SFMoMA's upcoming exhibition, Weirded Out, marks the first U.S. Museum commission for Parra, a Dutch graphic artist whose work runs the gamut from cartoon-y posters to hand-drawn graphics for brands like Nike and InCase. His real name is Pieter Janssen, but he goes by his one-word moniker Parra, a choice that has confused some critics into grouping him in with street artists, a mistake his bright, accessible graphics only exacerbates. However, his self-taught style doesn't take its inspiration from the street. Rather, Parra draws from Pop art and experimental, psychedelic '60s graphics.
But there's whimsy in even his raunchiest illustrations. In the poster above of a man abducting a woman, there's something playful in the pointed, heeled feet of the male abductor. Besides, she's giving a thumb's up so it's probably consensual, anyway. The exhibition poster is similar in its mix of levity, kitsch and camp; The musician is singing and playing happily even though his right foot has been cut off and is dripping blood, a motif that Parra repeats throughout the poster's text.
Weirded Out runs from March 31–July 29, 2012. If you can't make it you can always buy one of his designs on a T-shirt or gym bag in his shop.