Josef Albers’ Homage to the Square (1957) is a series study of the illusionistic effects of color. Starting with the rigorous geometry of nested squares, Albers created these works by applying paint directly from the tube and spreading it onto the Masonite board with a palette knife.
The juxtaposed slabs of colors play off one another, as some squares seem to recede into space while others float into the foreground. Albers pursued this study of color and perception from 1950 until his death, producing nearly a thousand canvases in the series.
Julian Cope, Musician, author, musicologist and recognized authority on Neolithic culture was born on this day, October 21st, in 1957. I first became a huge fan of Julian as the lead vocalist for Liverpool-based post-punk band, The Teardrop Explodes and had the opportunity to see him perform as a solo artist many times back in the ’80s. His first autobiography — because there are a couple — Head On is also one of the most amazing rock biographies I’ve ever read. Learn more about what Julian is up to these days at This Link! Happy Birthday, Julian!
Bauhaus Bassist David J (Born David John Haskins) was born on this date, April 24th, in 1957. Haskins (who is the older brother of Kevin Haskins, the group’s drummer) wrote the lyrics to “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” Bauhaus’s first single, most famous, and most-licensed song. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” is over nine minutes long and was recorded “live in the studio” in a single take. Happy Birthday, David!
Go-Gos drummer Gina Schock was born on this day, August 31st, in 1957. Please enjoy reading my skull-crushingly fantastic interview with Gina from 2002, found at This Link. Happy Birthday, Drummer Lady!
The Damned Circa the Machine Gun Etiquette Tour, 1979
Rat Scabies (born Christopher Miller), former drummer for The Damned was born on this day, July 30th, in 1957. In other news, you can read my interview with The Damned’s Captain Sensible from 2001 at This Link!