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Portraits, will be the North-American debut for acclaimed French artist and illustrator So Me. This exhibition comprises a series of portraits done in So Me’s trademark style, incorporating the vibrant colours and tongue-in-cheek references which define his work as Art Director for Ed Banger Records. Like previous album-art designers such as Peter Saville and his relationship with Factory Records (Saville designed album art for Joy Division and New Order), So Me has found a way to make tangible albums relevant and worthwhile – a feat in today’s world of digital music distribution. So Me provides the artistic and visual identity which accompanies Ed Banger Records’ brand of music and culture that has recently experienced tremendous growth – largely via the internet. So Me’s work is often described as influenced by the iconic pop art of the 1960s, French comic books and graffiti, and contemporary iconography.
In addition to creating album art, So Me has explored other channels of media. He has created award-winning music videos for the likes of Kanye West, Justice, and DJ Mehdi, as well as prints, jewelry, and limited edition sets of t-shirts for H&M and Japanese clothing label Revolver. An aspiring comic book illustrator during his youth, the Paris-born So Me was influenced early on by skateboard culture, and was later affiliated with graffiti crews before gaining notoriety as a freelance magazine illustrator. He has worked for publications such as Collete, Arktip, Dazed, XLR8R, Clark Magazine, Sleazenation, and has created a Nike campaign for France.