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Madman's Eye: The Art Of Mac Blackout


240 page full color art monograph published by HoZac Books. The definitive guide to the art of Mac Blackout. The book covers Mac's life from his early days as a pioneer of the graffiti movement in Indianapolis, through his time as a raucous fixture in the Chicago underground music scene, to his recent street art, mural, and studio work. 480 works pictured.

Unsigned book $32
Signed book with hand drawn page $40
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The all-seeing Eye of Mac Blackout knows no visible boundary. After a solid 25+ years of neurotically-enthralling creativity across several media types, he finally has a book to show for all of his exciting and enduring hard work. Around Chicago, his art has become inescapable, always peeking out from a storefront, a doorway, an alley, or one of his beloved garbage cans, his aesthetic has become an unofficial pock mark on the face of the city. But that’s only what you can see on the surface, as the tone gets darker the deeper you dig into his cadre of nightmarish delights, depicting the spectrum between twisted daydreams and fantastic exaggeration. Mac truly creates the demons you WANT around you, adding strange comfort to the mayhem and fear they would normally invoke. Madman’s Eye may be Mac Blackout’s first art book, but we’d wager it will not be his last.

As his direction has drifted across so many projects over the years, he’s gone from respected graffiti artist, into the world of fine art, and into pen & ink, collage, & multi-media painting. Not to mention his numerous world-renowned punk bands, Functional Blackouts, Daily Void, Mickey, New Rose Alliance, and his solo material with Mac Blackout Band, Mac has always been at the center of a rogue nervous system that needed to come to life on it’s own in the form of his art. The incredible resourcefulness and raw talent are impossible to ignore here, and his work is already instantly recognizable. This book epitomizes his deft ability to conquer a multitude of impressively disturbing, yet incredibly interconnected styles, along with deeper look into the Madman behind the Eye.

– Todd Novak (Hozac Books)

"They say everything has been done before. They say 'nothing is new'. Mac Blackout makes me wonder".
-Jeff Zimmermann (painter/muralist)

"Mac Blackout’s work is based in graffiti, but brought to a new level through a singular visual vocabulary that culls from the past fifty years of pop art. His guerrilla trash installations are brilliant, bringing a spark of color and comedy to Chicago’s streets."
-Gregory Jacobsen (painter)

"The Faces, shapes, lips, eyes and ears! Very few can do this in such mad variety, colossal, chaotic, color for a new psychedelic age! A timeless outsider hero, deranged and prolific."
-Timmy Vulgar (musician Clone Defects/Human Eye/Timmy's Organism)

"Everything this guy does is gold. It drives me nuts. Just think of all the stuff he left out!!!"
-James Kerr aka Scorpion Dagger (animator)