For more than four decades, some of the best artists going have designed posters for club and concert gigs, and still the form doesn't get the respect it deserves. It's bad enough that these things promote the low culture of pop music; they're also advertising, and advertising that from a strictly informational standpoint often hangs around on utility poles and elsewhere longer than necessary.
American-Statesman staff photographer Jay Janner has spent more than a year shooting gig posters in familiar and less-than-obvious locales around Austin, and as you'll see in these photographs, the environment in which the poster is placed can have an effect on how you perceive it.
That decrepit old building with the tall weeds next to it, for example, seems an incongruous place to tack up a row of posters for Wilco's show at the then nearly new Cedar Park Center in 2009. (And at that show, frontman Jeff Tweedy noted that a hockey rink was itself an incongruous place for a Wilco show.) Who put them there? Did they work as advertising? Or something higher?
"Some people think it clutters up the environment," Janner says. "But to me they're little works of art."