Piziali mural VS Piziali poster

I am sort of an expert on the triptych on the Bishop Building in Palo Alto, although I do sometimes namecheck it in terms of the chain coffee house it faces.
The third part is by former Paly footballer Joey Piziali who also runs Romer Young gallery in the Portrero Hill district near 22nd street CalTrain.

The triptych features Chris Johanson (from Tina Age 13), David Huffman (whose work will be featured at the Warrior’s arena) and Piziali.

I was briefly obsessed with this mural.
Around that time I was more avidly following and sometimes consulting or consluting for Palo Alto civic series. I produced two posters that year, both using artists affiliated or friends with Paula Kirkeby: Rob Syrett did a poster using his dog bites squirrel motif, for a Vienna Teng Austin Willacy show at Bol Park (“Vienna Austin Palo Alto”); and Piziali.

I was just thinking about this, now that I am throttling up a bit as a promoter (I have four onsales at Mitchell Park – or three at MP and one TBA, long story, or stay tuned). I have produced maybe 300 concerts, since 1994, and about 100 posters or flyers, of which a subset of 13 were using original and unique artwork, some of it “commission” — meaning I pay the artist and they design for me — compared to the time I got a high school student Callie Withers to let me use a piece published in the Gunn Oracle, for a Cheryl Wheeler, Allete Brooks, Rebecca Riots show.

In this case you can see that the Piziali poster for Sila and The Afrofunk All Stars was based on the mural, called Suspended Possibilities.

(I also recall the original art had more interested typography, with gray scales or a “piano key” effect).

Hey gotta run but check back after I spell check Joey’s name. We are going for Korean Japanese fried junk food, but makes me think of flatbread with cheese and sliced meats and veggies.


edit to add, a couple days later: WordPress stats-monster tells me that this is my post number 2,222. It also says I have over 98,000 views, an average of 30 per day, since 2010 fall. But that averages 5 hits per post! It says there are nine posts with more than 500 hits, and the best all time is about the destruction of the Edge/Keystone Nightclub, followed by my treatise on the history of jazz in Palo Alto.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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