From KQED Arts: One Year Later, How Are Artists Dealing With Trump? by Rachael Myrow on January 19, 2018.
When we caught up with him this year, he’d just delivered 4,500 posters to Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. for their respective Women’s Marches on Jan. 20. This year, he plans to be in Oakland and San Francisco distributing his posters by hand and protesting the current administration, which he calls “anti-democratic, autocratic even. We need to take back control of Congress. My efforts are aimed at preserving our democracy, which is a very basic American core issue.”
For his part, Sperry vows to continue to create art for marches and other resistance activities until the current administration is removed from power. And he knows he’s not alone.
“I have been encouraged by the commitment of people who have spoken out strongly and in no uncertain terms against the ignorance, corruption and bigotry of the government in power,” he says. “The party in power has so debased its own values that there will be a reckoning from the common-sense American voter. We need to keep on the offensive, be seen on the streets, and heard in the media.” — Rachael Myrow
Bringing together talents from around the world, Spoke Art San Francisco returns with a new exhibition entitled SERIGRAPH. Through giving absolute freedom to each of the artists to generate new visual proposals, this exhibition seeks to revitalize and celebrate the medium of analog printing, totally outside of an advertising or commercial context, with various aesthetic proposals that highlight the gender lines , background and aesthetic vision.
The works visible to the public, from November 30 to December 22, 2017, seek to show without masks or apologies the breadth of the medium as a means of expression. Be it surrealist landscapes with pop tints, hyperrealist portraits or strange unions between animé aesthetics and art noveau, SERIGRAPH will converge on how things really do not depend on the medium, but on the intention and the artistic vision.
From Juxtapoz: Spoke Art’s Latest Group Show Focuses on the Aesthetic and Medium of Print Making by Staff on November 20, 2017.
Spoke Art‘s latest show is titled SERIGRAPH, a dynamic group exhibition celebrating screenprinting and analog printmaking as both a medium and a process. This comprehensive survey includes artists from a wide variety of genres, backgrounds and styles.
Each artist brings their unique experience in screen printing from their broad ranging experience in the worlds of gig/rock posters, movie and film work, street art, fashion and beyond. Working with single and multicolor screen prints, each artist has created a new limited edition pushing and melding the boundary of the analog print process. Typically working with art directors and clients for commercial and licensed projects, SERIGRAPH allows this curated artist list a creative freedom not commonly found in their day to day work. This allows for an exploration of artistic practice in a completely restriction-free space has resulted in stunning array of works within the medium.
From The Pioneer: Protest Posters From 1960s to Present Exhibited at SFMOMA by Shoib Ahmadzai
Social justice political posters from the 1960s to present day, including those relating to the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter, are on display at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
“I really like the juxtaposition of the old and the new posters,” stated Yagna Madala, a Los Angeles resident and modern art fan who visited San Francisco for a vacation.
The exhibit comes at a time of growing political tension in the country which has promoted a deep divide between both political parties on issues such as the rescindment of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), social activist movements such as Black Lives Matter and increased hostilities with North Korea.
Various anti-war, Black Panthers rally, anti-Nazi and pro-free speech posters decorate the glass protected wall in this exhibit, titled “Get with the Action.” It started on Sept. 16 and is scheduled to continue until spring 2018.
The exhibit, located in a small room on the third floor, stands out from the regular photography art displays. According to Ian Wagner, a museum visitor experience assistant at the MOMA, it is one of the most popular exhibits on the floor.