show_your_bones.jpg

There is something very satisfying about an object that is tactile and, although this piece of art is not worth touching, the appearance of tactility is rich enough for me to need to reach out and grab the CD. (I imagine if this were hanging on a wall, I would standing way too close to it.)

The artist, Julian Gross, who might be the bloke in The Liars, but don’t take my word for it, has created something that appeals to my penchant for branding by creating that vertical “YYY” out of rough-hewn fabric. Perhaps being a little slow on the uptake, it took me some time to notice that he had “branded” and that, to me, is also very positive – that the cover art is not screaming “look at me, I’m a Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ CD”. Predictably, record executive types felt we consumers would not be able to connect the dots and the cover we see is emblazoned with a not unattractive script.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones

show_your_bones.jpg

There is something very satisfying about an object that is tactile and, although this piece of art is not worth touching, the appearance of tactility is rich enough for me to need to reach out and grab the CD. (I imagine if this were hanging on a wall, I would standing way too close to it.)

The artist, Julian Gross, who might be the bloke in The Liars, but don’t take my word for it, has created something that appeals to my penchant for branding by creating that vertical “YYY” out of rough-hewn fabric. Perhaps being a little slow on the uptake, it took me some time to notice that he had “branded” and that, to me, is also very positive – that the cover art is not screaming “look at me, I’m a Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ CD”. Predictably, record executive types felt we consumers would not be able to connect the dots and the cover we see is emblazoned with a not unattractive script.





8 Comments

  1. I thought it resembled a fabric rib cage.

  2. I think it’s both. Rib cage and YYY. But I saw rib cage first, the title seems too obvious to be YYY?

  3. I didn’t see the ribcage at all! I was concentrating more on the colours and what that (seemingly) terrible purple-red-yellow combination could mean. Possibly nothing?

  4. apparently it’s a detail of a giant flag
    -i’ve been looking around but i cant find a pic of what the bigger image looks like…they are weird colours tho’…

  5. A flag? Are you making that up?

  6. i would never lie to you about something so trivial – the guy you were talking about (the liars guy) made a big flag and this is apparently a small bit of it-…

  7. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs ran a competition for fans to design a flag that would be used either as the cover or in the artwork, they used nearly all of the entries that their fans sent in throughout the booklet:

    Is it true that the cover art for this album was created by a fan through a contest?

    Brian Chase: We had a contest, � but we decided to go with a design that was made by Julian [Gross] from the Liars. He came up with the pattern and constructed the flag himself. And the cover artwork is a picture of the detail artwork of that flag.

    Full interview here: http://www.prefixmag.com/features/Y/yeah-yeah-yeahs/393

  8. The canadian editions were produced without the text on the cover

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