A few weeks back, I was lucky enough to track down a copy of the show edition of Aaron’s 2007 ISIS print. As mentioned in the original post, the print is marked “RMSE” which is rumored to stand for really messy show edition. I’ve included a number of comparison shots against the red and whitewash editions for your inspection. To be honest, I can’t really spot the “mess” - it looks pretty great to me.
The epic collaboration album between Sunn O))) and Boris received some spectacular packaging. The jacket is actually a book featuring photos of the bands, as well as artwork by Aaron and Fangsanalsatan. Aaron contributed the tree/druid image on the cover in addition to the thistle image on the last page (also partially seen on the back cover). Both of these images were featured on earlier Sunn O))) prints that I’m still trying to track down. The album was produced in a number of different colors - pictured here is the purple edition.
This is my first skateboard with an Aaron Horkey graphic, and I have to say that I’ve really been missing out. The illustration and printing are top notch - I’m really digging this one. It was available in a number of other colors (purple, black, and copper) and looks fantastic in person. I believe that the design is Aaron’s tribute to a classic Powell Peralta Lance Mountain deck, as seen here.
NFS Showcard - August 2005
As seen on the cover of the Jack Spaar record, Aaron’s “No More Noir” painting was also used to promote his NFS show at BLK/MRKT’s in Culver City. Pictured above is one of the showcards from the event. Aaron also contributed an awesome text treatment on the back of the card. While BLK/MRKT’s gallery space is now closed, their site contains a glowing quote from David Choe about the show. Well worth a read if you get a chance.
LandLocked Magazine - June 2013
LandLocked is a local publication based in Mankato, MN. Their June 2013 issue features Aaron’s artwork on the front and back cover, as well as a lengthy interview. The cover image is taken from Aaron’s illustration for Old Towne Ghosts’ “The Old Ones Are and Forever Shall Be” album with the addition of new “Landlocked” lettering. The back of the publication features an image from The Siren/Graveyard.
If you’re interested, take a minute to check out the issue and read the interview with Aaron. It’s got some great teases (including news that a show is planned for Fall 2015) and gives you a little more insight into Aaron’s personality. The issue is available for download here. If you’re interesting in reading more interviews with Aaron, check out my links section.
Catalyst Show Graphic - Showcard, Program, and Zine - September 2008
FIFTY24SF Gallery enlisted Aaron to design the show graphic for their “Catalyst” show featuring Aaron Turner, Josh Graham, Florian Bertmer, Justin Bartlett, Seldon Hunt, Stephen Kasner, Dwid Hellion and Aaron himself. The graphic was used on the showcard, screenprinted program (gray cover), zine (in orange) and t-shirts. The exhibition looks like it featured a ton of awesome artwork, including the release of Aaron’s Detritus.
Aaron followed up his Hang Your Cross cover with this incredible effort on Hope Con’s next full-length album. The Hope Con lettering appears to be carried over, but the skull illustration, bomb crest, and record center label are all new. The detail throughout is astounding as usual, but the skull is particularly jaw-dropping. Certainly one of the most sinister images in Aaron’s entire catalog. My photos show the 1st pressing with clear/gold marbled vinyl, but there are a number of other versions out there.
Magpies or More Modern Vulgarities Showcard - May 2005 (with Todd Bratrud)
This is the showcard from Aaron’s two-man show with Todd Bratrud at Gallery 1988 back in 2005. The front features a collaborative painting by both artists, while the back features some of Aaron’s lovely hand-lettering with all of the show’s information.
Besides the fact that the show is listed on Gallery 1988’s page, I haven’t been able to turn about any more details about the event. I’d guess this is where the Flight of the Black Osprey print was released (based on the date), but I’d love to know what other pieces were available.
I’m going to try and spread the Aaron Horkey stuff out but even so there’s a lot to get through. This is Black Osprey 507 on wood. I had the paper version of this print for a long time and was happy with that but when I finally got the wood version it just looked so much better. Originally this was planned to be the first in a series of Generica branded prints on wood but it was the only one ever released.
Hey Horkey fans. I wanted to introduce you to my friend and fellow Horkey enthusiast lastheathen. He’s got an awesome art collection filled with amazing work by Aaron and many others. I strongly encourage you to check out his page and give him a follow.