On asking designer, visual artist, musician, and Destruction Unit guitarist JS Aurelius how he gravitated towards design he explains: “I’m not sure how it’s possible for anyone to pinpoint when or how they got into design…That’s like trying to ask someone how they got into speaking.”
JS’ many poster designs display a creative who works intuitively. “Conventional methods of communication have always failed me, so I naturally found comfort in more creative ways of relating to and communicating with the world.” As a result, JS works across disciplines but still doesn’t “think of myself as an artist,” he says. “I am just a person cultivating languages that aid in my pursuit of a new human perspective…to find an entirely new humanism. So in that way I am not concerned with being original, or having a style, or having an artistic identity. No one stands alone in their accomplishments. I really stress the importance of community and collaboration.”
The designer’s own community includes artist collaborators Ascetic House Collective and his management Back Channel Group, who have “introduced me to a world of possibilities I didn’t even know existed,” he says. His design works display a contemporary eye with an interest in an iconic back catalogue. The aesthetics of his poster designs are reminiscent of the Xerox-printed grain on older punk posters or issues of Maximum RockNRoll. Yet, by using hints of colourful typography or collage work, JS makes them his own.
In being so open to collaboration, there are numerous contemporary artists and designers JS gains inspiration from. The multi-disciplinary artist has worked with designer Collin Fletcher recently, and names designers Lane Stewart, James Roemer, Hassan Rahim, Braulio Amado and many more as contemporary he enjoys the work of. “I count myself lucky to call so many brilliant people as contemporaries, friends and collaborators.”
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