When I got the task of making a David Byrne’s poster it made me pause for a moment, “Better think outside the box or do something different”, I thought. Well… I always wanted to do a silkscreened poster without any black, like some of the turn of the 20 century lithographs. I had never done that before and this artwork in my opinion just lent itself to that concept. Also, what I really like about the resulting print, is that since there isn’t any black overprinting in the poster, you can see the color trapping, which creates a visible, secondary, colored line-work. The punchy Firehouse metallics of cause give it an amazing modern look My drawing, which is adapted from a sketch found in an old german magazine, needed lots of love and attention, before it was able to be brought back to life again in this century. I just loved the concept for David Byrne & St. Vincent, again, because it’s a little weird and it’s upside down, as well as beautiful and alluring. We printed an edition of 150 posters for the show at The Orpheum Theater in San Francisco, CA on October 15th, 2012. It’s silkscreened in 3 colors, at the Hangar 18 in Oakland, CA, and wouldn’t have been possible without the gracious and expert work & help of Chuck Sperry. The poster is 17.25″ x 27.75″, printed on cougar stock and is #168 in the FHGV series. As always the edition is signed and numbered.
David Byrne & St. Vincent
October 15th, 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre
Poster Size: 17.25“w x 27.75“h
Edition: 150 signed & numbered
Stock: Cougar 100 lb
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Occupy Bay Area
July 7-October 14, 2012
$10 Regular, $8 Students, Seniors, Discount
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.
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.
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.
Jesus Barraza; Robert Bechtle; R. Black; D. Ross Cameron; Melanie Cervantes; Ray Chavez; Li Chen; Sergio de la Torre; Zerena Diaz; Cannon Dill; Emory Douglas; Eric Drooker; Kota Ezawa; Alexandra Fischer; Dave Garcia; Rupert Garcia; Shirin Ghatfay; Ronnie Goodman; Ilka Hartmann; Brandon Hill; Brandon Jourdan; Jason Justice; Mike Koozmin; Suzanne Lacy; Stewart Long (Public Laboratory); Steven Marcus; Sanaz Mazinani; Gabby Miller, Miriam Klein Stahl and Matt Runkle; “Indian Joe” Morris; moyah pravda; Nuclear Winter Art; Occupy Design; Laura A. Oda; Thomas Pendergast; Political Gridlock; Cristy C. Roads; Favianna Rodriguez; Rachael Romero; Be Scofield; Chris Shaw; Jenny Sherman; Colin Smith; Winston Smith; Chuck Sperry; Eric Stewart; Sheila Tully; Jane Tyska; Gregoire Vion; Xavier Viramontes; Megan Wilson; Ewen Wright; Fred Zaw; unknown artists