In conjunction with the release of American filmmaker and visual artist Mike Mills' issue 18 of THE THING Quarterly, we created an edition of silkscreened posters signed by the artist. Entitled “The Fabric of Events,” the issue is a minimalist nod to the punk rock aesthetic of the 70’s and 80’s and serves as both a 2013 pocket calendar and a brief survey of culturally relevant historical events from the last two centuries, from the invention of the telegraph in 1844 to Kurt Cobain’s first childhood poem in 1976.
Designed by Mike and printed in Oakland by silkscreener Paul Morgan, the poster’s imagery was taken from “The Fabric of Events” and features a google-sourced image of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan in 1981.
- MIKE MILLS
Mike Mills works as a filmmaker, graphic designer and artist. As a filmmaker, Mike has completed a number of music videos, commercials, short films, documentaries, and the feature films Thumbsucker (2005) and Beginners (2011). The Architecture of Reassurance (1999), a short film he wrote and directed, was in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Oberhausen short film festival, and The New York Museum of Modern Art's New Directors New Films.
Working in an art context, Mills has had solo exhibitions at Alleged Gallery in New York (1995-2001), Gallery Colette in Paris (1999), MU Museum in the Netherlands (2004), and Pool Gallery in Berlin (2009). He has participated in group shows at Galleria Marella in Milan (2008), and Partners & Spade in NYC (2009), and was included in the traveling exhibit Beautiful Losers (2004-2009) which toured places including the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco and the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati. In 2012, Mills took part in Transmissions LA: AV Club – Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and he participated in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Project Los Altos in 2013.
More of his work can be seen here