TALK SHOW WITH HARPER SIMON | EPISODE 17
On-Air Germs Burn and Grammy Album Covers with Award-Winning Artist Brian Roettinger
Brian Roettinger is a Los Angeles-based artist and graphic designer. The majority of his work is in the form of printed media (books and ephemera) for cultural institutions, artists, and architects. He has gained notoriety for his music packaging and album covers, most notably with bands: No Age, St. Vincent, and Childish Gambino. He recently art directed Mark Ronson’s album Uptown Special and Jay Z’s 2013 Magna Carta Holy Grail album and campaign. He currently acts as the creative director for LA based fashion magazine JUNK whose diverse content bridges the divide between fashion, art, music, design and concept.Roettinger was chosen as Rolling Stone’s Album Designer of the Year (2009) and was nominated for an Album Packaging Grammy for No Age,Nouns (2010), and Jay Z, Maga Carta Holy Grail (2013). As an artist, Roettinger has managed to find a unique take on the mediums of art and design that blend high-concept thinking with a strong D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) ethos. He has contributed paintings to be used by Hedi Slimane directed fashion brand Saint Laurent as textiles, T-Shirts and graphic branding. Bringing a sense of sophistication to an underground aesthetic in a distinctly honest application is testament to Roettinger’s creative character as a whole and something to be fiercely applauded. His work has been exhibited at Colette in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic, and at the now defunct Hope Gallery in Los Angeles.
Award winning artist Brian Roettinger talks about creating Grammy album covers for Jay Z’s Magna Carta, his background in punk rock, and his work with the St. Laurent fashion label. We look at the music industry and art world, and Roettinger gets a Germs Burn as a testament to his punk rock dedication to the Germs. It is an unorthodox conversation with the design visionary on Talk Show, hosted by Harper Simon.