Zurich: Nieves, 2008. 1st Edition. Small folio, publisher's stapled illustrated glossy stiff paper wraps, 15 color offset illustrations.
Graphic designer and filmmaker Mills's visual meditation on Chinese fireworks, placebos, and mental well-being: "A professional suggested I take anti-depressants. I declined. About the same time I started drawing fireworks. I didn’t know what they meant or why I was drawing them. I was confused and embarrassed by this lack of meaning, but they kept coming. I could draw them no matter how I felt." Mills, who graduated from Cooper Union and began his career in the 1990s, has designed album covers and/or directed music videos for the Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, Beck, Yoko Ono and Air, as well logos, graphics and campaigns for fashion and lifestyle brands X-Girl, Supreme, Marc Jacobs and The Gap. He has also directed the films Thumbsucker (2005) and 20th Century Women (2016), among others. In 2003, he started his own graphics line, "Humans," a project "in between the art world and popular culture, in between graphic design and art practice," which produces posters, fabrics, ribbons, and shirts. Fireworks is one of three limited edition artists' books Mills has published under the Swiss artbook imprint Nieves. (While no limitation is noted, Mills's other two imprints with Nieves numbered 100 copies each.) Fine, scarce. Item #563