Seditions — Winston Smith & Frank Kozik

FEBRUARY 2 — FEBRUARY 23, 2013
Seditions
Open­ing Recep­tion: Sat­ur­day Feb­ru­ary 2, 6-9pm

Var­nish Fine Art

16 Jessie Street, #C120
San Fran­cisco, CA 94105
(415)433‑4400

 

Now serv­ing… Gigan­tic Brew­ing Company’s The Time Trav­eler Porter!   Label by Win­ston.       Arrive early to be sure to get some!

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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!

The Art of Moonalice Returns to Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday October 28

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

Sean Mackaoui

The Helium Safari:

The Aston­ish­ing Col­lage Art of Sean Mackaoui

With addi­tional mon­tage art by Win­ston Smith

 

Fri­day, Octo­ber 19th  7pm-10pm

 

Grant’s Tomb

50-A Ban­nam Alley,  North Beach,  San Francisco

Click here for direc­tions to the gallery.

 

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

Free Admis­sion

The Beginning of the End

Fast, Cheap & Easy Graph­ics and Grant’s Tomb Gallery present…

 

The Begin­ning of the End:

Ronald Reagan’s Legacy

 

Fea­tur­ing:

Fast, Cheap & Easy Graphics

Win­ston Smith

Ron Dono­van

Jon-Paul Bail

 

Fri­day, Octo­ber 5th 6pm-10pm

 

Warhol Reagan

 

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
Free Admis­sion

 

Grant’s Tomb
50-A Ban­nam Alley, North Beach, San Francisco

Fast, Cheap & Easy Graphics

New to Winston’s Shop

Insect Music Exhibition

Pene­lope Rose­mont • Den­nis Cun­ning­ham • Win­ston Smith

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

 

Moon­al­ice Posters

Art Direc­tion:  Chris Shaw

12 3/4″ x 17 1/4″  Poster on heavy­weight paper.

 

Moonalice Poster,  July 2012Moonalice Poster,  April 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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.

 

Primus Poster

Hand-screened by Mono­lith Press, Alameda CA.  Lim­ited Edi­tion of 200.

18″ x 24″ • CMYK 4-color silkscreen • Signed and numbered.


6. Primus Poster, June 14 2012.

Fea­tur­ing “Brain Child” art by Win­ston Smith. Type­set­ting by Zoltron.




$65 + Ship­ping
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Lim­ited Edi­tion Prints

Archival on Som­er­set Double-Weight Vel­vet.  Lim­ited Edi­tion of 100.

12″ x 18″ • Signed and num­bered.  •  Comes with Cer­tifi­cate of Authenticity

Singing in the Reign of Terror, 20127.  “Singing in the Reign of Ter­ror” 2012




$99 + Shipping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Col­lect all 7 Releases plus a sur­prise bonus!  Value $234

Shipped via USPS Pri­or­ity Mail in a Heavy-duty 5″ Diam­e­ter Tube.

 




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Insect Music

 

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.

 

INSECT MUSIC

Fri­day, July 27 •  7pm — 10pm

 

JUST ADDED:

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!

 

Also…

Sat­ur­day, July 28

Pene­lope Rose­mont in con­ver­sa­tion with
V. Vale of RE/Search Publications

4pm-6pm

 

at Grant’s Tomb,

North Beach, San Fran­cisco, CA
 

 

Artists will be in attendance.

Food • Bev­er­age • Art

Free Admis­sion

 

About the Artists

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.