MondoCon 2015: Words x Photographs

 

 

In 1910 Hans Sachs founded ‘Das Plakat‘ (‘The Poster‘) — a quarterly magazine with the chief concern of chronicling posters for collecting and academic purposes. At the time Sachs held over 12,000 posters in his private collection. His collection would later be confiscated by the Nazis and Sachs would flee Germany, leaving the legal battle for the return of his art collection to his later generations.

For those in the world without the compulsion to buy and seek out posters, or art in general, this brief story of Sachs is odd. Why did he have so many pieces of printed paper? Why was this accomplished man (a successful dentist) starting a poster magazine? Can Sachs be tossed off with a simple label? Hoarder. Obsessive compulsive. A completist. I don’t know the answer, but I do understand where Sachs was coming from. There is an internal thrill to a beautifully printed piece of paper. The deft flow of line work, of composition. You tell yourself, ‘I don’t need any more posters,’ yet you want it. An impractical impulse. My own collection may only tip into the hundreds, but that compulsion is real. I just prefer to call it an ‘appreciation.’

For only the second year the boutique poster gallery Mondo curated their own convention, MondoCon, in their hometown of Austin, Texas. The event brought in artists from all over the world plus collectors from just as far. For an event that did not open its doors until Saturday at 10AM, there were lines already formed outside of the Marchesa Theater on Thursday — fans wanting to ensure they were able to pick up the limited edition posters and original artwork available from their favorite artists.

MondoCon weekend was my tenth or so trip to Austin for a Mondo event and this time I brought along photographer Holly Burnham, who I had used to shoot the reference photos for the Evil Tender Presents: In Reference gallery exhibit done in early 2015. She is an enthusiastic observer and it shows in her work.

We were unsuccessful in photographing every artist and every release at MondoCon, and that is a shame but it also wasn’t the goal. Unlike Sachs’ ‘Das Plakat‘ our work wasn’t strictly for academic purposes. What follows below is our attempt to highlight the artists — give respect to the people that create the art worth collecting. Worth living with. Art that inspires.

 

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Mike Mitchell | photo by Holly Burnham

Mike Mitchell | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Mike Mitchell | photo by Holly Burnham

Mike Mitchell | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Mike Mitchell | photo by Holly Burnham

Mike Mitchell | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Jock | photo by Holly Burnham

Jock | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Jock | photo by Holly Burnham

Jock | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Jock | photo by Holly Burnham

Jock | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Jock | photo by Holly Burnham

Jock | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Oliver Barrett | photo by Holly Burnham

Oliver Barrett | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Dan Black and Jes Seamans of Landland | photo by Holly Burnham

Dan Black and Jes Seamans of Landland | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Fiona Beckett | photo by Holly Burnham

Fiona Beckett | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Ken Taylor | photo by Holly Burnham

Ken Taylor | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Justin Brookhart, Mondo Vice President of Operations | photo by Holly Burnham

Justin Brookhart, Mondo Vice President of Operations | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Justin Brookhart & Sonny Day | photo by Holly Burnham

Justin Brookhart & Sonny Day | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Justin Brookhart & Kevin Tong | photo by Holly Burnham

Justin Brookhart & Kevin Tong | photo by Holly Burnham

 

 

Brandon Holt | photo by Holly Burnham

Brandon Holt | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Brandon Holt | photo by Holly Burnham

Brandon Holt | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Richey Beckett | photo by Holly Burnham

Richey Beckett | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Aaron Horkey | photo by Holly Burnham

Aaron Horkey | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney of We Buy Your Kids | photo by Holly Burnham

Sonny Day and Biddy Maroney of We Buy Your Kids | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Sonny Day (R), Kevin Tong (C), and Biddy Maroney (L) | photo by Holly Burnham

Sonny Day (R), Kevin Tong (C), and Biddy Maroney (L) | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Kevin Tong and Sonny Day | photo by Holly Burnham

Kevin Tong and Sonny Day | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Mitch Putnam, Mondo Co-Founder, Creative Director | photo by Holly Burnham

Mitch Putnam, Mondo Co-Founder, Creative Director | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Eric Garza, Mondo Head of Creative Production | photo by Holly Burnham

Eric Garza, Mondo Head of Creative Production | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Mike Mitchell & Matthew Mitchell | photo by Holly Burnham

Mike Mitchell & Matthew Mitchell | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Sam Wolfe Connelly | photo by Holly Burnham

Sam Wolfe Connelly | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Sam Wolfe Connelly | photo by Holly Burnham

Sam Wolfe Connelly | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Randy Ortiz | photo by Holly Burnham

Randy Ortiz | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Todd Slater & Randy Ortiz | photo by Holly Burnham

Todd Slater & Randy Ortiz | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Todd Slater | photo by Holly Burnham

Todd Slater | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Rob Jones, Mondo Co-Founder, Creative Director | photo by Holly Burnham

Rob Jones, Mondo Co-Founder, Creative Director | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Justin Brookhart (L), Mary Rose Wiley Mondo Brand Marketing Manager (C), and Eric Garza | photo by Holly Burnham

Justin Brookhart (L), Mary Rose Wiley Mondo Brand Marketing Manager (C), and Eric Garza | photo by Holly Burnham

 

| photo by Holly Burnham |

| photo by Holly Burnham |

 

| photo by Holly Burnham |

| photo by Holly Burnham |

 

| photo by Holly Burnham |

| photo by Holly Burnham |

 

Justin Erickson and Paige Reynolds of Phantom City Creative with their 'Superman' vinyl | photo by Holly Burnham

Justin Erickson and Paige Reynolds of Phantom City Creative with their ‘Superman’ vinyl | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Jock at his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Jock at his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Rob Jones at his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Rob Jones at his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Mike Mitchell works his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Mike Mitchell works his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Kevin Tong prepares his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Kevin Tong prepares his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Oliver Barrett prepares his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

Oliver Barrett prepares his booth | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Gary Pullin (L), Thomas Hodge (C), and Todd Slater (R) | photo by Holly Burnham

Gary Pullin (L), Thomas Hodge (C), and Todd Slater (R) | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Richey Beckett | by Holly Burnham

Richey Beckett | by Holly Burnham

 

Sam Wolfe Connelly working on his mural | photo by Holly Burnham

Sam Wolfe Connelly working on his mural | photo by Holly Burnham

 

Sam Wolfe Connelly working on his mural | photo by Holly Burnham

Sam Wolfe Connelly working on his mural | photo by Holly Burnham

 

A more in depth review with additional photographs from Holly Burnham was published by HOW Design — MondoCon in Review: Celebrating Boutique Poster Design

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