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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

St. Louis Duo the Funs Kicks Off 2015 With an Art Show and a New Cassette Tape

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"Working on the house has given me a different outlook on materials," Lesicko chimes in. "Making something beautiful out of the cheapest shit you can get. It has an illusion of being very expensive." Lesicko also has three large-scale pieces in the art show, which reflect distorted notions of fame and celebrity culture. He takes to task the lack of sincerity in the music industry, using imagery of warped feminine figures.

When the Funs started in 2009, the band played on pawn-shop guitars and broken drums out of necessity. Five years later, Lesicko still feels more comfortable working through low-cost materials. His own art, often seen in the band's album covers and show posters, remains black and white due to the low cost of printing in monochrome.

"I know it and I can control it as much as I need to," Lesicko says. "If I had all the money in the world, it doesn't mean I can make a really good album or piece of music. I'm just a working-class person that's self taught. You have to work harder for it, so it means more."

Lesicko takes DIY seriously. Counting the group's latest release, much of the Funs' music is self-recorded. The tours? All booked without the help of a publicist or an agent. He even landed the Funs an opening spot with seminal art-rock group the Breeders, simply by contacting the band directly.

"Music is thought of as magic to some people," he says. "There's a responsibility to be honest, to be sincere. But it's a rare thing to be an artist or musician and be sincere."

"This Could Save Your Life" marries art and music through visual works that challenge gender roles, the concept of fame and consumer culture. The exhibit is now showing through February 4 at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 North Grand Boulevard, 314-533-0367.

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