Go right ahead and judge this book by its cover.
This is, after all, the cover of the sketchbook that I put together for the Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project. The chosen theme (from the list they provided) was “Heroes and Villains”.
The 32 pages that follow delve into what it really means to embody those archetypes, but the cover plays it a little coy.
Since so many of my heroes are found in Rolling Stone, that magazine was a natural fit for this cover. It wasn’t really all that thought out. These words “The Curse Of The Killers Inside” just kind of worked. I chose them from my pile of clipped words partially for their size: they filled up the space that needed filling. But the ‘over-the-top-ness’ also set the stage for the sometimes campy, sometimes satiric, usually audacious pages inside the book.
One of the main goals of this booklet was to raise questions about heroism and villainy – not only in the people we idolize, but our own capacity to fill these roles. Along that line, I hoped to stir up a little ambiguity right away with the cover phrase. Is it a standard tabloid teaser; exhorting the reader to look inside the pages for more about the “Curse”? Or, are the killers *inside* something else?
Spoiler alert: the curse is inside YOU!!!
Any way, please leave your own thoughts about heroes, villains, curses, Rolling Stone, or The Rolling Stones – in the comments section below. I will be updating the blog more frequently over the next few days. We’ll keep these pages flying fast and furious.
Meanwhile, I will be holding court at the ACVR Building near Lowertown St. Paul for the St. Paul Art Crawl this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you know anyone in the area, encourage them to cross the river and visit the Old Town Artists and all the other artists in our building.