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Moonalice 420 Gathering of the Tribe

Poster fans won’t want to miss Moonalice’s 420 Gathering of the Tribe at Slim’s in San Francisco this Sunday! This event will include an exhibit of all 696 posters in the Moonalice series next to Slim’s in the Warren Hellman Exhibit Center. Everyone present will recieve a set of 18 posters (pictured below) as a gift from the band! There will be three silk screen posters created by Chuck Sperry, Gary Houston, and Alex Fischer available for purchase!

420 Moonalice poster set 2014

For Moonalice, 4/20 is the highest of high holidays and Moonalice’s Barry Sless, Pete Sears, John Molo and Roger McNamee will include special guest David Nelson to mark the occasion. Wavy Gravy and Big Steve Parish will emcee and opening act includes Jason Crosby & Friends (Dan ‘Lebo’ Leowitz, Jay Lane, and Chris Crosby).

Lots of bunnies (big and small) can be expected, as can treats galore and an Easter egg hunt with prizes including tickets to BottleRock for Friday & Saturday (the two days that Moonalice is performing, event continues on Sunday), plus tons of Moonalice schwag including; poster art books, CD packs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, ashtrays, rolling papers and so much more!

General admission to Moonalice’s 420 Gathering of the Tribe at Slim’s is $4.20 ($29.15 with dinner).

More info at Moonalice.com and MoonalicePosters.com

Purchase tickets for Slim’s

Fun begins: 4:00pm

Direc­tions

Slim’s 333 11th Street, San Fran­cisco

SEDITIONS: Frank Kozik & Winston Smith at Varnish Fine Art

Opening Reception Saturday February 2, 6-9pm

The sedi­tious edi­tions in the show are works of “rebel­lious dis­or­der” that act as an intel­lec­tual call to arms to the pub­lic at large to stand against com­pla­cency. Each artist repur­poses the pop cul­tural zeit­geist of the 50’s post­war era with punk rock bones to cre­ate some­times com­plex some­times bone chill­ingly sim­ple mes­sages chal­leng­ing us to look harder at the pol­i­tics and gov­ern­ments we take for granted are work­ing in our best inter­ests. On exhibit will be orig­i­nal works and lim­ited editions.

Kozik and Smith share the expe­ri­ence of hav­ing lived in post­war Europe in the early to mid 70’s, a period of intense upheaval. Kozik’s child­hood in Franco Era Spain was full of visu­ally influ­en­tial author­i­tar­ian acts and imagery, evi­denced by his use of the pro­pa­ganda poster for­mat. By con­trast Win­ston Smith’s time in Italy as a teenager was full of class strug­gle and socio-political tur­moil turned to vio­lence that one writer claims “amounted to anar­chy.” This state of chaos mixed with a 50’s child­hood in a “fly­over” state comes into stark relief in his polit­i­cally tinged collage-montages.

Using imagery of the 50’s and beyond as his start­ing point, Smith “kid­naps” them from their orig­i­nal con­texts, re-purposing them into polit­i­cally charged tableaus that con­front the viewer with the para­doxes and incon­gruities occur­ring in front of our eyes. With a sub­lime humor, Smith talks to us of deep and trou­bling issues with friendly imagery. Kozik uses the tem­plate of the pro­pa­ganda poster preva­lent dur­ing and post WWII in the US and Europe to cre­ate art print and music poster edi­tions full of visu­ally grip­ping and supremely graphic sce­nar­ios rife with cul­tural mes­sages of chal­lenge. He has recently turned his graph­i­cally keen eye to the world of sculp­ture, cre­at­ing lim­ited edi­tion works of some of his most well known images.

About Win­ston Smith

Smith first became known (and later beloved) for his col­lab­o­ra­tions with punk leg­ends Dead Kennedys and his numer­ous album cov­ers, inserts and fly­ers for the band in their for­ma­tive years. His tech­nique of cut­ting out by hand and glu­ing each indi­vid­ual ele­ment has inspired a gen­er­a­tion of artists. He is clas­si­cally trained in Renais­sance art, hav­ing left the U.S. in 1969 to study at the Acad­emy of Fine Arts in Flo­rence, where he lived for sev­eral years before mov­ing to Rome. Over the last 35 years, Win­ston has had numer­ous one-man shows in San Fran­cisco, Los Ange­les, New York City, Lon­don, Berlin, Antwerp, Rome and Tokyo, as well as group shows through out the United States and Europe. He lives and works in San Francisco.

About Frank Kozik

Frank Kozik is an entirely self-taught artist whose artis­tic career rose largely out of his enthu­si­asm for Austin’s grow­ing unde­ground punk rock scene in the early 80’s. He tran­si­tioned to silkscreen­ing large col­or­ful con­cert posters, cre­at­ing art­work for a diverse array of musi­cians such as Pearl Jam, The White Stripes, The Beastie Boys, Green Day, Neil Young and Nir­vana. He moved to San Fran­cisco in the 1990’s where he started his own music label. In 2001 he tran­si­tioned full time to cre­at­ing fine art, design and art toys. He cur­rently lives and works in San Fran­cisco with his wife, Sharon, and their four cats.

Kozik & Smith editions will be released online Saturday at 6pm PST
Additional information at VarnishFineArt.com

Directions

16 Jessie Street, #C120 — San Fran­cisco, CA
(415) 433‑4400

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Occupy poster by Chuck Sperry

occupy ybca orange
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Presents:

Occupy Bay Area

 

Many of our favorite Rock Poster Artists will be featured in a new exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts titled Occupy Bay Area at YBCA running July 7 – October 14, 2012 in Gallery 3.

$10 Admission, $8 Students & Seniors
FREE for YBCA Members & YBCA:You
FREE first Tuesday of each month • noon – 8 pm

Since its inception in September 2011, the Occupy Movement has generated both praise and condemnation. A direct response to the financial instability, subprime mortgage crisis and the decline of trust in the government’s ability to effectively address the problems in the labor market, it continues to resonate in the American consciousness. In response to the significant output of art and documentation produced in support of the Occupy Movement in Oakland and San Francisco, YBCA has put together an exhibition of works that have proven to be particularly effective in supporting the goals and aspirations of the Movement. Impressively, various political poster artists devoted their talents to messaging the politics and culture of the movement by creating iconic images — designs that were a call to action, or posters announcing an upcoming event. In many ways these works, by twenty-five Bay Area artists, carry forward the region’s long tradition as a leader in political struggles, from the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s, to struggles by communities of color in the 1970s, to AIDS activism in the 1980s. The exhibition also includes a selection of photojournalistic and documentary photography and video that serve as a record of the events around the Occupy Movement.

Occupy poster by Alexandra Fischer

Occupy poster by Alexandra Fischer

Additionally, to connect to earlier movements and provide a historical context for the project, the exhibition includes posters and photographs from other political struggles, including the Black Panther Party, I-Hotel in Manilatown (1968–77); the ARC/AIDS Vigil at City Hall (1985–95); the Occupation of Alcatraz (1969–71); the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley (1964–65); and the San Francisco State University protests, to gain an Ethnic Studies program and Black Student Union demands (1968–69).While these earlier movements certainly differ in ways from Occupy, they all are the result of a deep desire for marginalized peoples to be represented and treated fairly.

Occupy poster by Chris Shaw

Occupy poster by Chris Shaw

This exhibition is not meant to represent a fully executed social history, but is a testament of the power of images to evoke the emotional expression of popular and wide-spread sentiments. By localizing our efforts, we also pay special tribute to the role that Bay Area artists have played in giving voice to the 99% and utilizing art as an effective vehicle for social change.

Artists

Occupy poster by Winston Smith

Occupy poster by Winston Smith

Occupy Bay Area Night

July 7, 2012 6:00pm
Grand Lobby – FREE

An evening of live performances, music and community discussion and interaction through the marriage of art and activism as seen by the Occupy movements of the Bay Area. YBCA’s Room for Big Ideas will feature artworks and performance by artist Annie Danger, Jessica Tully and the Oakland-based hip-hop artist Do D.A.T. and his friends will shut us all down.

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