The Guns of August — Friday the 15th

On August 9, 2014, in News, by chick

Grant’s Tomb Gallery marks the 100th Anniver­sary of the begin­ning of The Great War

Fri­day, August 15 7pm-10pm OPENING RECEPTION
Sat­ur­day, August 16  Noon-6pm  •  Sun­day, August 17  Noon-3pm


About the Show…

San Fran­cisco, Ca, August 15, 2014 – Grant’s Tomb Gallery in North Beach will be host­ing a show to mark the Hun­dredth Anniver­sary of the begin­ning of World War One fea­tur­ing poster and col­lage art in The Guns of August!, Fea­tur­ing the Social Real­ist work of Erik Chipchase, the show also incor­po­rates works from notable col­lage artists Win­ston Smith and Rene Apal­lec. Guns of August! opens Fri­day, August 15, 2014.

This era has always fas­ci­nated me visu­ally,” admits artist Erik Chipchase, “with the jux­ta­po­si­tion of the new 20th Cen­tury tech­nol­ogy and the pet­ri­fied mil­i­tary cul­ture of the 19th Cen­tury. In 1914, a sil­hou­ette of a French offi­cer had scarcely changed since The Crimean War in 1830, except for the medals. Mod­ern war­fare had not yet made its impression.”

The Great War is also sig­nif­i­cant in the art world for spawn­ing the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Dadaist and Cubist move­ments, which will be well rep­re­sented by Win­ston Smith and Rene Apallec.

The French have a say­ing, “plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose,” which trans­lates roughly as “the more it changes, the more it remains the same”. As the media head­lines focus on places like Rus­sia and the Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, and the Middle-East, one does not have to look very far to find the ori­gins of com­plex, con­vo­luted con­flicts occur­ring in our mod­ern world.

The show high­lights images from the begin­ning of the war, before most of the icono­graphic events ever occurred. In 1914, there were no trenches and no chem­i­cal war­fare. How­ever, there were Zep­pelins, Armoured Rolls Royces, large bat­tle­ships, and mas­sive guns.

Please join Grant’s Tomb Gallery for The Guns of August! Open­ing Party on Fri­day, August 15th, from 7pm to 10 pm, or come by Sat­ur­day, August 16th, from 12 – 6pm, and Sun­day, August 17th, from 12 – 3pm.

Grant’s Tomb Gallery in North Beach, ded­i­cated to col­lage and con­tem­po­rary art, is located at 50-A Ban­nam Alley (off Union near Grant in the heart of North Beach) in San Fran­cisco. For more details, visit


For more infor­ma­tion contact:

Erik Chipchase, Artist

PO Box 2943, Petaluma, CA 94953


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After doing sold-out and atten­dance smash­ing art shows world­wide, Shep­ard Fairey and Art Alliance have turned their atten­tion to Chicago. Assem­bling one of the largest art shows ever done, Art Alliance: The Provo­ca­teurs, fea­tures trail­blaz­ers of the art world such as Shep­ard Fairey, Swoon, HAZE, Space Invader, Dzine, Mark Moth­ers­baugh, FAILE, Ryan McGin­ness, Win­ston Smith, RETNA, Stan­ley Don­wood, Mon­ica Cani­lao, Clare Rojas, Este­van Oriol, Evan Hecox, Gary Pan­ter, Jen Stark, Camille Rose Gar­cia, Revok, Cleon Peter­son, D*Face, WK Inter­act and many others.

The show will be far more than a typ­i­cal exhi­bi­tion by com­bin­ing world class art with expe­ri­en­tial and inter­ac­tive com­po­nents such as: music, pub­lic art, panel dis­cus­sions, char­i­ties, local com­mu­nity inter­ests, and education.

In 2014, the Art Alliance: The Provo­ca­teurs exhi­bi­tion will take place dur­ing, and in part­ner­ship with, Lol­la­palooza, one of the largest music fes­ti­vals in the world, which draws hun­dreds of thou­sands of cul­tur­ally sophis­ti­cated and cre­atively curi­ous vis­i­tors to Chicago each sum­mer. The energy and vibrance of our selected visual artists par­al­lels that of the musi­cians who rock the fes­ti­val every year. Cross pol­li­nat­ing with the Fes­ti­val guar­an­tees that the art show will reach beyond the all-too-often nar­row audi­ence for art.

Addi­tion­ally, the exhibit will fea­ture live music and a Sat­ur­day night After­show to com­ple­ment the rev­o­lu­tion­ary spirit of the art in The Provocateurs.

Click here for more info and to pur­chase tickets.


The Art and Allure of the Record Album

On July 13, 2014, in News, by chick

with Boing Boing and Noise Pop

Fri­day, July 18, 2014, 7–8:30 pm

Oak­land Museum of California



vinyl-records-2Decades 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.

More info at Oak­land Museum of California

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