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“Misophonia” book by Jesse Draxler to be released on Sacred Bones Records

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Brooklyn based label Sacred Bones Records announces the first book by Jesse Draxler. Already available for preorder, the book will be a 200-page collection of Jesse’s work throughout his career to date.

Jesse Draxler, Misophonia, book, art book, dark, obscure, Sacred Boones Records

Titled “Misophonia”, the book will incorporate the varius styles used by the artist and will be available in two editions; a soft cover version and a hard cover version (cloth bound, embossed and with dust jacket, limited to 100 copies).

I already preordered my copy, and I think you shuld book yours too: https://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/collections/frontpage/products/sbb006-jesse-draxler-misophonia

Jesse Draxler, Misophonia, book, art book, dark, obscure, Sacred Boones Records

To celebrate the release of the book (release date is set to June the 1st), Sacred Bones is also releasing two art prints, both numbered to 25 copies and signed by the artist. Available for purchase here: https://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/products/20-x-26-art-print-limited-edition-of-25

Jesse Draxler, Misophonia, book, art book, dark, obscure, Sacred Boones RecordsJesse Draxler, Misophonia, book, art book, dark, obscure, Sacred Boones Records

From the release page on Sacredbones page:

“His ability to harness and reveal vulnerability, tension, anxiety and heaviness is unbounded as he confronts both what we repress and what we reveal.”—Vice  Magazine

Jesse Draxler has been exhibiting his black-scale canvases and moon-sick reality-collages both nationally and internationally since 2012. He is privately collected around the world and his most recent solo exhibition “Tire Fire” took place in September of 2017 at Booth Gallery in New York. As an illustrator his client list includes The New York Times, McQ Alexander McQueen, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, among others. He is also an active member of his music community and has created work for musicians like Zola Jesus and Chelsea Wolf and designed an album cover for Prince.

Born to a family of mechanics, Draxler grew up in rural Wisconsin, and as a child dedicated hours to illustrative studies of cars, trucks and engine parts. Later in adolescence, an equally obsessive relationship with music and sound developed that would ultimately influence his extension-of-self craft. “Music has always played a major role in my life and thus it plays a major role in my work. Music can be a medium for setting the tone to work within, or to trigger the emotions to express through the work.”

Through uninhibited prolificity, Draxler speaks to shaded worlds of confusion – exploring the nameless grey areas that exist between uncertainty and absurdity, fear and surrender. Within this space, obscuring overlays and allusive markings source their strength from darkness, and offer both voids and questions – making the false real, and the real unbelievable with a subtle sense of violence and vulnerability. Although masked, Draxler’s presence runs through a body of work that lives and breathes – searching for what is hidden under sheets of repressed subconscious, and confronting the heaviness of what lies within.

Fraktur mon amour

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If you are not involved in typography you probably never heard the term Fraktur.
Being a lover of dark things though, you probably read a lot of Cds or books titles printed in gothic fonts; that kind of fonts are actually called Blackletter or Fraktur.
They were commonly used in Europe during the Middle Ages (the name Dark Ages suits better on this blog) until the end of Reinassance when Latin Antiqua took over.

In recent years there has been a return of Fraktur, it is often used for several mainstream publications and products.
Being such an obscure, ancient type family, Blackletter is excellent for goth-related designs and products and althought I don’t use it often on my works, I truly love it.
Therefore, when I read online about “Fraktur mon amour”, a book by  Berlin-based graphic designer Judith Schalanksy, I bought it immediately.

The book, resembling someway a Bible with fake leather cover and stylish pink page borders, is a collection of 300 variations of Blackletter fonts including historical fonts as well as contemporary reinterpretations. Each font is presented on two pages, the first one featuring a wonderful pattern design created with some letters of the font, the second one displaying the full alphabet plus details of the designer, date of origin and foundry.

Included with the book you’ll find a CD Rom with a selection of 137 font for free personal use.

Please check some pictures from the book here, if you like it be sure to buy your copy now, It will probably become a cult book soon.

 

Fraktur mon amour, blackletter, type, font, obscure, goth, typography, book

 

Fraktur mon amour, blackletter, type, font, obscure, goth, typography

 

Fraktur mon amour, blackletter, type, font, obscure, goth, typography

 

Fraktur mon amour, blackletter, type, font, obscure, goth, typography

 

Fraktur mon amour, blackletter, type, font, obscure, goth, typography

 

Fraktur mon amour, blackletter, type, font, obscure, goth, typography

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