Your Name Here: By Tim Kerr, 88 pgs. By Mark Twistworthy

Sep 23, 2011

Your Name Here is a reprint of a book that was extremely limited in the first pressing, containing full-color reproductions of the selected works of Tim Kerr’s paintings. Tim, to provide a little background, is alumni of countless influential punk and garage bands (including Big Boys, Poison 13, Lord High Fixers, Jack O’Fire, and Monkeywrench, among others) and has moved on to inspire people in a new way: paint on a canvas, a piece of cardboard, or maybe even old schoolhouse maps on a spindle. With Tim’s art, the canvas is truly unimportant; the message within the art is the focus.

Looking at Tim’s art is more than just looking at paintings on a canvas. It’s like each image is a history lesson—images of important and inspirational individuals, often with textual comments on the canvas to act as ongoing social commentary, while simultaneously working hand in hand with the art itself. You can tell by the text, often written in first person as if Tim himself is telling a story, that the subjects covered are the things that inspire him the most.

Included in the book are many of his works of legendary early bluesmen, obscure free-jazz innovators, some of the original “old-timey” musicians, and inspirational civil rights activists. If by chance you don’t know who one of the subjects is when seeing his art, there is most likely some text included in the piece to assist you. This aspect of Tim’s art really allows the common non-art appreciating person (like myself) to really connect with the paintings. At least it has for me. I read a recent interview with Tim where he basically said he views his art as being no different than the message that his old band the Big Boys preached: “Now Go Start Your Own Band!” The only difference now is that Tim is using his art to inspire and turn people on to new things, be it old musicians or other influential people throughout history.

This book contains many reprints of his work, many more than what could possibly be shown in a single gallery or other medium. The quality of this book, from an “art-book” printing perspective, could have been better. The weak binding and non-glossy pages leave a bit to be desired for a book of this subject matter. Overlooking that small criticism, this book is a great way for both the person curious about Tim’s art as well as anyone familiar with his work to check out some of his current projects. Also included is a cassette featuring previously released songs by all of the bands Tim has played with over the past thirty-plus years. Absolutely recommended.  (Monofonus Press, monofonuspress.com)

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