News for Jeff Kleinsmith

WED, NOV 9, 2011 at 2:40 AM

I’m OK, You’re JK

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Our art director extraordinaire Jeff Kleinsmith is having a poster show this Friday at 112 Printworks, conveniently located at 12 N 36th St, deep in the heart of keepin’-it-weird Fremont. There will be a retrospective of his posters as well as two new, exclusive prints available for purchase, free beer for the adults, and DJs.

The shindig runs from 7-11, and the first 25 folks through the door will receive a free limited-edition print!

Make sure to chat Jeff up while you’re there. He especially loves talking about these topics: modern music, cured meats, and the philosophy of art.

More details here and here.


Posted by Lacey Swain

MON, AUG 2, 2010 at 3:38 AM

11/100 - Patent Pending Retrospective: Opens Thurs. Aug. 5th in Seattle!

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Dear Lucky Seattle-ites:

Our beloved and preternaturally talented art director Jeff Kleinsmith and his equally highly-regarded and gifted partner (and a former art director here at Sub Pop) Jesse LeDoux are putting on an 11-year retrospective poster show which opens this Thursday in Seattle. Together, Jeff and Jesse make up Patent Pending Industries and this 11/100 show will assuredly be great. See you there!

11/100 Public Opening:
August 5, 2010: 5 PM – 10 PM
Design Commission
310 S. Washington St.
Seattle, WA 98104

More info:

Jeff Kleinsmith and Jesse LeDoux decided to start making screen-printed rock posters together 11 years ago while working together in the art department at Sub Pop Records. They named their endeavor Patent Pending and used it as a creative outlet and experimental conduit.

As world events have shown, a lot has happened in the past 11 years. The quick version is: They made some posters. Some magazines wrote some articles about them. They opened a screen-printing shop. They did a couple more posters. They attended some Flatstock poster festivals. They taught some classes on poster design. Jesse moved to Rhode Island and opened up Patent Pending East. Jeff started doing some movie posters. Jesse moved the Patent Pending East office to Japan (Patent Pending FAR East?). They did some more posters. They closed the screen-printing shop. Got a couple more Flatstocks under their belt. Broke out of their white paper rut and did a poster on stainless steel (but still did a version on white paper). Jesse moved back to Seattle. They did a few more posters. The long version includes running from creditors due to fraudulent pizza and porn transactions on the company card, trying to hide a 1000-lb paper cutter, run-ins with meth-heads, and a couple major motion picture cameos.

WHICH BRINGS US TO NOW (or this Thursday, to be exact), when Patent Pending will have a retrospective poster show at the Design Commission Gallery in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Digging deep into the archives, this will be the first time their 11-year body of influential poster work will be seen in its (near) entirety.

11/100 Public Opening:
August 5, 2010: 5 PM – 10 PM
Design Commission
310 S. Washington St.
Seattle, WA 98104


Posted by Chris Jacobs

THU, MAR 20, 2008 at 9:33 AM

The Art of Sub Pop, Straight from the Horses’ Mouths

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Come see, live and in person, the living legends that are Jeff Kleinsmith and Dusty Summers—Sub Pop’s Art Directors and Regional Comedy Duo Champs—as they share the inside creative story behind Sub Pop Records. You’ll discover that a steady diet of designing posters, apparel, and packaging for some of Seattle’s top musicians (such as The Shins, Mudhoney, and The Postal Service) is every bit as good as it sounds.

Tuesday March 25 6:30-8:00pm
School of Visual Concepts Seattle. Register online at SVC
Jeff Kleinsmith is also having his very own retrospective at Seattle SVC for the month of April. The opening party will be April 11 5-9pm and there will be BEER!

And finally, Jeff and Dusty will be tag teaming co-eds with their art knowledge in their very own class at the SVC. Check out the website for details.


Posted by Lacey Swain