German artist Stefan Marx (born 1979) draws a great deal on a variety of grounds: large and small, colored or white paper; on cardboard, porcelain, skateboards or textiles. He also always likes to draw in small notebooks. He takes them everywhere, because they are convenient, lightweight and are the right size for any idea.
Now, Marx has developed versions of his ideal notebooks, with four different covers and surprising drawings here and there on the inside pages. Chance determines the notebook each customer receives. These unique notebooks/artist’s books contain 144 blank pages perfect for lively drawings of the family dog, friendly caricatures of vegetables and fan art of a favorite rock star.
Over the past 20 years, the German contemporary artist, skateboarder and illustrator Stefan Marx (born 1979) has been translating lines from songs, popular sayings and quotations into paintings or drawings on two-dimensional surfaces—interpreting phrases such as “I guess I shouldn’t be telling you,” “funny how I find myself in love with you,” “this is so not what I wanted,” and others abstracted to the point of illegibility. These pieces may be realized in an edition, a unique work, as a mural in a house or as a small invitation card.
Word Paintings is the first volume compiling these pieces in all mediums. Essays explain Marx’s drawing, printmaking and painting techniques, as well as his unique interplay of art and pop culture.
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Florian Waldvogel.
Founder of The Lousy Livincompany, German artist Stefan Marx (born 1979) is at the forefront of Europe's skateboard scene, and his Shrigleyesque black-and-white drawings, overpainted flyers and enigmatic slogans are anchored in street culture. Following numerous zines and independent publications, I Guess I Shouldn't Be Telling You offers the first overview of his work.
This 96-page collection is Stefan Marx's largest book to date, following on the heels of I'm Starting to Feel Okay, also by Nieves. In I Wait Here For You Forever as Long as It Takes, Marx, respected T-shirt and skateboard-graphics designer, presents a selection of personal diary drawings, paper paintings and written notes from the past two years, attempting to create a statement. Marx, who was born in Germany in 1979, speaks an effervescent and endearing (if messy) truth; so do his thumbs-up signs, furry amoebae, leaping women, tiny landscapes and bubble-type calligraphy.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 7.75 x 10.25 in. / 96 pgs / 96 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/1/2007 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2007 p. 120
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783905714197TRADE List Price: $28.00 CDN $32.50
This 32-page artist's book by the young Hamburg-based artist and designer, Stefan Marx, features loose, sometimes dark and always savvy line drawings of things like a sunny-side-up egg, a woman's ear with a big hoop earring and a muscular bird above the caption "Strong men or losers like me." There are bright gouachey graphic works like a set of complementary two-toned human skulls and a Raymond Pettibon-esque hanging globe/disco ball/wrecking ball that bring to mind the limited edition T-shirts Marx designs for his "Lousy Livin' Company." Marx has created T-shirts and board graphics for Hessenmob and Cleptomanix Skateboards and has contributed artwork to skate and street culture exhibitions worldwide.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.5 x 9 in. / 32 pgs / 16 color and 16 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/15/2006 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2006 p. 137
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783905714081TRADE List Price: $20.00 CDN $25.00