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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.
Viracocha 998 Valencia St, San Francisco
The Plymouth Community Arts Center is hosting a Rock Poster Exhibit featuring work from Gary Grimshaw and artists for the band Moonalice. The exhibit runs from February 9 through 28, 2013.
Opening reception is Saturday, February 9th from 7:00 — 9:00pm.
If you are unfamiliar with Moonalice, everyone who attends a Moonalice show receives a free gig poster from that event. The Moonalice Poster Series, which began in 2007, now features well over 550 posters from the finest artists in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Moonalice artists who have artwork featured in this exhibit include Moonalice Art Director Chris Shaw, Alexandra Fischer, David Singer, Chuck Sperry, Ron Donovan, & Darrin Brenner. Some of the posters featured in the exhibit are pictured below. ☮
Plymouth Arts Center 774 N. Sheldon Road, Plymouth, MI
Due to the storm, the show was moved up to 3pm so everyone in attendance could return home safely before the Frankenstorm named Sandy. Shortly after the Moonalice artists returned to their hotel to buckle down before the storm, a crane collapsed that was across the street from the hotel. The NYFP informed the hotel management that everyone had to be evacuated as we were in harms way. With only a couple hours before the storm was to arrive, everyone was ordered to pack up their things and head down to the lobby and wait for further instructions.
The Tribe was in great hands and together in groups, we walked to our new destination on 7th Avenue, The Sheraton. Walking to the hotel was thankfully uneventful, as there was more than rain falling that night. Art Director Chris Shaw was out snapping pictures of the swinging crane and the strong winds blew some slabs of granite from the skyscrapers loose. All of a sudden pieces of marble came crashing down, narrowly missing him and Chuck Sperry, check out the video below — you can hear a loud crash! There was also a close call for Alexandra Fischer, how was standing directly under this crane when it collapsed.
Better to play it safe and spend some time in the new digs. It took no time for the Moonalice Artists to make the new hotel feel like home. Before you knew it the food, drinks, and creative energy were flowing again! There were many adventures to be had, complete with a hotel party in John Seabury’s room!
Many heartfelt stories were exchanged over meals spent together after the storm had passed, everyone was lucky to be healthy and alive. We are so grateful to Moonalice for taking such amazing care of us, words can’t express the love we all felt. The Moonalice poster artists wanted to share some of their experiences with you, below are some pictures and video for you to enjoy! Dennis Loren even wrote a song! Download the lyrics here: Waiting For Sandy by Dennis Loren
Photographs from Alexandra Fischer
Photographs from Carolyn Ferris
Photographs & Video from Chris Shaw
Photographs from Dave Hunter
Photographs from Dennis Loren
Photographs from Gary Houston
Photograph & Video from Nick Cernak
Photographs from John Mavroudis
Photographs from Stanley Mouse
Illustration & Words from Wes Wilson
When it came over the television news we were also drawing with each other. When I remembered earlier noticing ‘a crane’ out my window and across the street I jumped up to take a quick look at the one out the window. Since our hotel window view was from below and a different angle I noticed that it was similar — so Johnny and Lee took a look too — and lo and behold! it was the same one that was dangling in the wind in the television news!!! Right away everybody except me took off - they had to check it out first hand — out there on the street. I thought it best to stay put since I knew that anything could be anytime suddenly clanging down at 32 feet per second from upwards of the 80th floor above. Several hours earlier,I was startled awake by a loud noise. It sounded like a substantial piece of pipe or metal had hit the pavement below. Construction materials were being blown off very high up open walled construction sites that hadn’t been adequately tied down. Winds strong enough to tear off heavy canvas tarps, bend and pry construction cranes off their mountings, were also peeling any loose stuff off tall buildings. These odds and ends were occasionally crashing into the streets and sidewalks below. This made it very dangerous to be outside. At one point a chunk of rock-like hard black material came down — impacting too close to Alex and Chris for comfort! I’ve saved a piece as a souvenir.. This was why, during Sandy, even the streets outside our upper Manhattan hotel were one of the danger zones. I’ve got a drawing that was stopped at the time the news redirected our attention from then on.
All The Best To You All!
– Wes Wilson.
Thank You to everyone who came out for The Art of Moonalice at Brooklyn Bowl on October 28th. It was great to meet so many fans, the event was amazing despite the hurricane. (More on that soon) Enjoy these pictures, we hope to see you at the next Art of Moonalice!
The Art of Moonalice
An exhibit of Rock Posters created for the band Moonalice.
Moonalice is a band that commissions a poster for every gig and gives them away for free. Since the band’s formation in 2007, Moonalice has produced a unique series of almost 550 original gig posters with artwork from over 20 artists.
Moonalice posters feature artwork from many of the legendary poster artists of the psychedelic 60’s as well as today’s top rock poster artists. Moonalice is a band that lets poster artists do what they do best — make art! Unencumbered by standard constraints, Moonalice posters are as diverse as the artists who create them.
On Sunday, October 28, 2012, Moonalice proudly presents their 2nd poster show at the Brooklyn Bowl. The full series of Moonalice posters will be on display and available for purchase at this FREE East Coast event. Many Moonalice poster artists will be attending the event in-person. The poster show opens at noon, Moonalice’s concert will follow the poster show in the evening. Join the event on Facebook!
SUNDAY — October 28, 2012
Doors open at Noon!
Artists in attendance:
Wes Wilson • Alexandra Fischer
David Singer • Stanley Mouse
Chris Shaw • John Mavroudis
Dennis Larkins • Dave Hunter
Dennis Loren • John Seabury
Chuck Sperry • Wendy Wright
Carolyn Ferris • Gary Houston
Darrin Brenner • Winston Smith
Lee Conklin • Lauren Yurkovich
George and Patricia Sargent
BROOKLYN BOWL 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY