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Chuck Sperry Primus, San Francisco 2012 Art Card

Chuck Sperry Primus, San Francisco 2012 Art Card

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Chuck Sperry
The Warfield San Francisco, California 2012
Art Card
Approx. 8.5 x 5.5 in


Working in a rare collaboration with Zoltron on these Primus posters was a blast. I’m very happy that we co-operated seamlessly, bringing everyone this cool cross-over between my art direction of the Firehouse Goldenvoice Poster Series and Zoltron’s art direction for the Primus Poster Series..Over the past 20+ years in SF, every Primus or Claypool related New years performance has a theme. This year’s theme is “Frankenstein’s Masquerade New Years Ball.” The idea was for each of us to do an artist’s homage to Frankenstein. Each poster would be inspired by a different historic artist – and by working with the same color palette and printing the posters at the same time, we would ensure a consistent overall theme.

The Frankenstein/Picasso themed poster is 5 colors of rich oil based ink, with a metallic undercoat – and is the match for last night’s sold out poster by Zoltron (the rad artist behind the silkscreen sticker printing company, Sticker Robot). Each night’s respective poster would be inspired by a different historic artist… Zoltron chose Warhol and Chuck chose Picasso. Both were cross pollinated with Frankenstein – and this is the result.

Zoltron and I have worked together many times over the years, but usually I’m inviting Zoltron to do posters for the coveted SF, Goldenvoice Poster Series – which I have curated and produced a poster series in the rich history of San Francisco’s 1960s rock poster tradition for the Avalon Ballroom, where I design or invite artists to design and print unique posters for events at the Regency Ballroom and the Warfield Theatre.

It just so happens that the Primus Poster Series, currently landing on poster #83, and The Goldvoice Series, currently at poster # 171, are literally merging on New Years at these two Warfield Primus shows. - CS

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