Punks, Losers, Screw-Ups & Goofballs: The LES Art of Cliff Mott

174 Rivington Street Bar and Gallery

May. 6, 2024 - Jul. 1, 2015

Lower East Side
New York, New York 10002


Closing Reception: Wednesday, 1 July 2015, from 6 to 10pm

The exhibition that kicked off Lower East Side History Month, Punks, Losers, Screw-Ups & Goofballs: The LES Art of Cliff Mott, will be closing on Wednesday, 1 July 2015, with a reception from 6-10pm.

Drawn by it’s Punk buzz, Mott spent many formative hours of his youth roaming the Lower East Side of the late 70’s/early 80’s. This is where he came into contact with musicians who needed band flyers, promotional art, stickers, t-shirts & record sleeves. He has maintained many of these early relationships and continues to produce images for bands like the Fleshtones, Dictators, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

In the LES Mott met many fellow comics obsessives, which eventually led to his being named art director at Cracked magazine where he spent over a decade. This is also where he came into contact with countless artists, writers, and editors that led to work for the New York Post, Screw, Penthouse and Marvel Entertainment. The exhibition showcases Mott’s antic drawings and comics, each with its own maniacal story to tell.

“Cliff Mott’s visual style is such a joy to behold. Clean bold lines brimming with energy. An economy of style that never fails to definitively capture the subject. The fun leaps off the page. Cliff carries the torch of great American illustration. Plus, I like the way he draws the monsters and the pretty girls.” — Jon Spencer, Blues Explosion

“Mott’s illustration for the Punk Rock Book of Lists are the best reason to buy that product, but the sheer talent evident in every brush-stroke is the reason any sane
art-collector should buy a piece of his original artwork.”
— John Holmstrom
“#@%&ing Genius!” — Handsome Dick Manitoba

We look forward to seeing you at 174 Rivington!

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