Little more than a year after his "Glorious Excess (Born)" exhibit, Mike Shinoda recently released a 128-page book and four skate decks in conjunction with his follow-up show, "Glorious Excess (Dies)," currently on view at L.A.'s Japanese American National Museum. Shinoda's exploration of the celebrity-dom theme—one he knows well as a member of the band Linkin Park—runs full circle, with acrylic works that chronicle society's over-the-top preoccupation with fame, wealth and excess, a message carried out by way of a pivotal skeleton figure used to reflect a modern day vanitas.
The "Glorious Excess" book, published by Roger Gastman and with an essay by Shepard Fairey, features behind-the-scenes shots of Shinoda preparing for the shows, in addition to five autobiographical chapters about his work. The skate decks go for $75 each or $275 for the whole set on Shinoda's website. Money from all artwork and merchandise will go to the Michael K. Shinoda Scholarship at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Included in the charity donation will be the winning bid—at least $18,000—for a Honda roadster Shinoda customized for the show.
Glorious Excess (Dies)
Through 3 October 2009
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, California 90012 map
tel. +1 213 625 0414