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Spoke Art Gallery is making a very limited online release of the regular edition of my art print today Friday, October 17, 2014.

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Take a look at Spoke Art online store to acquire prints by Handiedan, Erik Jones and Steve Thomas! 

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“Mimi de Montmartre”
18 x 24
Edition of 25
9 colors on oak panel (framed)
Signed and Numbered
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A limited number of this edition of oak panels will be available through Modern Eden Gallery from October 18 until November 1, 2014.
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“Le Chat Noir”
Modern Eden Gallery
801 Greenwich Street, San Francisco
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Opening Reception: Saturday October 18, 2014 6-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 18 – November 1, 2014
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Featuring: Ransom & Mitchell, Lacey Bryant, Carly Janine Mazur, Leilani Bustamante, Laura Buss, Chuck Sperry, Ania Tomicka, Amandalynn, Leon Loucheur, Justin Hopkins, Sheri DeBow, Jessica L.L Dalva, Megan Buccere, Caitlin Hackett, Carolyn Weber, Kurtis Rykovich, Mandy Tsung, Robert Bowen, Erica Calardo, Simona Candini, Lucy Yu, Syd Bee, Marc Le Rest, Brianna Angelakis, Jaclyn Alderete, Christina Mrozik & Zoe Keller.
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Modern Eden Gallery asked me to be in their group show, “Le Chat Noir,” in tribute to the fin de siècle Paris night club, known by the famous black cat poster art of Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen. Le Chat Noir, which was situated in Paris’ Montmartre district, was the forerunner of all night club entertainment, and by corollary the forerunner of most night-life and rock concert entertainment. This form of popular, public musical expression found it’s beginning in the 19th Century club Le Chat Noir. Of particular importance to me and my work, is that Le Chat Noir’s events were often commemorated with the world’s first posters by the very first poster artists. It’s history is also the history of poster art.
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There is a very subtle Japanese flavor to this piece (the figure wears a simple kimono, there is a distinct flattening and simplification of line and form, the use of pattern, and graphic black silhouette of the hair, hat, flowers and feather) which reflects the influence of the much older traditions of Japanese printing, poster art and aesthetics in the fin de siècle poster artists of France, current at the time of Le Chat Noir.
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My piece “Mimi de Montmartre” reflects my connection to contemporary Paris night life, pays tribute to the roots of the world’s night club scene, while paying tribute to the roots of the poster medium.
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I was introduced to the rock’n’roll night club scene in Paris through the friends of Born Bad Records, where I had my one of first Paris shows in 2005, on my poster tour promoting the new book “The Art of Modern Rock.” Born Bad is at the heart of the Parisian rock’n’roll underground. I was introduced to Born Bad by expatriate artist Sunny Buick (formerly from San Francisco). I have participated in numerous shows in a myriad of Paris night clubs (and galleries), year after year, since my introduction to this really great group of friends and rockers.
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Mimi de Montmartre is a well-known, rock’n’roll burlesque dancer who performs onstage with many of the best underground Paris rock acts today. I felt it would be cool to re-imagine my friend Mimi as a 19th Century entertainer, as if she were on a poster for Le Chat Noir. After all, she is Mimi de Montmartre, I couldn’t think of Le Chat Noir, the most famous Montmartre institution, without thinking of her.
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I printed this very limited edition of 25 pieces on white oak panel, in seven conventional colors, and two custom mixed interference colors (violet and green) which I mixed into a clear base from dry pigment powder. Overlayed on the dark black of her hair and hat silhouette, the interference colors have a very subtle opalescent sheen which refracts light against the light absorbing medium of a black (or light absorbing) ground.
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The background pattern for my art piece is inspired by the wooden Chat Noir effigy which stood above the door of the famous club. I encountered the actual wooden cat head effigy last summer at the Musée de Montmartre in Paris (you may have seen photos from my visit to the museum last summer, if you follow my instagram), and it made it’s way into this piece as a background pattern.
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PangeaSeed and Chuck Sperry are pleased to announce the ninth print release of the 2014 print suite “HOME: A Fine Art Print Suite for Threatened Ocean Habitats”. September’s print release helping to raise awareness for estuaries and the species that call this fragile environment “home.”

PANGEA WEB

Artist: Chuck Sperry
Title: “Oceanid”
Habitat: Estuaries
Printmaker: designed and printed by Chuck Sperry at Hangar 18 in Oakland, California.
Print details: 7 colors on archival cream paper
Dimensions: 31”x 21” inch
Edition size: Limited edition of 100 signed / numbered prints
Price: $100 USD – plus shipping (please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery)

PANGEA BLUE OPAL

“Oceanid”
31” x 21”
Blue Opal Metallic Edition of 10
7 colors on blue opal metallic paper
Signed and Numbered
Price $200

PANGEA LIGHT GREEN

“Oceanid”
31” x 21”
Light Green Metallic Edition of 10
7 colors on light green metallic paper
Signed and Numbered
Price $200

Prints will be available for purchase at 12pm PST Tuesday, September 23, 2014 via shop.PangeaSeed.org

Artist Statement:
I chose to bring attention to the Estuary Environment in my print depicting the sea-dwelling, nature spirit “Oceanid” for Pangea Seed. I live in San Francisco and I am part of the Estuary Environment of the Bay Area. Estuary dwellers, whether they be marine mammal, fish or fowl – or human being – are my kind of people! Many weekends me and my girlfriend can be found roving the Northern California Coast with binoculars, spotting harbor seals and sea lions.

My dawning realization that we are all interconnected by the fragility of the environment has found me upgrading my printing methods for a low environmental impact with my new wash-out sink filtration system and ink clean-up disposal and recycling. Making these changes took some effort, some expense, and are by no means perfect, but I’m doing my best. I am blessed to share my little sunny spot in nature with incredible beings, and I feel incredibly honored to be part of Pangea Seed’s efforts to protect our precious ocean environment.

For more information on how you can help save our seas, please visit PangeaSeed.org

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“Spirit of California”

September 18 to October 12
Vernissage: Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 pm

l’Oeil Ouvert
74 rue François Miron
75004 Paris (metro St-Paul)

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L’Oeil Ouvert kicks off Indian Summer with “Spirit of California.”

This is the season when Parisiens re-enter The City. Though most Parisiens have returned to anchor at home port,“Spirit of California” will fill your sails with freedom and space!

From September 18, photographers, printmakers, lino-engravers will exhibit together in the Gallery, sharing their most beautiful California drenched visions of light, heat and beautiful energy. Discover the work of each artist as he envisions California, immersed in this innovative, dynamic and creative region, and of other artists, who have traveled the great spaces of California and were inspired by it’s wonders.

FICO, Robin Santus, Ingrid Sissung, Chuck Sperry, will accompany new artists Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin of 3 Fish Studios with Thierry Lewenberg-Sturm. Together they exhibit new works available in limited editions prints.

On the occasion of this exhibition, l’Oeil Ouvert offers a workshop with Californian artist Eric Rewitzer.

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