It’s Day 317 and I am very excited about today’s artist and piece. Devo has always been one of my favorite bands and I love Mark Mothersbaugh. Join me in honoring his artwork today!
Mark Allen Mothersbaugh (/ˈmʌðərzbɔː/; born May 18, 1950) is an American musician, composer, singer and painter. He is a co-founder of the new wave band Devo and has been its lead singer since 1972. His other musical projects include work for television series, films, and video games.
Mothersbaugh attended Kent State as an art student, where he met Devo co-founders Jerry Casale and Bob Lewis. In early 1970, Lewis and Casale formed the idea of the “devolution” of the human race; Mothersbaugh, intrigued by the concept, joined them, building upon it with elements of early poststructuralist ideas and oddball arcana, most notably unearthing the infamous Jocko-Homo Heavenbound pamphlet (the basis for the song Jocko Homo). This culminated in 1973, when the trio started to play music as Devo.
Since Devo, Mothersbaugh has developed a successful career writing musical scores for film and television. In
film, he has worked frequently with filmmaker Wes Anderson, scoring half of his feature films (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,) and The Lego Movie .
His music has been a staple of the children’s television shows Rugrats, Beakman’s World, Santo Bugito and Clifford the Big Red Dog. He also wrote the new theme song for the original Felix the Cat show when it was sold to Broadway Video, some music for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse in 1990 and the theme song for the Super Mario World TV series for DiC Entertainment in 1991.
On February 6, 2014 The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) announced a retrospective exhibition that will bring together the first comprehensive presentation of Mothersbaugh’s art and music to
date, from the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. This nationally touring exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, published by Princeton Architectural Press.
In November, 2014 Mothersbaugh said to an interviewer, “I’ve done over 150 art gallery shows in the last 20 years.”
The character design for Chuckie Finster on Rugrats was based on him.
Mothersbaugh and Casale have also produced much of Toni Basil’s music.
Mothersbaugh is also known for his music in video games including Sony’s Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter series, and EA Games’ The Sims 2. This work is often performed with Mutato Muzika, the music production company he formed with several other former members of Devo including his brother, Bob Mothersbaugh.
Mothersbaugh composed “Having Trouble Sneezing”, the distinctive music heard in the award-winning “Get a Mac” commercials for Apple Inc.
He composed the score for the first season of the television series Big Love but was replaced after one season by David Byrne of Talking Heads. Mothersbaugh also composed the theme music for the American television show Eureka, broadcast on the SyFy channel. He also currently composes the score of the Cartoon Network’s TV series Regular Show.
In regard to on-camera work, Mothersbaugh hosts a drawing segment on the Nick Jr television series Yo Gabba
Gabba! called Mark’s Magic Pictures, teaching children how to draw simple pictures that often come alive at the end of the segment. In 2013, he appeared on an episode of The Aquabats! Super Show!, an action-comedy series by the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba! starring the Devo-influenced band The Aquabats, playing the eccentric scientist father of one of the main characters, Jimmy the Robot.
At the age of seven, he was taken to the optometrist, where he obtained his first pair of glasses and saw the world properly for the first time. He designs his own distinctive eyewear and they are made for him by a Los Angeles, California shop called LA Eyeworks.
Mark Mothersbaugh was honored with the prestigious Richard Kirk award at the 2004 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.
On May 10, 2008, Mothersbaugh was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Kent State University.
Mark is a collector and connoisseur of song poems.
I hope you enjoy my tribute today! I did a painting and not a rug, but that’s okay! 😉 I will see you tomorrow on Day 318.