Slash Film • February 28, 2013 • by Germain Lussier
Slash Film • February 28, 2013 • by Germain Lussier
Dazed and Confused, a film by Richard Linklater
20th Anniversary Screening and Cast Reunion
20 x 35
Edition of 240
9 colors on archival cream paper
Signed and Numbered
Odd City Entertainment commissioned me to create a print for the Austin Film Society’s 20th Anniversary Screening and Cast Reunion of Richard Linklater’s iconic film, Dazed and Confused. My art print will be released at the Austin Film Society’s Dazed and Confused screening event on March 6, 2013 at The Marchesa Hall and Theatre in Austin, Texas. All net proceeds from the sale of my art print will benefit the Austin Film Society. Event attendees will receive priority when purchasing this print. In the unlikely case that there are additional prints which are reserved for the screening after the event, they will be sold through Odd City’s website.
About the artwork:
The H18 Project marks its debut with a special Chuck Sperry film poster for the 20th Anniversary Screening and Cast Reunion of Dazed and Confused, presented by the Austin Film Society.
To me, Dazed and Confused presents a pinball storyline structure and afforded me the opportunity to present the cast in equal weight to emphasize the ensemble nature of the film. They appear as bonus lights on the play table. I reproduced Mr. Linklater’s director notes to the actors on the pinball instruction card. The directions inspire the cast towards spontaneity, truthfulness, and in Linklater’s words “100% accuracy and thoroughness in detail” as I sincerely hope is also reflected in my poster design.
I will be making a very limited release of my Dazed and Confused poster at my debut opening reception at Hangar 18 Gallery at 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Hangar 18 Gallery
1428 34th Street (at Hollis)
6 – 9 pm – Thursday, March 7, 2013
A reserve of this edition will be held back, and I will be making a very limited online release of my Dazed and Confused poster on Friday, March 8, at a random time.
About Chuck Sperry:
Chuck Sperry has honed the craft of designing and hand screen printing for over 15 years to become recognized throughout the world as one of the foremost rock poster artists. Elevating the craft to fine art, Sperry creates socio-political artwork beyond rock. He adheres to the ideal that beauty strengthens his message. Chuck Sperry is represented by Varnish Fine Art in San Francisco, and exhibits internationally from Bristol to Belgrade. He has been featured in documentaries for film and television in the US, Europe and Australia.
About the H18 Project:
Chuck Sperry and Varnish Fine Art are proud to announce the H18 Project. This collaboration between San Francisco gallery Varnish Fine Art and represented artist Chuck Sperry showcases his artwork in the unique setting of H18 in Oakland where Sperry creates his fine art screenprints. The H18 Project is an ongoing pop up gallery where Varnish Fine Art presents collectors a unique studio experience with the iconic Bay Area artist Chuck Sperry.
About Varnish Fine Art:
Jen Rogers and Kerri Stephens believe that Art makes the world a better place. Since founding Varnish Fine Art in 2003, the gallery has become known for showing provocative and skillfully executed contemporary artwork. True to its original mission, Varnish Fine Art continues to be a lively and vital part of the Yerba Buena Arts District in downtown San Francisco.
Media Contact for info/images re: the H18 Project, Chuck Sperry, and Varnish Fine Art:
Varnish Fine Art
16 Jessie Street, #C120
San Francisco, CA 94105
More About the Dazed and Confused Film Poster by Chuck Sperry:
I was born in 1962 and was fourteen in 1976; I remember that year vividly. I was growing up in Ohio. If I’d grown up in Austin, Texas, I would have been Mitch in Dazed and Confused. In fact, Mitch is my referent within this well balanced ensemble cast in Richard Linklater’s outstanding paean to the era of my youth.
Like Mitch, I loved pinball, and the Fireball machine specifically, the popular arcade game upon which my Dazed and Confused poster is based. You can see it in the Emporium; Slater plays Fireball in the pinball scene. Pinball reflects the nuts and bolts affections of the analog spirit of ’76. To me, Dazed and Confused presents a pinball storyline structure and afforded me the opportunity to present the cast in equal weight to emphasize the ensemble nature of the film. They appear as bonus lights on the play table. I reproduced Mr. Linklater’s director notes to the actors on the pinball instruction card. The directions inspire the cast towards spontaneity, truthfulness, and in Linklater’s words “100% accuracy and thoroughness in detail” as I sincerely hope is also reflected in my poster design.
There’s a groovy, bicentennial pop quality to the mod design elements and use of gold and blue-silver metallic ink, and the use of nine colors to portray this icon to a bygone era immortalized in Mr. Linklater’s far out movie.
Poster Detail Images:
Chuck Sperry lives in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, where he’s made his particular style of rock poster designs for over 20 years. He operates Hangar 18, a silkscreen print studio, located in Oakland. Learn More…