New David Byrd Web Store

On March 23, 2015, in News, by Cernak Design

New David Byrd Web Store

Fans and poster col­lec­tors will be thrilled to learn that artist David Edward Byrd has a brand new web store that is HTML5 com­pli­ant with respon­sive design so it will work great on your smart phones and tablets too (like iPhones & iPads). With David’s 74th birth­day approach­ing on April 4, 2015, now is a great time to add some new signed art to your col­lec­tion. This Big Car­tel site includes fea­tures like a Shop­ping Carts and easy, secure pay­ment via Pay­Pal. Check it now at www.davidedwardbyrdposters.com

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Sam Andrew Memorial on Sunday, March 22, 2015

On March 13, 2015, in News, by Cernak Design

Sam Andrew March 22, 2015 Memorial rock poster by Dennis Loren

Sam Andrew, a founder of Big Brother and the Hold­ing Com­pany passed away on Feb­ru­ary 12 at the age of 73. Along with the Grate­ful Dead, Jef­fer­son Air­plane and Quick­sil­ver Mes­sen­ger Ser­vice, Big Brother, is arguably one of the most famous and suc­cess­ful bands from the 1960s San Fran­cisco music scene. He is sur­vived by his wife, Elise Pili­wale (and daugh­ter Mari Andrew, from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage) who con­tacted Den­nis Loren to design this poster for Sam’s memo­r­ial con­cert on Sun­day March 22, 2015 at the Great Amer­i­can Music Hall.

I spoke with Den­nis who is deeply hon­ored to do this poster in mem­ory of his long­time friend. Elise said that it made her very happy to see the fin­ished design and that Sam would have loved it. The art will be printed by PS Print in Oak­land and avail­able at the memorial.

Before Sam passed, he had mul­ti­ple surg­eries in an attempt to save his life. There is a fund to help his fam­ily with the mount­ing expenses and med­ical bills incurred dur­ing that time. If you would like to help, or learn more, dona­tions are being accepted at YouCaring.com.  Sam has given us a life­time of cre­ativ­ity and intel­lec­tual mus­ings, many times for free. Now is our chance to help out a brother in need. I know together we can reach this goal. ☮

Cel­e­brat­ing the Life of Sam Andrew

with Big Brother & The Hold­ing Com­pany, Peter & Arwen Lewis, Nick Graven­ites, George Michal­ski, and The 60’s All Stars: A Musi­cal Trib­ute to Sam by His Friends with Spe­cial Guests

Sun­day March 22, 2015 at 5pm

John Cooke, for­mer road man­ager for Big Brother, will share some spe­cial Sam mem­o­ries and a rare 60s film of the band.

The 60s All Stars:
Barry “The Fish” Melton — from Coun­try Joe & The Fish
Peter Albin — from Big Brother & The Hold­ing Com­pany
Banana — from The Young­bloods
Roy Blu­men­feld — from The Blues Project
Kurt Huget, Bill Lay­mon, Roy Schmall — from The Sam Andrew Band
Snooky Flow­ers — from The Kozmic Blues Band (with Janis Joplin)
David & Linda Laflamme — from It’s A Beau­ti­ful Day
David Aguilar — from Nor­ton Buf­falo and numer­ous bands with Sam Andrew
Brad Jenk­ins — ace sax­o­phone player who has played with numer­ous well known bands

Tick­ets avail­able here.


The Great Amer­i­can Music Hall 859 O’Farrell Street, San Fran­cisco

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Victor Moscoso 2015 Exhibit

Vic­tor Moscoso
Psy­che­delic Draw­ings, 1967–1982
Curated by Nor­man Hath­away & Dan Nadel
March 6 — April 25, 2015

Spe­cial lec­ture with Vic­tor Moscoso & Nor­man Hath­away: Thurs­day, March 5th, 6:30–8:30 PM

Open­ing recep­tion: Fri­day, March 6th, 6–8 PM with Vic­tor Moscoso

The Andrew Edlin Gallery is excited to announce a ret­ro­spec­tive of draw­ings by Vic­tor Moscoso, one of the pre-eminent graphic artists of the 20th cen­tury, and widely renowned for his 1960s psy­che­delic posters and comics. The gallery will pub­lish a 96-page cat­a­log to accom­pany the exhibition.

This exhi­bi­tion is the first to present the full range of Moscoso’s draw­ings for posters and comics, includ­ing orig­i­nal ren­der­ings for his renowned cover of Zap Comix #4 (1969), the Hocus Pocus story, posters for The Doors and The Who, and other sem­i­nal pub­lished edi­tions. These works, exe­cuted as pro­duc­tion art for printed pieces, reveal Moscoso’s ded­i­ca­tion to expert drafts­man­ship in the ser­vice of graph­ics, as well as a sure and grace­ful approach to draw­ing every­thing from dinosaurs to space­ships to humans.

Vic­tor Moscoso’s impact on the visual cul­ture of the psy­che­delic era belies his mod­ernist train­ing (he stud­ied with Josef Albers at Yale in the late 1950s), which he used to delin­eate images, posters and comics that explore geo­met­ric space, ani­ma­tion, and car­toon icons. In 1966, while liv­ing in San Fran­cisco, Moscoso began design­ing posters for rock shows in the city, and by 1967 had devel­oped his sig­na­ture style, in which oppo­site hues of the same inten­sity sit next to each other to cre­ate a visual “vibra­tion” effect and let­ter­ing is designed for its form instead of func­tion. Moscoso’s let­ter­ing was all hand-drawn; his approach to let­ter­forms gave neg­a­tive space as much weight as the pos­i­tive. This spa­tial con­fu­sion, along with color vibra­tions and Moscoso’s mys­te­ri­ous imagery, made his work instantly recognizable.

Between 1967 and 1970, Moscoso designed over one hun­dred posters for every­one from the Grate­ful Dead to Jimi Hen­drix to Allen Gins­berg. In doing so, he rev­o­lu­tion­ized the worlds of graphic design, typog­ra­phy, and rock ‘n’ roll imagery. In 1968, Moscoso was invited by Robert Crumb to join him in Zap Comix. Moscoso’s abstract and lyri­cal comics debuted in issue 2 and he has remained a dri­ving force of the Zap col­lec­tive through to its final iter­a­tion, a 2014 “Com­plete Zap Comix” box set that sold out imme­di­ately upon its release.

Vic­tor Moscoso was born in La Coruña, Spain in 1936, and moved to Brook­lyn in 1940. He attended the New York High School of Indus­trial Art and then Cooper Union and Yale Uni­ver­sity, where he earned a BA in 1959. He com­pleted a master’s degree at the San Fran­cisco Art Insti­tute in 1961. Moscoso, who resides in Marin County, Cal­i­for­nia, has also com­pleted album cov­ers, bill­boards, ani­ma­tions and posters for artists includ­ing Jerry Gar­cia, Primus, Her­bie Han­cock, The Who and many oth­ers. His work is in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tions of the Museum of Mod­ern Art (New York), The Cooper Hewitt Smith­son­ian Design Museum (New York), the Vic­to­ria and Albert Museum (Lon­don), The Brook­lyn Museum of Art, the Library of Con­gress (Wash DC), the San Fran­cisco Museum of Mod­ern Art, The Lou­vre (Paris), the Whit­ney Museum of Amer­i­can Art (New York), and the Tate Mod­ern (London).

Nor­man Hath­away is a graphic designer, design his­to­rian, and lec­turer. He is the author of Over­spray: Rid­ing High with the Kings of Cal­i­for­nia Air­brush Art and co-author (with Dan Nadel) of Elec­tri­cal Banana: Mas­ters of Psy­che­delic Art and Dorothy and Otis: Design­ing the Amer­i­can Dream.

Dan Nadel is a writer and cura­tor whose most recent exhi­bi­tion What Nerve: Alter­na­tive Fig­ures in Amer­i­can Art, 1960 to the Present was pre­sented at the RISD Museum in Prov­i­dence, RI. He is the author of books includ­ing Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Vision­ar­ies and co-author (with Nor­man Hath­away) of Elec­tri­cal Banana: Mas­ters of Psy­che­delic Art and Dorothy and Otis: Design­ing the Amer­i­can Dream.


Andrew Edlin Gallery 134 Tenth Avenue, NYC

FD-61 Butterfly Lady by Victor Moscoso

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