Varnish Fine Art presentsSEDITIONS: Frank Kozik & Winston Smith
Opening Reception Saturday February 2, 6-9pm Kozik and Smith editions will be released for online sales this Saturday at 6pm.
The seditious editions and original collage in the show are works of
“rebellious disorder." Kozik and Smith (with their punk rock bones)
repurpose the pop cultural zeitgeist of the 50’s postwar era to create
sometimes complex sometimes chillingly simple
messages challenging us to look harder at the politics and governments
we take for granted.
Frank Kozik's special edition of clear orange resin Gipper/Reagan busts plus the new edition
Big Dick's Coffee shown left were created especially for this show.
Among Winston Smith's artwork in SEDITIONS, he's created a totally
new series of remarkable collage compositions from extremely rare
vintage steel plate engravings from the 1860s, ‘70s, ‘80s and 1890s.
These artworks are between 120 to 150 years
old. Though Winston himself isn’t quite that old (yet), he has
managed to resurrect new compositions from images that have waited
nearly a century and a half to go under his knife.
and Smith share the experience of having lived in postwar Europe in the
early to mid 70’s, a period of intense upheaval. Kozik’s childhood in
Franco Era Spain
was full of visually influential authoritarian acts and imagery,
evidenced by his use of the propaganda poster format. By contrast
Winston Smith’s time in Italy as a teenager was full of class struggle
and socio-political turmoil turned to violence that one
writer claims “amounted to anarchy.” This state of chaos mixed with a
50’s childhood in a “flyover” state comes into stark relief in his
politically tinged collage-montages.
Winston Smith's Swarm collage using vintage steel plate engraving material shown right.
huge thanks go to Gigantic Brewing for sponsoring the party! Ratebeer
recently named Gigantic Brewing one of the Top Five New Breweries in the
Gigantic Brewing's Time Traveler Porter has arrived. See the original collage used for the label of this fine beer
The Time Traveler by Winston Smith at the show, and get a taste at the SEDITIONS opening reception this Saturday 6-9.
Gigantic Brewing Company
16 Jessie Street, #C120, San Francisco, CA 94105 (415)433-4400