Celebrate Earth Day – Light It With Love

On April 10, 2018, in Posters, by Ben Marks

“Earth Day – Light It With Love,” by Carolyn Ferris

As of this writing, Scott Pruitt was still doing his feckless worst to roll back almost half a century of progress on environmental regulation. The good news is that Pruitt’s zeal has been exceedingly sloppy, which has already resulted in successful legal challenges to regressive regulations on pesticides and lead paint. His agency’s lack of diligence is also likely to undermine the proposed undoing of Obama-era mileage targets for automobiles. The bad news, though, is that once Pruitt is inevitably fired for being just another small-time swindler, President He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named will replace him with someone equally loathsome.

Against this unsettling backdrop comes “Earth Day – Light It With Love,” by rock-poster artist Carolyn Ferris. Sponsored by Personify and printed by PSPRINT, the 13 x 17.5-inch poster is fittingly composed of earth-browns, with a ball of ocean-blue at its center. “‘Light It With Love’ is for all who live here now,” Ferris says, “for our children and grandchildren, and for every soul intending to live here in the future.” While the current environmental junta in Washington, D.C. is preoccupied with an unregulated past it claims once made our nation great, the environmental movement continues to advocate for the children of the future.

“Earth Day – Light It With Love” is now available for the special TRPS price of $40, shipping included. To get your copy to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2018, visit Ferris’ site.


Sperry Stoked for Spoke

On April 6, 2018, in Events, Posters, by Ben Marks

Chuck Sperry, Hangar 18, 2018. Photo by Shaun Roberts

In a recent interview in Juxtapoz, Chuck Sperry spoke about three of the prints that will be in his upcoming exhibition at Spoke Art:

“A central triptych in my solo at Spoke Art is very loosely, thematically based on the women only festival or ritual Thesmaphoria, a closed ritual devoted to Demeter. The three pieces show Anodos (Ascent), Demeter (Mother Goddess), and Kalligeneia (Beautiful Creation). It is the harvest festival, a ritual fertility sacrifice, and celebration of the creative forces of womanhood practiced in ancient times.”

From left to right: “Anodos,” “Demeter,” and “Kalligeneia” by Chuck Sperry.

In recent years, Sperry’s exhibitions at Spoke have become rituals themselves, in which people camp out for days in advance, rain or shine, in order to get first pick of the artist’s work, which include the aforementioned Greek goddesses in William Morris-inspired settings. For 2018, Sperry’s Spoke ritual begins on April 7, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and runs through April 28. Think of it as a gift from fall to spring, in which everyone is invited to attend!


Gene Anthony Exhibition at E-Clectique

On March 30, 2018, in News, by Ben Marks

George Harrison photograph and painting by Gene Anthony, at E-Clectique Gallery, Oakland, CA.

On Saturday March 31, 2018, fans of 1960s rock art will have a rare opportunity to meet Gene Anthony and see some of his latest “Summer of Love” work at the E-Clectique Gallery in Oakland, California. Included in the show are photo-paintings of all the big “J”s, from Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to Jim Morrison and Jerry Garcia. Everyone was in San Francisco for the Summer of Love, even George Harrison, whose endless smile was captured by Anthony’s camera.

Anthony will only attend the show’s opening, which begins on March 31 at 3 p.m. and runs until around 9. The gallery is located at 4125 Piedmont Ave., #13; enter through The Courtyard on Piedmont, climb the stairs, and it’s on your right. For more information, call 510-325-2520 or visit the gallery’s Facebook page.


Over the years, fans of rock-poster artist Emek have unwittingly enjoyed a slow-motion retrospective of the artist’s work—albeit one year’s worth at a time—every time they visited the artist’s spacious booth at the Festival of Rock Posters in Golden Gate Park. But from February 24 though the end of April, 2018, time will stand still when the Haight Street Art Center presents a retrospective of Emek’s work titled “Artifacts.” With roughly 200 pieces expected to be on view, this is a rare chance to see many of the artist’s most beloved pieces in one place. Join the throngs expected for the opening on February 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., or visit any time, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

UPDATE: No surprise, the show is great (some cellphone snapshots below). Don’t miss it! And be sure to attend a conversation with the artist on Tuesday, February 27. Info here.


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