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Classic Posters Interview With Mat Marello by Michael Erlewine

Classic Posters Interview With Mat Marello by Michael Erlewine

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These are articles on concert-music posters and poster collecting from the site ClassicPosters.com founded by award-winning archivist of popular culture Michael Erlewine who founded All-Music Guide, All-Movie Guide, Astrologyland.com and many other popular Internet sites. All articles copyright and written or produced by Michael Erlewine. Do visit ClassicPosters.com in its current incarnation.
These are articles on concert-music posters and poster collecting from the site ClassicPosters.com founded by award-winning archivist of popular culture Michael Erlewine who founded All-Music Guide, All-Movie Guide, Astrologyland.com and many other popular Internet sites. All articles copyright and written or produced by Michael Erlewine. Do visit ClassicPosters.com in its current incarnation.

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Classic Posters Interview with MatMarello by Michael Erlewine
Michael@Erlewine.netArtist Name: Matt MarelloBirth Date and Year: August 17, 1960Birth Place: Reading, PennsylvaniaMichael Erlewine: WHEN and HOW didyou get interested in art in general, andposters in particular?Matt Marello: One of my mother'searliest recollections of my interest in artis when I presented to her a series of"nude" drawings around the age of 6.She wanted to know where I found the"inspiration" for the drawings, and I toldher in "daddy's magazines" I found inthe garage. From that day forward I wasknow as "the artist," and always thoughtof myself as such because of it.Needless to say, the magazinesdisappeared, and I went out in search ofnew subjects.As an undergraduate student at thePhiladelphia College of Art, I becameparticularly interested in public art -street performances, happenings, etc.My senior thesis project was a series ofstreet posters, one new poster a weekfor 9 weeks "exhibited" on the streets ofPhiladelphia. They were child-likedrawings with sayings like "I cut meat fora living" and "My dog throws up beef." Itcreated a big stir because some left-wing radical wrote an essay in localpaper deriding the project, arguing thatstreet posters were traditionally a tool ofpolitical expression, and not a tool for"self-aggrandizement." Needless to say,the project became a hot topic andbrought me a great amount of attention.One day I was approached by a localclub entrepreneur, Chris Boas of theLove Club, wanting to know if I would beinterested in creating a series of postersfor his new club. Broke, I agreed, andthe rest, as they say, is history.Michael Erlewine: What kind of artinfluenced you?Matt Marello: That's a tough question. Iwas raised in a lower middle classfamily (my father was a truck driver), somy exposure to art while growing upwas very, very limited. I did, howevercollect "monster" magazines - Creepy,Eerie, Vampirella. I'm sure these had aninfluence on me. When I went off toschool, the exposure to art history sweptme up and thrashed me about for awhile - Dada, Abstract Expressionism,Pop - it all had a profound effect.Michael Erlewine: What concert-postersartists influenced you?Matt Marello: I suppose at the time I wasinfluence by the punk-posters that werecoming out of London, but not so much.They were a bit messy for me, a little tooaggressive. I've always gravitatedtoward things with a bit of humor.Michael Erlewine: What was your firstconcert-music poster (date, venue,bands)?Matt Marello: My first poster was ageneral announcement flyer for a newclub called "LOVE" at South and Broadin Philly. As the club evolved and startedto book bands, I began to do properconcert posters.Michael Erlewine: What are the mainvenues you have done posters for?Matt Marello: The Love Club, The EastSide Club, Ripley's, The Kennel Club -all in Philadelphia.Michael Erlewine: What are the mainbands you have done posters for?

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