– 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.
– Be sure to enhance your viewing/reading experience by streaming A Perfect Circle’s latest full-length offering, Eat the Elephant, released on April 20, 2018, via BMG.
About the Painting:
– I have been a lifelong fan of Tool, so I have always listened to the side projects of the band members in between those long stretches of time between Tool albums. My absolute favorite is A Perfect Circle, which I don’t consider a side project but just the flip-side; the more melodic shades of singer Maynard James Keenan. Their video for “Judith” (directed by David Fincher) is probably my favorite music video of all time. There is not a lot to it, but the simple aesthetics that match perfectly to this powerful song have stuck with me for the last 20 years. I also really love their recent video for the single “Disillusioned”, from their new album Eat the Elephant. I now eagerly anticipate their new album just as much as I do the next Tool release. – Damon Kardon
Package #10: “Eat the Elephant”:
– Check out Damon’s creative process by scrolling through the photos below.
04/14 – Tucson, AZ – Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
04/15 – Indio, CA – Coachella
04/17 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
04/18 – San Jose, CA – San Jose State University Events Center
04/20 – Las Vegas, NV – Las Rageous
05/12 – Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
05/15 – Omaha, NE – Baxter Arena
05/16 – Columbia, MO – Mizzou Arena
05/18 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
05/22 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
05/23 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center
05/25 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
05/26 – Dallas, TX – BDF 2018 at Starplex Pavilion
06/01 – Nuremburg, Germany – Rock Am Ring
A Perfect Circle’s cover artwork for Eat the Elephant:
The Series & Future Artwork:
– Coming up in Package #11… MGMT.
– Previously in Package #9… Sheer Mag
– Previously in Package #8… Ministry
– Previously in Package #7… Judas Priest
– Previously in Package #6… Arch Enemy
– Previously in Package #5… Run The Jewels
– Previously in Package #4… Corrosion of Conformity
– Previously in Package #3… alt-J
– Previously in Package #2… G-Eazy
– Previously in Package #1… Killswitch Engage