We got an e-mail a few days ago from Sunset’s Paper Chase about something they were printing that was really special: a collaboration between director Mike Mills and West Hollywood based design firm Commune. The collaboration yielded four visually interesting posters that would make great gifts (as they are just $30 each!).
“Why are we making posters with Mike Mills?” Commune asks on their website. “Because we both wanted to make something accessible that lives in the home…and we were jonesing to work with Mike.” Easy enough answer! The series of posters are broken into two groups: these abstract blobs–seen above–and these somewhat literal but still abstract images, seen below. According to the group of little advertisements they made, the posters “were made with the wildness, inhibition shedding sophistication, and willful self-destruction of women like Zelda Fitzgerald, Louise Brooks, and Anita Loos” in mind. Additionally, they’re said to be about “social unrest and chage” in addition to color, texture, and “whatever floats your boat.”
Now, sure, we’re not entirely certain how the inspirations tie into the work and it sounds like they just did whatever they thought was fun and looked cool (which is totally fine: people love to be ashamed of having fun and making meaningless but pretty things). That being said, first two are beautifully colorful drips that look quite like that Wild Flag album cover. The other two are fascinating as they have a sense of wit to them, one listing (insignificant) items of importance and their corresponding years of birth while the other is a pointilized homage to Academy Awards streaker Robert Opel.
The posters are stressed to be affordable and to be shared which is very likely since they are very inexpensive. If you want to pick them up, you can catch them through Commune’s store as well as The Ace’s store (who actually have quite a few additional prints).