ANDY GILL ANTI-HERO

18 inches by 24 inches
Edition of 400
August 4, 2020
$75

About

I have to admit that I was late to the party of cool people who understood the importance and brilliance of Gang of Four. I finally bought their debut album Entertainment in 2002, right before Gang of Four began to be recognized as an influence on bands like The Rapture, Radio 4, and Franz Ferdinand. Gang of Four are a great band musically with an excellent tension between funk, rhythm, and noise, but I was equally excited by their lyrics with many of their songs tackling subjects like consumption, capitalism, obsession with power, exploitation, narcissism, and class structure. I was lucky to see the Gang of Four original line-up live several times in the early to mid 2000’s and they sounded tight and powerful every time. I was very happy when I was asked to design the sleeve for a Gang of Four remix 7” in 2005. In 2012 I made my “Not Great Men” print which was inspired by the Gang of Four song of the same name from their album Entertainment. I like to think that art and music are the rare zones where pleasure and intellectual provocation can co-exist powerfully. Gang of Four exemplifies that idea and is a constant source of inspiration for me… thanks for the tunes and ideas… you will be missed deeply, Andy Gill!