Emek

Born a decade after the '60s, he was nevertheless influenced by '60s culture and counter-culture. Emek was raised in an environment that supported his crazy artistic aspirations as both his parents were artists, too. He grew up listening to their music, their ideals, and their divorce. Yet, he is also a product of his own "Who, Me?" generation.

Emek graduated with a Major in Art, and a Minor in Unemployment. His first poster commission was done immediately after the L.A. riots/uprising of 1992, for a unity rally and concert held on Martin Luther King Day. The poster was a success and from then on, Emek was hooked on the art form.

"I appreciate the flexibility this medium allows me because the bands generally give me total creative freedom (as long as I include the show info). I am allowed to dip into the recesses of my own imagination and see what spills out onto the page. I am my own art director so I can experiment with different concepts and styles to keep things fresh. Today's disposable culture paves the way for tomorrow's collectible nostalgia... I'm just trying to keep it interesting."

In Emek's posters, psychedelic '60s imagery collides with '90s post-industrial iconography. To this collision of the organic vs. the mechanical worlds he adds humor, social commentary and fantasy. Even in the smallest details there are messages. All of Emek's artwork is originally hand-drawn and then hand- silkscreened for each actual concert or event, usually in limited editions of around 300.


Posters and Handbills Featuring Emek

image
date
cat. no.
venue
artist
for sale
Kellogg Club 10/2/94
10/02/94
Original Poster
Odeon 1/28/95
01/28/95
Sold Out
Muisc Hall 3/14/95
03/14/95
Original Poster
Warner Theater 3/19/95
03/19/95
Original Poster
James A. Rhodes Arena 4/23/95
04/23/95
Sold Out
State Theatre, Detroit, MI 10/10/95
10/10/95
Sold Out
Sudsy Malones' 10/31/95
10/31/95
Original Poster
Saint Andrews Hall, Detroit MI 11/09/95
11/09/95
Sold Out
Various 1/1/96
01/01/96
Original Poster
Odeon 2/10/96
02/10/96
Original Poster
Mammoth Event Center, Denver, CO 8/11-15/98
08/11/98
Sold Out
67 Mission, Japan 1/1/99
01/01/99
Original Poster
CBGB’s, New York, NY 01/01/99
09/12/00
Original Poster
Amoeba Music, San Francisco,CA 11/17/02
11/17/02
Sold Out
Ridglea Theater, Fort Worth, TX 3/10/03
03/10/03
Sold Out
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