Normal History Vol. 604: 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.

One area of interest that I’ve put forward in the recent interviews (NYT and CBC Radio) about my $100 USD paintings and the artist residency I intend to open, is how these projects connect with Mecca Normal’s D.I.Y. past and our overarching political nature.

I was really happy this quote made it into the web version of CBC Radio story:

“It’s a continuation of Fugazi shows being $5, or Beat Happening always playing all-ages shows. And those were things to ponder: Why would they do that? Why wouldn’t they put their prices up? Why wouldn’t they want a bigger audience and play for other people? Well, those are political decisions to create art for the accessibility aspect.”

Don’t Look In The Mirror” from Janis Zeppelin (Smarten Up!, 2003) (download):