Artist Talk: Hugh on Hugh!

I’ll be giving a talk on Wednesday, October 17, all about my artwork and the various ways my politics have informed my art and vice versa. Mostly vice versa. That, I think, will be the main theme of the evening — the ways that being a creative person can somehow warp you into being a completely unreasonable and extreme advocate of total revolution. Or something like that.

The talk is at CounterPulse, a great performance/community space on Mission Street. Here’s the details:

Artist Talk: Hugh D’Andrade on Art & Politics
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
7:30pm
CounterPulse — 1310 Mission Street @ 9th
(Free and open to the public, donations welcome to defray costs)

It’s funny, but I’ve never given a talk like this, and it makes me realize how little I’ve spoken about my art over the years. Mostly, people don’t ask you to explain your art. I wonder if there is some sort of taboo about that… I know I rarely ask my other artist friends to fess up to what they’re thinking. Maybe I should start! I also realize I have a big aversion to “artist statements.” To me they just sound like the worst kind of self-important drivel. Can’t talking about your art be enlightening and fun at the same time? Well, I’ll aim for that in my talk.

This is actually one of a series of talks by artists on politics, organized by my friend Chris Carlsson. Chris has been doing a semi-regular series of talks at CounterPulse for a while now, about all sorts of political and community topics. The artist series is just a tiny sliver of the amazing stuff Chris has lined up this fall, but naturally its the most interesting to me. My friend Mona Caron gave the talk last month. (The audio of that talk is available here.) The other artists in the series are Andrew Schoultz, Eric Drooker and Faviana Rodriguez. I’ll try to post about those talks when they come up.

Hope to see you Wednesday!

Some Recent Posters

I’m finally updating my long neglected blog! Here are some recent posters from the last few weeks:

El Radio Fantastique is a fun band with a fantastic visual style, so I was pleased that they asked me to do a poster for their new show. Tom Erikson and I drove up to Point Reyes to see it, and while Tom found it dull, I rather liked it. I’ll be dragging people to see the San Francisco premier when it comes out.


Rupa of Rupa and the April Fishes also asked for a poster recently. She needed a fast turn-around, and wanted to know if we could do something with fishes and a boat. Surprisingly enough, I had this design just laying around — the Newport Folk fest had looked at it and chosen a different design, so all I had to do was make a Rupa-like character and add the color. Voila! Instant poster.

Here’s the original sketch:

And here’s the design they chose, which we used for shirts rather than a poster in the end, in two different versions. I’ve been very happily wearing the shirts.

Another recent job is the Winterfest poster for the SFBC — though I discovered after inking the name that it is actually “Bicycle Coalition,” not “Bike Coaltion.” Lots of fun doing this one, which is very much like a happier version of my “Truthcycle” painting that appeared in the show Mati and I did in July. Hopefully there will be limited-edition silksreened version of this, as well as a mass-produced offset version.