For the month of June, the Musicquarium walls will be bombed with silk-screen gig posters and art prints by Powerslide Design Co., the brainchild of Seattle-based graphic designer Mike Klay. Join us for happy hour eats and drinks at the First Friday Art Opening w/ Mike Klay event, with live music from Smoke and Honey, on June 1st from 5-7pm.
Watch Mike in action:
Mike Klay's collection of silk screen-printed posters evoke the beauty of nature and the energy of music with sleek patterns, rough textures and simple, yet crisp, vector shapes. We sat down with the graphic artist himself to get an idea of the imagination behind such visual brilliance.
The Triple Door: What's the first art piece you can remember creating as a child?
Mike Klay: Drawings of ninjas. Lots and lots of ninjas. On rooftops.
TD: If your art had a sound, what would it be?
MK: A deep beat with a catchy hook. Upbeat and definitely head-nod-able.
TD: Do you have a favorite color?
MK: Green and all shades of it.
TD: If you could have a drink with any visual artist, living or dead, who would it be? What would you ask him/her?
MK: I've always been fascinated with how things work, I guess I would have to sip some wine with Leonardo Da Vinci. Not only being the greatest artist of all time, he had such an inventive imagination that getting to even speak with him would blow my mind.
TD: What is your favorite historical art movement?
MK: The Renaissance for sure. The time of rebirth and new ideas would have been so cool to be a part of. Printing was also invented during the time which is most likely why it's my favorite. Mass producing the same image or text by hand just makes me feel that much closer to this era.
TD: Where do you find inspiration for most of you designs?
MK: I find inspiration everywhere. Mostly outdoors though. I guess you could call me "outdoorsy" as cliche as that sounds, I love to get out and camp, snowboard, bike ride, etc. Most recently my son has provided quite a bit of inspiration for some art prints of construction trucks and trains.
TD: What are some of your other artistic outlets?
MK: Every one in a while I'll pull out the paint brushes and have fun on canvas, but I'm no good at it. I just sculpted and assembled a mini alpine village in z scale for a model railroad. That was very time consuming and detail oriented but the final product turned out great.
TD: You've designed silk screen gig posters for tons of bands, including: M83, Death Cab for Cutie, Broken Bells, The Cars, Ratatat, Ghostland Observatory, to name a few. What band would you kill to design a poster for?
MK: Quicksand, circa 1995 or The Prodigy.
TD: Who's work is hanging on your walls?
MK: Duane Armstrong, Daniel Danger and Aaron Horkey
Powerslide Design Co. gig posters and hand pulled screen prints are available for purchase for the month of June in the Musicquarium. It's time to snatch em up!