Gallery5 and Rorschach Records present: Self-Titled

Poster design by: Bizhan Khodabandeh

Gallery5 and Rorschach Records present: Self-Titled

Gallery5 and Rorschach Records Presents the Public Opening Reception of:


Exhibition on display from September 3 - October 15th

“SELF TITLED” includes original artwork that has been featured on the covers of independently produced LP, CD, and 7” albums. The exhibition assembles a progressive group of artists, many of which are musicians in the bands represented. At first glance, this work may serve only as an informal greeting, or a mere introduction to unindulged content. However, these covers also reflect a powerful social narrative in which recorded sound and visual component become mutual surrogates, transcending advertisement and promotional obligation. As MP3 platforms become ever more prominent, this work reinforces the importance of physical ownership, embodying the autonomous mission of small labels and independent musicians. Whether you are browsing Raymond Pettibond’s work for SST, or looking over the more contemporary visuals of John Baizley (Baroness, Torche), these images elevate our understanding of music and determine how we visualize the masterworks of each generation.

Featuring original cover art from:

Homemade Knives
City of Caterpillar
Stop It
The Catalyst
Twelve Hour Turn
Ghastly City Sleep
Screaming Females
Pink Razors

Featuring Art by:
Sean Mahan
Laura Pleasants
Ryan McLennan
Brandon Evans
Erin Tobey
Jim Callahan
Elizabeth Childress
Marissa Paternoster
Adam Juresko


New Work: Elementary School DJ Night and Self-Defense Academy Flyers

Illustration and design are all by Bizhan Khodabandeh

Flyer and detail for Richmond BJJ Self-Defense Academy.

Front and back of hand bill design for Richmond BJJ Self-Defense Academy.

Flyer for Richmond BJJ Self-Defense Academy.

Poster designed for a children's music event at Gallery5. No, that is not Comic Sans. It is a typeface based on the handwriting of Jim Davis, creator of Garfield.


210 posters that actually say something!

I was published in this book last year, but wasn't aware of it until one of my ARGS students, Kevin Zweerink, pointed it out. All the posters take up a full page in the catalogue. Each artist statement is included with a picture of the designer. My copy came with a sticker stating "210 posters that actually say something." The statement made me smile and I hope the book makes you smile too. All of the work is incredibly impressive.

Info taken from the Good50X70 site

Good50×70 2009 Book is out, and it is GOOD indeed!

The 2009 catalogue is now available for purchase at major online bookstores and, of course on bispublishers.nl

The catalogue collects the 210 best responses to seven briefs on seven critical global issues and it includes the comments of the jury members.

Offset printed by Bis Publisher.
288 colour pages on FSC paper, 24,5 x 17,5 cm paperback.

Inpiration, art, cool stuff, etc #33

Softwar from Moustache on Vimeo.

Where is my vote? article on poster project dealing with Iranian election protests.

UNF---K THE GULF interesting campaign to combat the BP Oil spill. Don't think I have to pint out that there will be a lot of profanity in the ad. Viewer discretion is advised.

The Story of Cosmetics - Free Range Studios does it again with this interesting video.


Inspiration, Art, Cool Stuff, Etc #32

"If I Ride" bicycle poem to encourage people to sign the People For Bikes pledge.

Amnesty International uses Matyroshka dolls to say "We must not let Russia's charm hide its atrocities."

The Great Oil Leak - is a poster project where proceeds benefit fisherman in the gulf.

Signal 01 - first of an interesting book series documenting compelling graphics, art projects, and cultural movements of international resistance and liberation struggles.

Interview with Emeka Okafor, founder of Maker Faire Africa.

Humanity Design vs Design Imperialism

US Marine Corps Combat Art - interesting project documenting art work by USMC on combat.

Data graphic on unaccounted for funds for the war on Iraq

Inside the Glen Beck Goldline Scheme

Afghanistan War Loges Revealed and Mapped


1708's Monster Draw Rally

Image by Mark Luetke

I will be drawing at this event between 5 and 6PM


Monster Drawing Rally is a performance, a happening, a bonanza, a rollicking good time of art making, kid activities, food and drinks! The event will consist of 5 one-hour shifts with several artists working simultaneously per hour. Audiences will have the rare opportunity to watch art come to life and purchase complete works on paper for $65 each from more than 60 artists.

August 28th 2-7PM

At 1708 Gallery
319 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA

ADMISSION: $5 donation. Kids (12 and under) are free

Boka... Truck Takos (bokatruck.com) will be available for purchase. Cash bar.

Proceeds support the programs and exhibitions of 1708 Gallery, a non-profit space for new art.

Hope to see you there!


Strassen Kunst Opening This Month

STRASSENKUNST: an international exhibition of work inspired by graffiti.

I (Bizhan Khodabandeh) am one of 58 artists that have been selected by juror Martin McFadden, LRPS, Director and Curator, at 12 12 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

This international exhibition will feature works from across the US, Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, Israel, and Hungary.

Opens at artspace on Friday, August 27th.

artspace is located at Plant Zero

Zero East 4th St.
Richmond, VA 23224

Images of finalists.

Link to my piece.

See you then!