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Master Screen Printer Chuck Sperry Solo Show To Open in New York

Chuck Sperry Stands In Front Of Full Scale Print Of Woman

For the past two decades, artist Chuck Sperry has been creating psychedelic, brightly colored silkscreen prints from his studio in Oakland, California. During that time, the artist has become a world-renowned master in the discipline, as his work has reinvented the classic rock poster for the modern audience. Those interested in seeing some of Sperry's work up close and personal are in luck—it will be on display in an upcoming solo exhibition in New York City.

The exhibition, which is titled Only Human, will feature works from throughout Sperry's nearly 30-year career, including his ongoing Muse series and several pieces from his archive. The exhibit will examine “what it means to be a maker in the 21st century” especially as more and more jobs are being automated or outsourced. According to Sperry, “[A]rt made by humans for humans in physical reality is imbued with the soul of our humanity. Our uniquely mortal heart and immortal spirit, drawn from our human culture, our human collective unconscious and experience, will transcend the current imperative for non-human and virtual intervention in the art space.”

Sperry's prints merge the styles of traditional print makers from classical antiquity with the vibrant colors and patterns of artists from the Art Nouveau period, but with a modern twist. Many of his prints have a distinct 70s feeling to them. Lots of his subjects are women with long, flowing hair, wearing loose clothing and, in many cases, featuring flowers or other varieties of foliage that are spilling out of their hair. (Flower power is definitely alive and well in his work.) Old fashioned designs that one might see on antique wallpaper are also scattered across his pieces, adding vintage patterns to his modern-feeling art.

Only Human will be on display at Harman Projects starting April 13,2024. For more information on Sperry's work, be sure to check out his website and Instagram.

Chuck Sperry is a master screen printer who is known for his psychedelic rock poster style.

"Semele" By Chuck Sperry, Featuring A Multicolored Retro Print Of A Woman Looking At The Viewer

He has been making prints for about 30 years, and he will be showing in a solo exhibition featuring work from across his entire career.

"Leto" By Chuck Sperry, Orange And Yellow Print Of A Woman

Many of his prints combine the aesthetics of the Art Nouveau movement with classical antiquity, with Sperry's own unique twist.

"Syrinx" By Chuck Sperry, Featuring A Multicolored Retro Print Of A Woman Looking To The Side

"Venus" By Chuck Sperry, Featuring A Multicolored Retro Print Of A Woman Posing With Her Palms Together Looking At The Viewing

The exhibition, titled Only Human, will open on April 13, 2024 at Harman Projects in New York City.

"Magdalena" By Chuck Sperry, Red And Yellow Print Of A Woman In Period Clothes

"Sappho" By Chuck Sperry, Featuring A Multicolored Retro Print Of A Woman Looking At The Viewer

Chuck Sperry: Website | Instagram | Facebook
Harman Projects: Website | Instagram | Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Harman Projects.

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Sarah Currier

Sarah Currier is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Based in central Iowa, she is currently enrolled at Iowa State University and is working toward a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in English. She loves all things creative, and when she’s not writing, you can find her immersed in the worlds of television, film, and literature.
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