Like Pogs and wooly dolphins, music posters have recently become endangered due to rampant mp3 pollution. Today's side deal lets you adopt one to ensure their survival. For $10, you’ll get to pick out a screen-printed, limited-edition poster (an up to $30 value) at Aesthetic Apparatus, a Seward-based poster shop and studio. Scoff at misinformed commentators who don’t believe painting sound is possible, and show them that you actually have some music on your wall right now.
As an unstoppably daring design duo, Michael Byzewski and Dan Ibarra have been churning out posters since relocating from Madison to the Twin Cities in 2002. Even more than proper flossing habits, screen-printing posters is a laborious pursuit that’s difficult to keep up. Yet, their mutual appreciation of music, design, and blood-curdling screams has propelled their poster-making prowess and allowed them the opportunity to create posters for acts such as Andrew Bird, The Decemberists, and The Dead Weather. Utilizing its mastery of the three senses, Aesthetic Apparatus prides itself on its ability to render Future of the Left’s comically misanthropic demeanor in convenient 19”x25” posterized form. With years of experience, Aesthetic Apparatus is your one-stop shop for poster needs.
- Doing business as Aesthetic Apparatus, Byzewski and Ibarra are the sole proprietors and employees of a design studio that is creating, among other things, some of the most distinct and distinguished posters in a now seriously crowded field, all of whom are jockeying for attention and business from the same pool of clubs, artists, labels, and promoters. They've already done posters and design work for (among others) local luminaries Har Mar Superstar, Mark Mallman, and Atmosphere, as well as such national acts as Wire, Mission of Burma, and the Meat Puppets. – Brad Zellar, City Pages
- But gig posters, according to Aesthetic Apparatus, have gladly stepped in to take their proverbial place at the intersection of music, fandom and cultural sentimentality. "Posters offer that visual experience for fans," Byzewski explained. And really, it's nearly impossible to imagine our urban landscape - or the walls of a college dorm room - without them. – Sara Nicole Miller, Minnesota Daily