Derek Hess’ Summer Flowers

We welcome back Derek Hess as he joins us for his latest release, Playboy Flowers, these prints capture the seduction of flowers along with the added Playboy covers. To find out more about Hess, be sure to check out Forced Perspective, a documentary by filmmaker Nick Cavalier completed earlier this year. The 1xRUN and Inner State alum was in Detroit filming several scenes for the movie prior to Hess’ solo exhibition Critical Infrastructure Against External Threats. You can now check out the full length documentary which traces Hess’ storied past as an icon in the gig poster and fine art worlds and much more. You can rent or buy it on Vimeo now and stream right away, so be sure to check it out. Read on to find out more about Hess’ latest print series and grab new original artwork available here…

“The idea of the flower is to be seductive, to draw interest to it for the sake of pollination. This is why I thought drawing some vibrant and alive flowers on playboy covers would be a good fit. Playboy Magazine is about attraction and seduction, same as the flower. I found the flower to be a fascinating plant, so many different types with all the singleness of mind, to get pollinated. The Playboy Magazine, so many different issues and covers, all with the singleness of mind, to get pollinated.

This series was fun because of working directly on the Playboy covers. The cover art made for a wonderfully colorful canvas that enriched the image of the flower when drawn on top of it. The flower becomes the cover, but if you look at it well, the original cover still exists, it has become symbiotic.” – Derek Hess

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