Some who collage made posters and fanzines first and then later, it all developed into “fine art.” I didn’t really take this road as I had collaged in high school, already aware of Pop Art. Then I saw Dada and Surrealism Reviewed at the Hayward Gallery in 1978 and that kind of sealed the deal… I still have postcards from that fateful exhibition.
When I got back to the States later that year, I made my first fanzine, Beyond the Black Thing (cover above). Actually it wasn’t called a fanzine, I called it an art magazine. The word fanzine was used but it was mostly for works like Punk and Sniffin’ Glue, rags very specifically made for music. I make this distinction because most self-made small rags on any topic are now called fanzines. Back then I was more inspired from the small books the Dadaists made.
Once I got into a band (and hung out with bands) I began to make posters, but altogether very few were made. I was not fond of press-type, as is witnessed by the examples I present here. And while I loved to cut from advertising, I didn’t relish creating it myself. When I did Bitchrock in San Francisco, I made ads as well as content for it, mostly for record stores and nightclubs, but I really just wanted to collage for its’ own sake, barely nudging into the graphic artist label.
So I feel really honored to be included in Thunderbitch, a show of female rock and roll poster designers from the Pacific Northwest, curated by Daniel Smith. The posters cover from 1966 to the present. I love the way the text in the site describes the various generations and how I am an "Actual Punk" because that's exactly how I think of it. And I am really touched that they included a photograph by Nicholas Hill from my days working at Singles Going Steady in Portland (one of the best jobs I ever had!). The show opens at Tether Design Gallery in Seattle this coming Thursday, the 5th. If you’re in Seattle then, please come by and say hello. A catalogue has also been made.