I walked thru at a brisk pace the installation of “Wanted” posters on the second floor of Cantor, the modern room, maybe part of the Marmor collection, yesterday (Terry my Terry and I also walked thru the new McMurtry art building, including the roof terrace).
It reminded me of a couple of my Earthwise Productions concert posters, from my series at Cubberley Community Center in (off-campus) Palo Alto, from the late 1990s.
Jon Hess of BGP helped me design this poster for John Doe, (with Matt Nathanson and Jonah Montranga, pka onelinedrawing). The artwork comes from a Rolling Stone magazine article about the fact that George Bush’s Texas executed a huge number of people, all of whom used a public defender as defense (or rather, none of whom could afford private defense). These are more likely booking mugshots rather than from “Wanted” posters. I recall asking John Doe, thru his management company — Jordan Kurland at Zeitgeist or was it Figurehead — for the ok and the response was the fact that John Doe had done a recent benefit for the West Memphis 3.
Jon Hess designed this second poster, for Pansy Division. I think the artwork was from a book he had about Alcatraz. Not sure what he was saying but close enough for punk rock (was he confusing “patsy” with “pansy”?)
3. Item 3 I art directed and Lane Wurster designed, with Sal Maglie the former Giants pitcher for SF Seals, named for a defunct baseball team — get it? Sal looks like a hood, that is all.
4. Further lost in left field or in foul territory, a quickie flyer i.e. from Kinkos and not offset printed, for Mermen using one of the Three Stooges, from a lifted milk ad.
5. another flyer, I made, I call “talk to the hand”.
I would donate all five of these, to Stanford Cantor, if they wanted them. In fact, I could make a set of 75 posters I had produced or helped design, for the Cubberley series, 1995-2001, just let me know. I might take the chutzpah manuever to send to Connie Wolfe the first 2 posters, but will take a closer look at the show first.
edit to add: I’m a wee bit off in my construct: the show is “Missing Persons” and “wanted” is one of three sections therein. To wit:
Following this introductory section, the exhibition is divided into three sections: “Wanted,” “Remains” and “Unseen.” In “Wanted,” artists consider systemic injustice—from slavery to mass incarceration, gentrification and political violence. The word “wanted” takes on multiple meanings in this section; the artists might “want” justice, freedom from oppression, or representation on the walls of museums and in the pages of history. Historical objects such as a 19th-century runaway slave advertisement and the F.B.I. wanted poster for Angela Davis ask the viewer to think about those who intentionally flee from a system of enslavement, imprisonment or institutional racism. Contemporary artists Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker provide a modern-day lens on the legacy of slavery in America. Up thru March 21 and features Kara Walker and Glenn Ligon. I thought of Veronica De Jesus of SF mission, who draws the recently deceased.