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UPDATE: Chuck Sperry & Ron Dono­van each have their own web­site now! Instead of dupli­cat­ing con­tent on their web­sites, this web­site will stay fresh with it’s focus on other posters and art cre­ated at Chuck and Ron’s stu­dio. I’ll try to post con­tent that may not nec­es­sar­ily show up on their web­site, or stuff that con­tains influ­ences of their style of work. This is a not-for-profit vol­un­teer run web­site. I hope you enjoy the con­tent and thanks for stop­ping by! –nc

 

Hangar 18 is a web­site cre­ated by Nick Cer­nak doc­u­ment­ing the day-to-day events that unfold at The Fire­house Kus­tom Rockart Com­pany, home to Chuck Sperry & Ron Dono­van. Process print threads, art events, and other ran­dom cos­mic trans­mis­sions from outer space will be pop­ing up here on a con­tin­u­ous basis so check back often and feel free to leave comments.

An Exerpt from Art of Mod­ern Rock about Fire­house:
FIREHOUSE, based in San Fran­cisco, is a supremely rene­gade printshop, a part­ner­ship of two mas­ter screen print­ers, Chuck Sperry and Ron Dono­van. Sperry is a hot-button car­toon­ist from the polit­i­cal ‘zine and post-Zap Comix tra­di­tion, while Dono­van does wheel­ies on their computer.

CHUCK SPERRY: “Ron Dono­van, my part­ner in Fire­house, and I travel to Europe all the time, and we see a resur­gence of silkscreen print­ing there as well as here. There’re so many peo­ple involved with it now! I think it’s taken on a sort of magic qual­ity, par­tially because it’s becom­ing demys­ti­fied. When peo­ple first watch us silkscreen it seems very tech­ni­cal; there are a lot of chem­i­cals involved, and pro­ce­dures, and prepa­ra­tions, blah, blah, blah. But when you walk them through the process, they real­ize they can han­dle the basic ele­ments fairly eas­ily. You can’t imme­di­ately mas­ter the art form, but you can get a grip on it. It’s then you learn there are many steps you can take along the way to get bet­ter and bet­ter at it.

“What peo­ple like is that they’re really push­ing ink around. It’s direct head-to-hands process. What you’re doing is com­ing right out of your hands. When I first encoun­tered the com­puter I wished I could just reach into the mon­i­tor, grab stuff directly and move it around. In effect that’s what you get good at with a com­puter, but you never feel it exactly. In prep­ping mate­ri­als for screen print­ing, and in the print­ing process itself, you feel every­thing. It’s like there is a phys­i­cal dia­log between the human will and the mate­r­ial you’re work­ing with. It’s push­ing and pulling. Wrestling, even.