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Chuck Sperry’s poster art is in an exhibition as part of La Fete du Graphisme sponsored by the French Government and the City of Paris. The exhibition entitled “Gig Posters : 150 affiches underground américaines contemporaines” is at Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design, 34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, and brings together artists from the underground movement.

Les Docks, Cité de la Mode et du Design
34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
January 30 to February 2, 2014 – 10 h / 19 h.

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MATS-SHOW

 “EYE will devour everything in SIGHT”

Mats Stromberg Solo Show

at Hangar 18 Studio Gallery

1428 34th Street, Oakland, CA

Opening: Friday, February 7, 2014 • 6 pm to 11 pm

Show: February 7 to February 28 (by appointment)

Hangar 18 is very proud to present “EYE will devour everything in SIGHT” a solo exhibition of Mats Stromberg’s extraordinary paintings and art prints. San Francisco underground art heavy-weight Mats Stromberg will be exhibiting dozens of new paintings, prints, and books – including a new series of amazing lenticular pieces, which will be made available to the public for the first time at the opening on February 7, 2014 at 6 pm to 11 pm.

Mats Stromberg (Mats!?), celebrated underground artist, lives in Oakland and works as a silkscreen printer in San Francisco.

Mats was born of Swedish nationality. He grew up with a love of comic books which gives his art an iconographic pop vocabulary, drawn from this popular medium, which he subverts, layers and re-sequences at the command of his surrealistic imagination.  Mats paints, prints and continues to publish hand-made, screen printed art comics with titles like: Ragu, Prego, S’not for Kids, SickoEyesore, Asiaddict, and the upcoming Burmese Daze.

His art graces the cover of “Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo,” the 500 page encyclopedic chronicle of San Francisco Mural Art and Street Art; Mats Stromberg is very active on the streets, just having finished a large mural in Clarion Alley in late 2013, and has painted countless murals in San Francisco.

Hangar 18 is a showcase for artwork in the unique setting of Chuck Sperry’s screen printing studio in Oakland. The H18 Project is an ongoing pop up gallery where we present collectors with a unique studio experience, visiting the iconic Bay Area artist Chuck Sperry and artists who have collaborated with or influenced him.

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“The Pornographer’s Daughter”
21.25 x 32.5
Edition of 125
5 colors on archival cream paper
Signed and Numbered

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“The Pornographer’s Daughter”
21.25 x 32.5
Gold Edition of 15
5 colors on heavy metallic gold paper
Signed and Numbered

Sold Out – Thank You!

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (6 January, 2014) – Renowned rock art illustrator Chuck Sperry has designed an original poster for the World Premiere of Liberty Bradford Mitchell’s THE PORNOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER.  In this edgy slice of San Francisco history, Mitchell tells the story of growing up on the fringes of an X-rated world as the daughter of notorious pornography pioneer Artie Mitchell.  Sperry, famed for his rock art illustrations and posters for dozens of artists including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Gogol Bordello, Bob Dylan, The Black Keys, Widespread Panic, and Nick Cave, has created a one-of-a-kind graphic based on a photo of Mitchell taken by photographer Gary Bossier when she was 16 years old, during a shoot coordinated by her father’s then-girlfriend (and O’Farrell Theatre performer) Missy Manners.  THE PORNOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER plays January 17 – February 16, 2014, at Z Below, 470 Florida St in San Francisco.  Press opening is 8pm Wednesday, January 22.  For tickets ($32), the public may visit www.PDtheplay.com.

“I’m thrilled to be involved in this project,” said Sperry.  “Liberty’s story is fascinating to those who know the story of the Mitchell brothers as well as those who don’t, and I’m excited to be part of this fantastic collaboration.”  One of the few remaining contemporary poster artists who silkscreens all of his prints by hand, Sperry will make a very limited release of the hand screened edition of this poster on his website, www.chucksperry.net on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at a random time, to coincide with the world premier weekend of THE PORNOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER.

Chuck Sperry lives in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, where he’s been creating his particular style of rock poster designs for over 15 years.  His work has been exhibited at leading San Francisco art institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, as well as internationally from Athens to Argentina, Bristol to Belgrade – most recently featured in the three week Italian tour of The Flowers of Popular Victories exhibition.  With prints archived by the Achenbach Graphics Arts Council, San Francisco Public Library, United States Library of Congress, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and artistry featured in projects for Virgin Megastore, Guitar Center, Random House, Harvard University Press, Nylon, Wired, and more, Sperry has established a unique style of rock poster art that has earned him worldwide recognition and praise.  He has been featured in documentaries for film and television in the United States, Europe, and Australia, including the 2009 documentary film “American Artifact.”

Notorious for entertaining a stream of celebrities, politicians, and artists at their XXX movie theatre and strip club, The Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theatre, Artie and Jim Mitchell capitalized on the “free love” movement of the 1970s. Their “Behind the Green Door,” one of the first feature-length porn films ever made, earned a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival and sparked a new wave of adult entertainment.  The party ended in February 1991 when Jim shot and killed Artie.  In THE PORNOGRAPHER’S DAUGHTER, Artie’s eldest child Liberty Bradford Mitchell recounts this unique slice of San Francisco history with a first-hand perspective, from her counter-culture beginnings, growing up and coming of age in the wings of the porn industry, through surviving the surreal aftermath of her father’s murder at the hands of her uncle Jim.  Joining Mitchell on stage will be San Francisco rock band The Fluffers, providing a driving soundtrack of music from the ‘60s to the ‘80s and beyond.

“The Pornographer’s Daughter”

Written and Performed by Liberty Bradford Mitchell

Directed by Michael T. Weiss

January 17 – February 16, 2014

Press Night: 8pm Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Previews: January 17-19 (no preview 10:30pm Fri, Jan 17)

Shows: Thursdays: 8:00pm • Fridays and Saturdays: 8:00pm, 10:30pm • Sundays: 5:00pm

Z Below, 470 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

TICKETS: $32 (general admission)

For information or to order tickets visit www.PDtheplay.com.

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Edwardian Ball 2014 at The Regency
Two-sheet Silkscreen Poster
20 x 58
Edition of 125
Each part is 3 colors on archival cream paper
Signed and Numbered (matched numbers top and bottom)

Sold Out – Thank You!

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I had a lot of fun making this design, and it’s always a pleasure to work with Justin Katz, Edwardian Ball impresario!

This two-sheet poster is a match to my 2011 Edwardian Ball poster, so now there are 2 times, two-sheets for this remarkable, annual event. Two-sheet posters were used for public advertising in Edwardian times, so it’s fun (and ever so appropriate) for me to revisit this format.

THE EDWARDIAN BALL is an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus, and the beloved creations of the late, great author Edward Gorey. Set in Edwardian times, this multi-media festival has grown over the past decade from a small underground club night into an internationally recognized event, even earning the blessing of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Costumed and enthusiastic attendees, traveling from as far as Australia, Japan, and the UK, flock to this San Francisco tradition for a delightful blend of ballroom dancing, live music, riveting stage shows, DJs, fine art galleries, a vending marketplace, absinthe cocktails, steam machinery, parlour games, sideshows, and more. All ages are welcome and appropriate in this darkly humorous and elegant setting, where literary aficionados rub elbows with insect-like creatures parading on stilts where historically-accurate Edwardian recreationists waltz by a steam-powered tea garden where the only guiding rule is that you join in on the fun!

The Edwardian Ball has been called the quintessential must-not-miss event of the year, a defining annual San Francisco tradition, and literary circus of the highest caliber for good reason, come see for yourself!

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