Moonalice Grail Poster Available at Peoples Art of Portland

4/8/12 Moonalice poster by Chuck Sperry

The Peoples Art of Portland Gallery are currently hosting A Chuck Sperry Retrospective featuring over 250 gig posters, art prints, and political posters by artist Chuck Sperry. To date, Chuck has designed 18 posters in the Moonalice series, and a few of them can be viewed at the gallery.

1/3/11 Moonalice poster by Chuck Sperry

Screen printed Moonalice poster M333, for the three night run starting January 3, 2011 at Slim’s in San Francisco, and Moonalice poster M454, for the Art of Moonalice on April 8, 2012 at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City, including some rare variant editions are included in the show.

Most of the Moonalice posters featured in the Retrospective sold opening night. The only remaining Moonalice poster left for purchase at the time of this writing is The Art of Moonalice – Bronze Variant (pictured below), from a small edition of only 13.

Moonalice Grail (Bronze Variant) poster by Chuck Sperry

Artists Chuck Sperry and Winston Smith Win The Acker Award in Visual Arts

Kathy Acker

We would like to congratulate Moonalice poster artists Chuck Sperry and Winston Smith for winning this year’s Acker Award in Visual Arts.

The Acker Awards is a tribute given to members of the avant garde arts community who have made outstanding contributions in their discipline in defiance of convention, or else served their fellow writers and artists in outstanding ways. The award is named after novelist Kathy Acker who in her life and work exemplified the risk-taking and uncompromising dedication that identifies the true avant garde artist. Acker Awards are granted to both living and deceased members of the New York or San Franisco communities. The cities were chosen for their historic linkage as centers for the avant garde. In time, though, communities in other cities will be asked to participate. The providers of the Acker Awards are Alan Kaufman (San Francisco) and Clayton Patterson (New York City). The recipients were determined through extensive discussion with members of the arts communities in both cities.

This year’s recipients will have the opportunity to both nominate and vote for future recipients of the Acker Awards. 2013 San Francisco recipients of the 2013 Acker Award will gather to receive their award onstage at Viracocha on June 6, 2013, 7-9PM.

Join the event on Facebook for more details.

Directions

Viracocha 998 Valencia St, San Francisco

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New Art Prints by Winston Smith at Varnish Fine Art Available Now

Butterfly Bomber by Winston Smith, 2012

Butterfly Bomber by Winston Smith, 2012

Artist Winston Smith has been busy creating art, as seen in his latest show Seditions at Varnish Fine Art in San Francisco. 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. Winston’s tech­nique of cut­ting out by hand and glu­ing each indi­vid­ual ele­ment has inspired a gen­er­a­tion of artists. Winston continues to created amazing art, including our favorite, Moonalice posters!

His recent work from the Vintage Collage Series at Varnish Fine Art is surreal and not to be missed! If an original Collage is out of your price range, an option of a Giclee print on Somerset Double-Weight Velvet Archival Paper, edition of 100 are available now.

View the complete exhibit at Varnish Fine Art.

Face to Face by Winston Smith, 2012

Face to Face by Winston Smith, 2012

Nightmare by Winston Smith, 2012

Nightmare by Winston Smith, 2012

A Cry From the Depths by Winston Smith, 2012

A Cry From the Depths by Winston Smith, 2012

Trance Ported by Winston Smith, 2012

Trance Ported by Winston Smith, 2012

 

 

Seditions Art Exhibit featuring Winston Smith At Varnish Fine Art

Seditions: Winston Smith & Frank Kozik

Seditions

Winston Smith and Frank Kozik

February 2 – February 23, 2013

Moonalice poster artist Winston Smith is featured with artist Frank Kozik in Seditions, an upcoming art exhibit at Varnish Fine Art in San Francisco. The opening reception for Seditions is Saturday, February 2 from 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.

Exhibition preview available at VarnishFineArt.com

Details

Opening Reception

Saturday, February 2nd, 6-9pm

Be sure  to arrive early and try Gigantic Brewing Company’s The Time Traveler Porter, Winston designed the label for this one!

Time Traveler Porter label designed by Winston Smith, 2013

16 Jessie Street, #C120 – San Francisco, CA
(415) 433-4400

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