Travis Braun's Profile

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My name is Travis Braun, I'm a middle school art teacher by day and a rock n roll poster artist by night. For as long as I can remember I have loved creating art and listening to music. As a teenager in the 90′s I spent the majority of my meager paycheck on purchasing CDs. In order to get more bang for my buck, I would usually drive to Minneapolis to my favorite used music store, Cheapo. I would spend hours shuffling through piles of unorganized, used CDs in hopes to find a few gems. In those days I found great pleasure and excitement in viewing the art filled booklet of a newly purchased CD, while listening to the music for the first time. Such an experience would frequently result in me feeling personally connected to the band.

Since those care free days of my youth, I have noticed such feelings are increasingly more rare, even though I am purchasing more music than ever. I…

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  • Male
  • Born on August 18
  • Joined July 22, 2009

Favorite materials

Ink, Watercolor, Acrylic, Digital, Mixed Media, Collage, Photography

About

My name is Travis Braun, I'm a middle school art teacher by day and a rock n roll poster artist by night. For as long as I can remember I have loved creating art and listening to music. As a teenager in the 90′s I spent the majority of my meager paycheck on purchasing CDs. In order to get more bang for my buck, I would usually drive to Minneapolis to my favorite used music store, Cheapo. I would spend hours shuffling through piles of unorganized, used CDs in hopes to find a few gems. In those days I found great pleasure and excitement in viewing the art filled booklet of a newly purchased CD, while listening to the music for the first time. Such an experience would frequently result in me feeling personally connected to the band.

Since those care free days of my youth, I have noticed such feelings are increasingly more rare, even though I am purchasing more music than ever. I think one major reason for this detachment is that, for the past ten years almost all the music I have purchased has been intangible MP3s. This digital format has physically disconnected me from having that experience of my youth when I heard AND saw the music.

Back when Radiohead released The King Of Limbs I decided I was going to purchase the special “Newspaper” edition. The day it arrived I sat down for over 2 hours to read the newspaper and enjoy the artwork while re-listening to the album. That was the first time in a long time that I felt the excitement of my youth and a tangible connection between art and music.

Since that day I have been striving to reconnect art and music in my life through reinventing the rock poster. I have always had a feeling of nostalgia when gazing upon my CD collection, but now I feel these rock posters are connecting me to the music and these bands with an even greater sense of excitement.

With each piece I create I strive to truly capture the essence of the band through imagery, lyrics and the overall concept. In much of my work you will see original album artwork from that band incorporated into the piece. Almost all of the text in each work of art is lyrically based. Usually the more you are familiar with the history of the band and their music, the more you will understand the symbolism and appreciate the subtle nuances within my work.

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