For almost four decades, Homer Flynn has been the Art Director and visual driving force behind The Residents — the iconic avant garde musical group who, since the early 1970s, have released over 60 albums, numerous music videos and multi-media projects including a CD-ROM, and whose members have, for nearly forty years, remained completely anonymous.
Homer was brought on by the band to help craft their aesthetic, and he has done just that through a combination of surreal collage, subversive pastiche of popular culture, and what has become the group’s iconic image: a giant eyeball wearing a top-hat.
In the album covers, promotional posters, illustrations and drawings created for the Residents, Homer has created a unique folklore around the band, one that explores the dark and ironic sides of capitalism, Americana, and the music industry.
In addition to handling the visuals for The Residents, Homer also heads the band’s business arm, the Cryptic Corporation.
For the first time in the US, Homer has a large show of his work which is up now at Johansson Projects in Oakland. The show surveys his work with the Residents as well as never before seen personal work curated by his daughter, artist Jana Flynn.
Homer spoke with me recently from his home in San Francisco about what it was like to show his work and his history with the Residents.
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