June 27, 2009


The resounding success of last summer’s Screams and Screens at Civilian Art Projects demonstrated that a second exhibition of music-based posters was needed. Presenting a riot of different artistic styles, Paper Jam-The Art and Grime of the East Coast Rock Poster, features a cross-section of artists, designers and printmakers who work in this genre. The exhibition focuses on the works of these twenty-seven artists from the East Coast: Ana Benaroya, Jordan Bernier, Rick Bowman, Chris Cernoch, Kate Crosgrove, Anthony Dihle (Dirty Pictures), Jefferey Everett (El Jefe Design), JP Flexner, John Foster (Bad People Good Things), Jeff Fry, Tim Gibbon (Dynamite Printworks), James Heimer, Edward Kelley, Daniel Kent, Chris Kline, Nick Kulp (Undercover Zero), Large Mammal, Robb Leef, Drew Liverman, Magick Outlaw, Nick Pimentel (Planaria Design), Gregory Pizzoli, Post Typography, Brian Potash (Devilish Ink), Public Domain, and Warm.

Organized by artist Anthony Dihlo the exhibition presents a collection of works that represent the whole spectrum of poster art. Of this work, Dihlo says, “both well-established and newly emerging artists are featured. Their methods of production range from high-end offset lithography to silkscreen to Xerox, and their styles are equally varied, from the rock poster standbys of skulls-n-babes to experimentation where text and form are pushed to convey music using symbols and abstraction. Bands represented extend from internationally known acts to garage bands making their debut show. Most of the work is home-brewed, by the artist, and merges the illustration of sound and lyrics with the requisite need for a poster to simultaneously advertise a show and commemorate it.”

Over the last few years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the rock poster, triggered largely by a renewed enthusiasm for small venue live music and analog sound. Many poster artists, inspired by their local scene and the music of our time, are now enjoying unprecedented success. The recent revival of poster art is facilitated by the availability of imaging software, advances in screen-printing such as the increased adaptability of silk screen to at-home methods, and the presence of a new generation of poster artists who share ideas, resources, viewing spaces, and markets for their prints.

Paper Jam-The Art and Grime of the East Coast Rock Poster is a stimulating and accessible exhibition. On Thursday June 25th Civilian Art Projects hosted a Q and A session with several artists from the exhibition including Chris Cernoch, Anthony Dihlo, Jefferey Everett, JP Flexner, John Foster, Gregory Pizzoli, Brian Potash, and Dan and Jason of Warm. The discussion provided insight into important issues involved in the poster making process and explored each individual’s unique body of work.

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