Road Trip To The Fourth Dimension With Dennis Larkins September 4, 2014 at Sacred Gallery, New York City

September 4, 2014 - October 31, 2014, Sacred Gallery, New York City

ROAD TRIP TO THE FOURTH DIMENSION
The Art of Dennis Larkins

Curated by Les Barany

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 4th 8-11pm
Exhibition Dates: September 4th – October 31st.

Dennis Larkins, renowned for his stage design and illustration work for bands including The Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones, returns to Sacred Gallery with his new exhibition, “Road Trip to the Fourth Dimension.” Larkins presents iconic images of America’s cultural past, borrowing heavily from the aesthetics of the Atomic Age and the Golden Age of Sci-Fi, to present at once a critique of America’s past, present, and past-futures. Aliens, mushroom clouds, and rocket ships mingle with the family unit through Larkins’ unique painted sculptural reliefs that present a field of depth and tangibility to his fantastic canvases.

September 4, 2014 - October 31, 2014, Sacred Gallery, New York City

When dinosaurs roamed the Earth and played loud rock music, Dennis Larkins was bringing set design out of the Paleolithic with revolutionary arena rock stage concepts. During a legendary period of rock music, under the aegis of promoter Bill Graham, Dennis brought a vision of monolithic drops to life in the form of towering painted backdrops and scrims.

Taking what he’d learned as a painter of stage backdrops for the San Francisco Opera, Dennis almost single-handedly designed and painted set decorations for The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones and Bill Graham’s annual “Day on the Green” festivals, such as the original legendary “Monsters of Rock” featuring Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Santana, and Journey, Today’s elaborate stages, with their pyrotechnics, banks of special lights, and shifting colors were born in the 70s, and Dennis Larkins was one of the earliest developers of these revolutionary new staging concepts.

Little did he know that his musical journey would lead back to his first love, painting, and the internal landscape of self-discovery and spiritual growth. For the next several years, perplexing images began to emerge from the depths of his psyche. By juxtaposing personal elements of symbol, metaphor and cultural iconography, he created a form of open-ended storytelling which offered for each viewer questions raised and answers cryptically unique to their own experience. He works in a style forged from both traditional and space age ingredients, painting sculpted relief on canvas and creating layered works of arresting depth and intense optical punch. His use of archetypes from retro-pop culture are metaphorical players in a scenario intended to illustrate the mysteries of our common life experience, including the poignancy of death and destruction, but also the principles of rebirth, wonder, absurdity, exhilaration and creative freedom. The dichotomy between all of these aspects, and more, being simultaneously present and available to experience in each moment is a thematic thread that consistently runs through Larkins’ work. He mixes metaphors for a living.

Dennis currently has designed 23 Moonalice posters in the series.

Sacred Gallery and its sister business, Sacred Tattoo, have been featured with the BBC, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, MTV, TLC, New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Daily News, various tattoo magazines, and many other forms of news and media.

Sacred Gallery NYC is conveniently located in Manhattan’s SoHo District at 424 Broadway on the northeast corner of Broadway and Canal. Take the N,Q,R, or J.

Sacred Gallery is open daily from noon to 8pm.

For purchase inquiries, please email the gallery director at Kevin@SacredGalleryNYC.com

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Sacred Gallery 424 Broadway #2, New York City

FIRST 100 PEOPLE ATTENDING THE OPENING WILL RECEIVE A FREE SIGNED PRINT!
September 4, 2014 - October 31, 2014, Sacred Gallery, New York City

Inside Gary Houston’s Voodoo Catbox by Vortex Music Magazine

Vortex Music Magazine interviews artist Gary Houston
Gary Houston has been screen printing posters by hand in Portland, Oregon for over 25 years, so we’re really excited to learn Vortex Music Magazine recently interviewed this amazing artist and human being. For those unfamiliar, Gary’s scratchboard style has provided the visual aethetic to many concert posters, including ten in Moonalice Poster Series.

Portraits of Portland Music: Gary Houston

A few Moonalice posters designed by Gary Houston:

Read the full story at www.vrtxmag.com.

Gary created the art for the upcoming show this Friday at the Levon Helm Barn in Woodstock, NY with The Midnight Ramble Band.

The Art and Allure of Vinyl Records at The Oakland Museum of California on July 18 with Winston Smith

The Art and Allure of Vinyl Records at The Oakland Museum of California on July 18 with Winston Smith

Talk, Play, and Sip: The Art and Allure of the Record Album with Boing Boing and Noise Pop

Friday, July 18, 2014, 7–8:30 pm

Artist Winston Smith, who has designed many Moonalice posters will be on a panel discussing the art and allure of vinyl records at the Oakland Museum of California on July 18.

Decades after records were declared dead media by the mainstream, the vinyl revival has broken through to popular consciousness. But for many musicians, visual artists, designers, and fans, vinyl’s visceral power has never disappeared. In this energetic panel discussion, presented in collaboration with Boing Boing and Noise Pop, Boing Boing editor David Pescovitz and a panel of legends from the worlds of art, design, and music will discuss why we still yearn to put the needle on the record.

Guests include:
Nick Harmer, bassist, Death Cab for Cutie
Winston Smith, legendary punk artist for Dead Kennedys, Green Day, and Alternative Tentacles
Lawrence Azerrad, designer of iconic albums by Wilco, Miles Davis, and the Beach Boys

Enjoy mixed drinks and other beverages during the night at a special bar located in the Vinyl exhibition during Friday Nights @ OMCA. Beverages will be for sale in the gallery from 5 to 9 pm.

Talk and Play, a program series in Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records, features guest participants from DJs to music journalists, record collectors to experimental musicians. Talk, Play, and Sip stirs up the social atmosphere with a bar located in the Gallery during select Friday Nights @ OMCA. With something different every week, you might find yourself swapping albums with collectors, learning from an expert about the mechanics of pressing an album, or listening to a specially curated music set.

Included with Museum admission. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admission is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Admission for Members is always free. Seating for this event is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Some Moonalice & Occupy posters designed by Winston Smith:

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The Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607

Dennis Larkins Designs 75th Anniversary National Baseball Hall of Fame Concert Poster

75th Anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Concert Event poster by Dennis Larkins

Moonalice Summer Tour kicks off tomorrow and poster fans can expect new amazing and unique art at each gig! On August 2nd, the tour stops in Cooperstown, New York for an extra special event, the 75th Anniversary of the Baseball Hall Of Fame Concert. No Moonalice appearance would be complete without a poster, and renowned artist Dennis Larkins designed a classic (pictured above) to mark this very special occasion. The live concert event will feature some of the music industry’s top recording artists including Moonalice, as well as celebrities from the world of film and television. The concert will take place in Cooperstown, New York at the Clark Sports Center, site of the annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony.

“In a way, rock ‘n’ roll and baseball are both America’s Pastime: They form the basis of how we view the world.” – Dennis Larkins

Memories & Dreams Magazine (volume 36 number 3)

The latest issue of Memories & Dreams Magazine (volume 36 number 3), the official magazine of the Hall of Fame, features a great article about the poster and provides some back story to this piece. Moonalice Art Director Chris Shaw approached Dennis with the offer to design the poster, and also art directed the project.

Read the full story True Work of Art by Craig Muder at hozinc.com on page 13.

 

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Concert to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of
the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 – 8 pm
Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown, NY

VIP tickets for the 75th Anniversary Cooperstown Concert are now available at cooperstownconcert.com. Lawn seating for the concert is free of charge.

Tentative Schedule of Events for August 2
*subject to change
9am – Museum opens
3pm – Ticket holders and lawn seating visitors welcome to arrive at Clark Sports Center
4pm – GRAMMY Museum Roundtable moderated by Mike Veeck and featuring Peter Gammons
5pm – Wounded Warrior Softball Team exhibition contest with special guest at softball field at Clark Sports Center
6pm – Secondary stage entertainment, to be announced
7:45pm – National Anthem, performed by Nikko Smith
8pm – 75th Anniversary Cooperstown Concert begins
10pm – Concert event concludes
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An ongoing live auction to the Concert can be found at cooperstownconcert.com.

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