What is success for an artist? And what does it mean to ‘make it’ in the competitive industry that surrounds art?
A few months ago Vinyl on Vinyl at The Collective hosted renowned NYC-based artist Tara McPherson in a series of events supported by Fully Booked. The Manila tour took Tara to De La Salle University’s College of St. Benilde and University of the Philippines’ College of Fine Arts for two art forums where she was able to engage both budding and established Filipino artists in conversation about the creation of art as well as the business behind it.
Vinyl on Vinyl also hosted a rocking party that had the gallery packed with people dancing to the live music (courtesy of great local acts Bagetsafonik and Chillitees), enjoying the exhibit of Tara’s work, and lining up to meet Tara herself who was more than willing to spend some time with her fans — and sign more than a few autographs!
If there’s someone who understands ‘making it’ in the art industry, Tara McPherson is a pretty worthy candidate. Tara has gained renown for her work on band posters for artists such as Green Day, Death Cab for Cutie, Beck, Modest Mouse and Melvins — and it was for such work that she has been dubbed by ELLE Magazine “the crown princess of poster art.” And beyond posters, Tara’s art includes painted comic and cover art for DC Vertigo, toy design with the companies Kidrobot, Dark Horse and Toy2R, as well work for some of the most prestigious names in advertising and publishing. She has been featured in Esquire, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Elle, Marie Claire and Juxtapoz, to name just a few publications. Her extensive client list includes DC Comics, Warner Brothers, Dark Horse Comics, SXSW, Nike and advertising giants, Wyden+Kennedy among many more.
We’ve got some great Tara McPherson books on stock at the store. Come pay us a visit and experience her amazing work for yourself!
By the way, we’ve got some signed copies. Who else in town has these? That’s right. Nobody.