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March 23, 2009
Limited to an edition of just 500 signed and numbered copies, this new collection of lithographs by Los Angeles-based photographer and artist Sterling Andrews, aims to "revive the wonderful experience of opening a brand new record to revel in artist photos and liner notes" while celebrating the state of Californian indie rock.

Andrews, who operates under the nom d'art Shutterface, conceived the project as a means of "[paying] respect to the process of creation." Considering that she lives and works in Los Angeles, arriving at the triumviral union of art, photography and music was perhaps a natural outcome for Andrews, who in addition to photography vents creative gasses by singing in the bands Love Grenades and Eagle Winged Palace.

Packaged in a theme-appropriate (and hand-painted) gatefold LP jacket and focusing on musicians from the Golden State, the portraits are each one-of-a-kind and measure 11-inches square. Along with the individual lithographs, which were shot in Andrews' home studio "in self-created whimsical and bizarre environments," Gooseberries also contains "a DVD of time-lapse videos documenting Sterling's painting process during the shoots" as well as interviews with the musicians involved. Andrews says that fifteen different artists were photographed for the book, though the final collection was stripped down to an even dozen images.

"It's like reading a storybook and seeing the pictures and when the pictures make sense to what you're reading - it's kind of like she creates a world with her photographs," testify the Los Angeles-based duo Great Northern of the book project, who appear alongside Silversun Pickups, Rogue Wave, Earlimart, the Happy Hollows, Afternoons, Rademacher, the Henry Clay People, the Pity Party, Death to Anders, Le Switch, and One Trick Pony.

Gooseberries will be available through Eenie Meenie Records beginning April 4th, and will have an official launch on April 2nd with a gathering at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock where, in addition to live sets from some of the bands featured in the book, "attendees can wander down a corridor of backdrops" and of course view the lithographs themselves. For those who find themselves outside of the Los Angeles area, a making-of style video conveys some of the project's finer points.

SEE ALSO: www.gooseberriesbook.com

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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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