Hey did you know comic great Jack Kirby once designed the costumes for a production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar?!!? This production was directed by Sheldon Feldner of the University Theatre Company at Santa Cruz in 1969. Man, what a thing this would have been to see.
At the top we have a poster for the production also designed by Jack Kirby. SPQR is the acronym of Senātus Populusque Rōmānus (the Senate and People of Rome). Next the costume design for Julius Caesar and a Roman garrison soldier. Julius Caesar was played by Stuart Bennett. Then the character design and final costume of a sophist (played by Stephen Drewes). Below this is the costume for Calpurnia with (on the right) maid, played by Berta Richardson and Kathy Martin. Finally some pictures of the production itself.
Interesting conceptually, Obvious State’s design illustrate a series of beautiful and intelligent prints, which showcase excerpts from some of the greatest authors of all time, including Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allan Poe and more. Monochromatic in color, the text and composition complement each other in an elegant and sleek finish.
Co-founded in 2011 by Evan and Nichole Robertson, both artists classify their style as minimalistic. Their goal is to execute a complex thought simply. On their official site, they claim:
"We like complex thoughts expressed simply. We think well-crafted sentences are intoxicating. We like when provocative ideas lead to playful banter (foreplay, if you’re lucky)."
Although their artwork is categorized as minimalistic, we finding it incredibly refined, complex, and simultaneously effortless. We are not kidding when we say this, we are completely geeking out. This makes the bibliophile inside us insanely happy.