Series Overview:
Red Run Art Series (No Blackout Dates) is a mixed-media series by artist Damon Kardon created to celebrate the traveling circus that is the music tour. He has various bands and solo artists whose music and words have influenced him and his art over the years. He set out to encapsulate in these works everything that a band or artist puts forth with a new album and accompanying tour. What better way to convey the creativity and excitement of travel than in a postage stamp representing this new voyage?

“Red Run” is a postage term describing an assignment to handle registered mail and “Blackout Dates” a travel term meaning no time off from travel. These terms represent to Damon, a clear vision each band or artist delivers in their new album and then expresses 24/7 in their subsequent tour. Each piece he creates starts with a painted portrait of the band or artist. He then incorporates colors and elements of their new album into the background. Next, he takes that image of the finished painting and digitally alters and adds text through Photoshop.

The text seen on each postage stamp design incorporates new song and album titles as well as the names and dates of the tour. Each completed stamp design is a mixed-media collage representing the artist/band and their music. You shall see a new finished piece featured every week for the entire run of the series. Through their boundless creativity and determination, these artists/bands have put their musical stamp on the world.

Road-Ready Listening:
– Be sure to enhance your viewing/reading experience by streaming alt-J’s latest full-length offering, Relaxer, released on June 2, 2017, via Infectious Music and the Canvasback Music division of Atlantic Records.

About the Painting:
– Their live show is truly something that could only be dreamed up by musicians who are also visual artists. I find that the music I actually paint to in my studio comes from bands like alt-J who are always reaching beyond the horizon for new sounds. I refer to it as “the lab” in that this band is always experimenting like chemists in the studio to find a new mix of something you’ve never heard before. They are truly inspiring in my work and their newest album Relaxer is their best work to date. – Damon Kardon

Package #3: “Relaxer”:
– Check out Damon’s creative process by scrolling through the photos below.

Tour Dates:

04/07 – The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
04/10 – The Great Saltair – Magna, UT
04/12 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
04/14 – Coachella – Indio, CA
04/16 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
04/18 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
04/19 – Humphreys Concerts By the Bay – San Diego, CA
04/20 – The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
04/21 – Coachella – Indio, CA
04/23 – Pavilion at the ARC – Davis, CA
04/24 – Cuthbert Amphitheater – Eugene, OR
04/25 – The Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
05/04 – WAM Estrella Festival – Murcia, Spain
05/11 – A2 Green Concert – Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
05/12 – Izvestya Hall – Moscow, Russian Federation
05/15 – Les Docks Des Suds – Marseille, France
05/16 – Paloma – Nîmes, France
05/18 – Festival ODP – Bordeaux, France
06/06 – Peabody Opera House – St Louis, MO
06/07 – Huntington Bank Pavilion – Chicago, IL
06/08 – Iroquois Amphitheater – Louisville, KY
06/10 – Bonnaroo Festival – Manchester, TN
06/11 – Charlotte Metro Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC
06/12 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
06/14 – Firefly Festival – Dover, DE
06/15 – Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY
06/16 – Mountain Jam Festival – Hunter, NY
06/18 – Thompson Point – Portland, ME
06/20 – RBC Echo Beach – Toronto, Canada
06/24 – Teatro Banamex – Monterrey, Mexico
06/26 – Pepsi Center WTC – Mexico City, Mexico
07/11 – Gurtenfestival – Bern, Switzerland
07/12 – BBK18 – Bilbao, Spain
07/14 – Dour Festival – Dour, Belgium
07/15 – Latitude Festival – Norwich, United Kingdom
07/27 – Les Nuits Secrets Festival – Aulnoye-Aymeries, France
08/17 – Fete Du Bruit Festival – Landerneau, France
08/18 – DOCKVILLE FESTIVAL – Hamburg, Germany

alt-J’s cover artwork for Relaxer:

The Series & Future Artwork:
– Coming up in Package #4… Corrosion of Conformity.
– Previously in Package #2… G-Eazy
– Previously in Package #1… Killswitch Engage