Album Art

Between 1984 and 1993 I made a handful of album illustrations for Dinosaur Jr, Sub Pop Records and Fuzzy ( the Boston based band that included Hilken Mancini who I would later work with in Punk Rock Aerobics). I never pursued this professionally, it was something I did for fun, something I did for friends that asked. I was 18 years old when I made the drawings for the first Dinosaur Jr. record.

Below are two music videos I made during that same time period. Dinosaur Jr's "Just Like Heaven" (1988) which was my first attempt at editing and using a green screen - the lo-fi aesthetic was intentional. I built a small set, and transformed the puppets to punkers. The room was inspired by J Mascis' childhood bedroom and the posters on the the wall are actual punk show flyers I scaled down. It played on MTV a couple of times until Sesame Street asked that it be removed.

The second video is Upside Down Cross' "Mass in Blood" (1990) co-directed with James Apt. There is better existing footage and amazing out-takes for anyone interested in this band, but until I have time to re-master them, this post will have to do.

News:
Original Dinosaur Jr. Album Artist Maura Jasper Talks About Leaving Behind the World of Album Covers
By Chris Kissel July 1, 2014 2:08 PM

Dinosaur Jr Visitors -box set released by Numero Group, the album art features previously unseen drawings from 1985-1990, and includes an essay I wrote about my process and working relationship with J and the band


 

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  Dinosaur Jr, Dinosaur, Homestead Records, 1985

 

Dinosaur Jr, Repulsion, Homestead Records, 1985
Front Cover

  Dinosaur Jr, Repulsion, Homestead Records, 1985
Front Cover
 
             
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  Dinosaur Jr,You're Living All Over Me, SST, 1987   Dinosaur Jr, Bug, SST, 1988
 

Dinosaur Jr, Just Like Heaven, SST, 1989

 
             
       
  Dinosaur Jr, Freak Scene, SST, 1998
Front cover
  Dinosaur Jr, Freak Scene, SST, 1998
Back cover
  Dinosaur Jr, Freak Scene, SST, 1998
Reissue 2005

 
             
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Dinosuar Jr, The Wagon, Sub Pop, 1990
Concept,Puppet, Art Direction: Maura Jasper
Photo: Charles Peterson

  Dinosaur Jr, The Wagon, Sub Pop, 1990
Back cover


 

Dickless, Saddle Tramp,, Sub Pop, 1990
Back cover.