How you know of Mark Mothersbaugh depends largely on your age. Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers were likely introduced to him as the lead singer of DEVO, the progressive art movement/band that asked us to “Whip It.” Millennials probably encountered his work during the opening credits of Nickelodeon’s Rugrats for which he composed the theme song for the television show and scored the subsequent feature films. Today’s children (and a few parents) have seen Mothersbaugh on another Nickelodeon show, Yo Gabba Gabba, where he teaches viewers how to draw.
When I first meet Mark Mothersbaugh, he’s standing between a large bird call machine and a sculpture he lovingly refers to as the "My Little Pony butts.” A prolific artist and musician, the Los Angeles-based Mothersbaugh is in town to oversee the installation of “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia,” his new exhibition at The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center. The show, which runs through April 17, showcases a variety of work from the artist’s four-decade long career.