Sep 7 2011

High Volume: Rock Art From The Chuck Sperry Archive

includ­ing The Firehouse-Goldenvoice Poster Series

An auburn-haired songstress holds a fawn. Shock­ing magenta hair falls to the shoul­ders of a blue nude strapped with artillery. A 1950s-model cop car rests peace­fully at the bot­tom of the sea, washed in blues and pur­ples reveal­ing a silent white angel. Each out­stand­ing print on dis­play rep­re­sents a promi­nent rock band. Each was cre­ated by Chuck Sperry.

In early 2011, Chuck Sperry, San Fran­cisco artist and co-owner of Fire­house Kus­tom Rockart Com­pany, made an unprece­dented dona­tion to the Library’s Art, Music and Recre­ation Depart­ment of over one hun­dred lim­ited edi­tion, hand-printed rock art posters. Offi­cially enti­tled, The Chuck Sperry Archive, this col­lec­tion com­pre­hen­sively doc­u­ments the Gold­en­voice Music Series (at the Regency and Warfield The­aters) from 2008 to present, as well as selected Fire­house pro­duc­tiv­ity related to the cultural-life of San Francisco.

This col­lec­tion is excit­ing in both use of color and vari­ety of con­tent. Each silkscreen print is com­prised of up to six­teen col­ors, applied as indi­vid­ual lay­ers. The pieces ref­er­ence styles rang­ing from Japan­ese nishiki-e, Aus­trian Expres­sion­ism, 1960s psy­che­delia, to the provoca­tive punk poster tra­di­tion of Sperry’s youth.  Musi­cians such as Neko Case, Danzig, Bad Reli­gion, Nick Cave, Soundgar­den and The Black Keys are rep­re­sented, as are a tal­ented group of Bay Area graphic artists (Ron Dono­van, Alex Fis­cher, Gregg Gor­don, John HowardDave Hunter, Alan Hynes, Scott John­son, Den­nis Loren, Chris Shaw, Frank Zio, & Zoltron) who con­tributed to the Fire­house Gold­en­voice Poster series under the art direc­tion of Chuck Sperry.

High Vol­ume Open­ing Recep­tion

Thurs­day, Octo­ber 20th from 6–7 pm
Latino/Hispanic Room A & B

High Vol­ume will be on dis­play at the San Fran­cisco Pub­lic Library
Octo­ber 7th, 2011 – Jan­u­ary 6th, 2012 on the 4th floor.


Feb 9 2011

Social Distortion at The Warfield poster by Frank Zio

Social Distortion poster by Frank Zio

Social Dis­tor­tion with Chuck Ragan, Lucero, & Aggro­lites at The Warfield poster by Frank Zio

Fire­house Gold­en­voice Poster Series No. 128

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