CSO MusicNOW — Perspectives Poster
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Designed in celebration of CSO MusicNOW's 25th season, Perspectives is the first in a set of four posters by Chicago artist Donovan Foote inspired by the unique programming of this series.
Artist Statement —
For me, the music of Alvin Singleton and Carlos Simon has moments of disjointedness — at times haunting and then beautiful — and offers up a feeling of the ethereal. It’s something like the sound of a memory existing somewhere between historical fact and a feeling. This first piece was important in developing the elements of language that would carry through on all four posters. Ink splatters, brushstrokes, coin rubbings and instrument shapes began with this design, along with the motif of each program’s focal instrument. Here, the violin illustration exists more like the memory of a violin.
Donovan Foote is a local artist, illustrator and graphic designer with a passion for blending contemporary aesthetics and retro timelessness. He specializes in the interaction of type and image while producing work in many mediums. His work employs the intricacy of the ink-painted line, the beautiful grit of paint and collage, the imperfections of hand-lettering and the use of fantastically detailed illustrations to animate an idea. Over the years, he has worked with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Theatre School at DePaul University, instrument manufacturer Conn-Selmer and the Chicago International Film Festival. As an amateur musician who enjoys building instruments, he is pleased to present these posters for the 25th season of CSO MusicNOW.