Book Reviews: Mark Mothersbaugh "Myopia"
Merriam-Webster defines myopia as “a condition in which the visual images come to a focus in front of the retina of the eye resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects,” making this the perfect title for the brilliantly eclectic and prolific Mark Mothersbaugh’s new monograph. Legally blind until age seven when he got his first pair of glasses, Mothersbaugh started fashioning his own version of the world at the outset and has not stopped. Though best known as frontman for Devo (of “Whip It” fame), collaborating with filmmaker Wes Anderson, and building soundtracks for children’s shows like Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Yo Gabba Gabba! and Rugrats, Mothersbaugh is first and foremost a visual artist. This new catalog, accompanied by a traveling exhibit, offers us the pleasure of witnessing the many magic kingdoms that Mothersbaugh has created over the last 40 years. —Lalé Shafaghi
Originally published in the February, 2015 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.