Jim Pollock: Thirty Year Retrospective

On June 9, 2016, in Events, Posters, by Ben Marks

Bill Graham Civic – San Francisco, CA. 10/27/2014-10/29/2014. Original Pencil & Marker on Newsprint. Via ExpressoBeans.com

Man oh man, I wish I had time to head to Chicago later this month. I would definitely get in line for rock-poster artist Jim Pollock’s Thirty Year Retrospective at Galerie F on June 24 and 25. Pollock’s linocuts have always been favorites for their crude beauty, simple colors, and occasional imperfections. His work is like Neil Young’s music when Young deliberately plays just a bit out of tune—no doubt there’s plenty of expertise at Pollock’s fingertips, but in the end it’s the passion that matters. This has been particularly true of his long run of gig posters for Phish, which are littered with toothy horses, ambulatory fish, crowing roosters, and other barnyard animals, who often appear to have been roused from some sort of farmland fever dream. Congrats, Jim!


Haight Street Art Center at Bottlerock

On May 29, 2016, in Events, News, Posters, by Ben Marks
Bottlerock, 2016, Chris Shaw

Bottlerock, 2016, Chris Shaw

It looks like a good time has been had by all at Bottlerock this year, especially if you visited the Haight Street Art Center’s remote printing studio. On Friday, those at the music festival to hear Stevie Wonder could leave with a print by Chris Shaw. On Saturday, fans of Florence + the Machine could pick up a print by Courtney Callahan. And today, those in Napa for Red Hot Chili Peppers could get both a show poster by Gary Houston, plus his screen print. Thanks to the Haight Street Art Center for making it all possible!

Left, Courtney Callahan. Right, Gary Houston.

Left, Courtney Callahan. Right, Gary Houston.


The Mothers of Invention at the Seattle Center Arena, April 19, 1969. Poster by John Moehring. Photo courtesy of Split Fountain Hieroglyphics.

The first time I met John Moehring was in a bar in Seattle—he nursed a Perrier, I did the same with a beer. The occasion was the release of Scott McDougall’s Split Fountain Hieroglyphics, whose focus is the psychedelic concert posters produced in Seattle from 1966 to 1969, and whose pages are crammed with Moehring’s work. We hit it off, and in the months that followed, we traded numerous emails and phone calls that have resulted in a new article at Collectors Weekly. In it, Moehring told me about how he got into the rock-poster game, what it was like to hang out with Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Donovan, and Marc Bolan, and what he did after the local concert promoters decided that rock posters were a frill music fans could live without. Check it out!

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