May you need multiple baskets for all yer eggs!
Art: Bunny Kong © Winston Smith 2002
Art: Bunny Kong © Winston Smith 2002
Winston Smith and Grant’s Tomb Gallery present
a small show of prints by Gee Vaucher. With additional artwork by Winston Smith.
About Gee Vaucher
East London born Gee Vaucher started gaining recognition producing politically outspoken record covers for anarcho-punk band Crass in the late 1970s. Her work became a strong influence for protest art as well as the punk and anarchist aesthetic of her time. Using her diverse interest in all forms of art, she produced paintings and collages that exposed the absurdity and hypocrisy of ‘civilised’ society with frank and often disturbing imagery.
After Crass disbanded Vaucher moved away from overt world politics and started producing work of a more personal nature, exploring the psychological diversity and delema of social inter-relationships. Vaucher’s work is hard-hitting with a gripping aesthetic and has been exhibited internationally as well as being included in a number of books and publications.
Gee’s Full Bay Area Itinerary:
Friday, March 15 — “First Impressions” at Grant’s Tomb at 7pm
Saturday, March 16 & Sunday March 17 — Anarchist Book Fair at the Armory Community Center from 10am-6pm
Tuesday, March 19th — With Penny Rembaud at City Lights Bookshop at 7pm
FEBRUARY 2 — FEBRUARY 23, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday February 2, 6-9pm
16 Jessie Street, #C120
San Francisco, CA 94105
Now serving… Gigantic Brewing Company’s The Time Traveler Porter! Label by Winston. Arrive early to be sure to get some!
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 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.
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.
Exhibition Preview Coming Soon!
Art: “Time’s Up” © Winston Smith 2004
Check out the photos we took at the Brooklyn Bowl poster show. Click here…
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
Also featuring artwork by:
Ron Donovan • Claude Shade • Grace Slick
BROOKLYN BOWL 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
With additional montage art by Winston Smith
50-A Bannam Alley, North Beach, San Francisco
About the Artist:
Sean Mackaoui likes to cut and paste in his much-loved adopted home town of Madrid, Spain. His work has adorned newspapers and magazines (El Mundo, The Herald Tribune, Courrier International, The Sunday Times Magazine, El Canto de la Tripulacion, La Folha de Sao Paulo), dripped off posters (Centro Dramatico Nacional, Spain or Biennale du Cinéma Espagnol de Annecy, France), graced wine labels, adorned book covers, dressed up T-shirts, sold shoes, animated TV spots.… basically anywhere they let him put a collage!
He has exhibited his personal work in galleries around Europe, and occasionally pieces have been known to cross the Atlantic to the shores of the American continent. His proudest recent achievement was to be awarded an Honorary Director’s roll on the board of the San Francisco Collage Centre. For more information, please visit mackaoui.com. Thank you and Gracias.
Artists will be in attendance.
Food • Beverage • Art
About the show:
Ronald Reagan served as the 40th president of the United States from January, 1981 until January, 1989. Out of office for over twenty years, the policies he instituted plague us to this day.
The Beginning of the End looks at Ronald Reagan’s legacy with both the immediacy of pieces from the era, and from new works with the advantage of hindsight.
Artists will be in attendance.
Food • Beverage • Art
If you didn’t get to attend the exhibition, you can still get the catalog and posters.
1. Insect Music Catalog — 16 Page Full Color Booklet with Illustrations and Photographs commemorating the exhibition at Grant’s Tomb. $15 + Shipping
2. Insect Music Poster — 12“x18” full color poster on 100# matte cover stock.
Features “What a Man!” art by Penelope Rosemont. $10 + Shipping
3. Insect Music Poster — 12“x18” full color poster on 100# matte cover stock.
Features “Swarm!” art by Winston Smith. $10 + Shipping
12 3/4″ x 17 1/4″ Poster on heavyweight paper.
4. Moonalice Poster, July 18th 2012. Featuring “Enigma of the Moon” art by Winston Smith. $20 + Shipping.
5. Moonalice Poster, April 21 2012. Featuring “By a Hare’s Breath” art by Winston Smith. $20 + Shipping.
18″ x 24″ • CMYK 4-color silkscreen • Signed and numbered.
Featuring “Brain Child” art by Winston Smith. Typesetting by Zoltron.
$65 + Shipping
12″ x 18″ • Signed and numbered. • Comes with Certificate of Authenticity
7. “Singing in the Reign of Terror” 2012
$99 + Shipping
Shipped via USPS Priority Mail in a Heavy-duty 5″ Diameter Tube.
$175 + $15 Shipping and Handling. Tax applies for California Residents.
Pre-Order the 16-Page Catalog Now! Just $9.95 plus shipping.The greatest effects are often produced by the smallest causes. —Lautréamont
This small show may be one of the most important collage shows ever, it demonstrates the marvels that can be created with the materials at hand, those objects and images manufactured and quickly rejected by the society of the spectacle in its never ending cycle. Sometimes these images have been part of the repressive infrastructure…religion, advertizing. Collage restores their sense of wonder, their true connection with the marvelous. By creating a new balance, we refresh our own minds. Not only can we liberate these images and objects, we can imagine, and even create, liberated futures.
Flavors of Spain and Argentina by way of tacos: Piperades, sofrito, stuffed olives, cheeses, Chick-made salsas and saladas. Refreshing beverages will also be offered. All for the low low price of…well… Free! Come early before they disappear. (Just bring some foldin’ money for the donation box.)
And bring your plastic for art purchases. We accept all four major credit cards thanks to Square. (Oh how we love Square.)
See you there!
Penelope Rosemont, Dennis Cunningham and Winston Smith embody the creative energy of collage each in their own unique way — a difference that demonstrates the incredible power of collage.
Penelope Rosemont is a long-time surrealist, whose recent book is Dreams & Every-day Life. She met André Breton and the surrealist group in Paris in the 1960’s, and is showing collages she calls “insect music.” These are a light-hearted adventure, provoking thoughts on “sizeism.” That is relative scale and the different worlds that exist all around us. A pluriverse, characters that seldom have a chance to meet or interact except in collage. A newt and Marilyn Monroe, a preying-mantis and African masks.
Dennis Cunningham, more famous for his work as defender of Black Panthers, Judi Bari, and prisoners has long made assemblages of found objects. Cunningham’s creatures are not intellectual abstractions, cold and remote, as much of sculpture is; his creatures are personal, humorous, beautiful. Like life they have plenty of rough edges, like living beings they long for each others’ company. To be with them is to be possessed by good demons…eudaimonia. Their presence projects and brings good fortune.
Winston Smith is considered by some as one of the more influential modern-day collagists. His works embody, without effort, warm humor and black humor, détournement and fantasy. His collages of the happy people of the 1950’s combine with images and titles that shock one’s sensibility.