Lawndale, CA: SST Records, 1980. (11 x 8 ½ in.) Offset flyer. Item #ANT846
Flyer produced for a show with Black Flag, the Cheifs, Skrewz, Vicious Circle, and the Descendents (misspelled as “Decendents”) on April 11th, 1980 at the Fleetwood in Redondo Beach, CA. Pettibon credits himself as “The Man Behind Your Back” on the flyer. This copy is on orange paper stock although other versions exist.
Having emerged from the Southern California DIY culture and its punk-rock sensibility, Raymond Pettibon fuses together youthful edginess and political engagement. Drawing from disparate cultural sources—from Marcel Proust to the Bible—the artist’s cartoon-inspired ink drawings on unframed paper recall the look of fanzines and concert flyers, however with an often cryptic semblance of narrative. More recently, Pettibon’s works have been a sustained critique of the Iraq War and American foreign policy, such as No Title ("Why press him?") (2007), which depicts George W. Bush with bloodied hands and surrounded by pointed, ironic commentary. Pettibon was a recipient of the Whitney's Bucksbaum award in 2004.
American, b. 1957, Tucson, Arizona, based in Hermosa Beach, California.