It describes something that is unpredictable and causes great effect. This felt like the perfect metaphor for the Great Lakes Blizzard, which only came about due to a specific combination of extreme weather conditions. The black, white and red coloration played perfectly with the existing palette of the ‘Crisis’ record art.

A limited edition artist set of 75, beautifully silk screen printed on 12"x24" 100lb Speckletone Madero Beach French Paper.


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