Normal History Vol. 565: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

There is a sense that as creators we should let go of work that isn’t successful right out of the box and move on to creating new work. We can pin our hopes on the next batch of songs, but most artists cannot financially afford to be releasing a near-constant stream of new work to keep their names in that narrow, time-sensitive window of potential viability. In many instances, worthy and even important work—and artists—are pushed into the past to reduce, invalidate and otherwise obscure gains made on many different fronts. Rights, freedoms, major issues.

“Museum Of Open Windows” from Flood Plain (K, 1993) (download):