red flapper by mike mills

by Grace Bonney

I was first introduced to Mike Mills’ artwork on the cover of Wild Flag’s debut album. To me, it was an unexpected choice for a cover, and I kept looking into it to figure out what the connection was and who created the piece. I was surprised to find out that it was filmmaker (and Miranda July’s husband) Mike Mills. I’m a fan of Mills’ movies but had never seen his artwork. I love the way he uses bright colors, and this poster, part of a new series Mills did with LA’s epically amazing Commune design studio, is a great example. This piece, titled Red Flapper, would be gorgeous against a neutral wall. I love putting bright colors like this against gray whenever possible — a warm pale gray really lets saturated pinks and reds shine. Click here to read more about the series and here to purchase the prints. xo, grace

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  • Wow, that burns out my cornea a bit. I can’t stop seeing a monkey head. I like the description on Commune site “…They were made for the women who drank, smoked and lost their way with a self-conscious fervor that we are still exploring/suffering from today.”

    Sounds like me :) except for the smoking part. Thanks for the share.

  • A recommendable documentary with Mills included among other artists of his genre and generation is “Beautiful Losers.”
    As I clicked on links and scrolled through this post, the image of the art became inadvertently “selected” which changed it from fuchsia and grey to peach and green. I did a double take, thinking the image was changing on its own, but then realized what was going on and “huh, cool.”

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