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An auburn-haired songstress holds a fawn. Shocking magenta hair falls to the shoulders of a blue nude strapped with artillery. A 1950s-model cop car rests peacefully at the bottom of the sea, washed in blues and purples revealing a silent white angel. Each outstanding print on display represents a prominent rock band. Each was created by Chuck Sperry.

In early 2011, Chuck Sperry, San Francisco artist and co-owner of Firehouse Kustom Rockart Company, made an unprecedented donation to the Library’s Art, Music and Recreation Department of over one hundred limited edition, hand-printed rock art posters. Officially entitled, The Chuck Sperry Archive, this collection comprehensively documents the Goldenvoice Music Series (at the Regency and Warfield Theaters) from 2008 to present, as well as selected Firehouse productivity related to the cultural-life of San Francisco.

This collection is exciting in both use of color and variety of content. Each silkscreen print is comprised of up to sixteen colors, applied as individual layers. The pieces reference styles ranging from Japanese nishiki-e, Austrian Expressionism, 1960s psychedelia, to the provocative punk poster tradition of Sperry’s youth.  Musicians such as Neko Case, Danzig, Bad Religion, Nick Cave, Soundgarden and The Black Keys are represented, as are a talented group of Bay Area graphic artists (Ron Donovan, Alex Fischer, Gregg Gordon, John HowardDave Hunter, Alan Hynes, Scott Johnson, Dennis Loren, Chris Shaw, Frank Zio, & Zoltron) who contributed to the Firehouse Goldenvoice Poster series under the art direction of Chuck Sperry.

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SFMOMA Artist's Gallery

June 11, 2011 — January 12, 2012

Bay Area rock poster art contemporaries Chris ShawChuck Sperry, & Ron Donovan stand out amongst their predecessors in the Bay Area tradition of poster making that spans nearly 50 years. Through their prolific bodies of work, the masterful artists have brought inno­vation, invention, and new meaning to this art form. Each distinc­tively fuses propaganda, imagery, text, and historical art references with Pop and rock-poster art sensibilities to create accessible, relat­able imagery that is at once empowering and undeniably populist.

Minna Street windows

A collaborative art work involving three individually created window installations, Donovan, Shaw, and Sperry layer silkscreen, painting, collage, and mixed media to transform two-dimensional imagery into three-dimensional expression. Showing reverence for man’s commu­nicative nature, they reference the renewal of the idea that art has a purpose.

Natoma Street windows – Temporally Bound

Temporally Bound is a “visual improvisation” between Sperry and Shaw. Its form is drawn from the Asian accordion-style bound scroll to recognize the Pacific Rim as the gathering center of the art world and to emphasize post modern appropriated multiculturalism. Sperry and Shaw express a realization of the temporal, time-punctuated nature of street and poster art. By binding the panels together in monumental book form, the artists create a visual record of events through a modality of time. Additionally, through binding invention, the contextualization of visual imagery, and a reassigning of repre­sentational meaning, the artists transform ephemeral events and experiences by creating a lexicon of a shared cultural visual memory.

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The “Windows Program” uses the SFMOMA Garage’s street-level win­dows located at 150 Natoma and 147 Minna Street (between Third and New Montgomery Streets) to showcase artwork. The program, organized  by Renée de Cossio of the Artists Gallery, invites some of the area’s most ambitious artists to transform these every day spaces into compelling exhibitions that the passerby can view round the clock.

Directions

SFMOMA
151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 357-4035

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Flatstock 25 by Dave Hunter

The Rock Poster Society (TRPS) is pleased to announce the rock poster art event of the summer. TRPS is teaming up with the American Poster Institute to present Flatstock 25 – By the Bay on Saturday July 10, 2010 at the Hall of Flowers in San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Park. The show will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The FLATSTOCK poster show series is presented by the American Poster Institute (API). It is an ongoing series of exhibitions featuring the work of many of the most popular concert poster artists working today. The Flatstock shows in Austin, Seattle, Chicago, and Hamburg are known worldwide as premier events in the poster world. The very first Flatstock was held in San Francisco back in the nineties, and they’ve long wanted to come back out here for their landmark 25th show.

TRPS’ Rock Art By the Bay artists show has been a regular happening every summer for some years now. Melded with the Flatstock event, this will be a very special show. TRPS is thrilled to be working with API to bring this landmark event to San Francisco.

In keeping with Flatstock and Rock Art By the Bay tradition, this show will be artists-only, and admission is FREE to the public. We’re expecting an outstanding lineup of artists for this one, and this is a great opportunity for us to introduce a lot of new faces to the Bay Area poster community. Mark down the date Saturday July 10, 2010 on your calendars. You won’t want to miss this one! I hope to see you there!

Artists Include:
Chuck Sperry, Ron Donovan, Jon-Paul Bail (Political Gridlock), Dave Hunter, Jay Ryan, Geoff Peveto, Mig Kokinda, Stanley Mouse, David Singer, Carolyn Ferris, Randy Tuten, Mike Budai, John Seabury, Frank Kozik, John Van Hamersveld, Alan Forbes, Justin McNeal, Joanna Wecht, Dave Welker, Fred Hosman, Uncle Charlie Hardwick, Sean Carroll, Bob Masse, Summer Makovkin, John Howard, Gregg Gordon, Isaac Menge, Lee Conklin, Norman Orr, Lil Tuffy, Lindsey Kuhn, Jason Munn, Dirk Fowler, Scrojo, Burlesque of North America, Mike King, Dennis Loren, Mark Behrens, Farley Bookout, Gary Houston, Dan Black, Alan Hynes, David D’Andrea, Kevin Tong, Marq Spusta, Nels Jacobson, Chris Peterson, Two Rabbits Studio, Marty Boe, Pat Ryan, Chris Shaw, Alexandra Fischer, Paul Imagine, Dan Stiles, Ryan Kerrigan & Travis Bone

Festival of Rock Posters 2009 poster by Gary Houston

TRPS is hosting Festival of Rock Posters, this Saturday, October 10, 2009 at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park (near Ninth and Lincoln). Admission is $10.00 – $5.00 for TRPS members with card.

This years Artist Relief Trust benefit poster is donated by artist Gary Houston, (shown above) This official show poster will be a limited edition, signed and numbered, hand-pulled silkscreen print, only available at the show. All proceeds from the sale of this poster will go straight into the TRPS Artist Relief Trust, to provide help to poster artists in time of need.

Confirmed artists and dealers include: PNE (Post New ExplosionismEmekJustin HamptonJermaine Rogers), Malleus (from Italy), Drowning Creek Studios (Jeff Wood with Johnny Thief),Burlesque of North AmericaThe Firehouse (Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan), Wes WilsonDavid Byrd (of Fillmore East fame), Stanley MouseVictor MoscosoDave HunterGary HoustonLee Conklin, S.F. Rockposters, David Singer, Randy Tuten, Alan Forbes, Justin McNealMarq Spusta, John Mavroudis, Paul Imagine, David D’Andrea, Bob Cohen (Avalon co-founder), Chris Shaw, Alex Fischer, Eric King, Carolyn Ferris, Tea Lautrec Litho, John SeaburyGregg GordonJohn Howard,Cahoots Graphics (Dennis Loren), Ryan Kerriganfillmoreposters.com, Jim Pierce, Pat Ryan, Perry Pfeffer, Dano Kuhlken  (DKNG Studios), Connected Music, Larry Freeman, Cliff Yamasaki, Vince Dugar, Political Gridlock, Sherwood Donahue, Helie Robertson, Tom Hill, Kris Mikkelson and Ron Schaeffer.

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