Austin, TX plays home to quite a few beloved institutions. There is, of course, Tim League’s Alamo Drafthouse brand (not to mention the many awesome things under its umbrella, from the Rolling Roadshow to Mondo to Fantastic Fest and…we could go on). There’s the increasingly-large SXSW Film, Music, and Interactive Festival (you’ll be getting our coverage soon for the 2013 edition), the Austin Film Festival, and the events held by the Austin Film Society. And there is, of course, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, a film as synonymous with Austin as Woody Allen’s Manhattan is with New York City.
What happens when several of these things collide with legendary poster artist Chuck Sperry? Oh, just one of the best posters we’ve seen so far this year. See it—and find out where ya can get it—after the jump.
We haven’t thrown artist Chuck Sperry a ton of coverage here at Limited Paper here in the past, but that has nothing to do with our opinion of Sperry’s talent (which is—as you probably already know—huge). The truth is, Sperry’s an artist that one usually finds working on the “gig poster” side of Poster World, and because Collider’s more of a film-geek-friendly site, Limited Paper tends to keep on the “movie poster” side of Poster World. Good news is, from time to time there’s a crossover…and looking at the results of Sperry’s latest foray into film poster territory, we can’t help but wish that it’d happen more often (Hey, Mondo, when you gonna get a Sperry-centric Gallery Show going?). Check this out:
- Dazed and Confused by Chuck Sperry
- 20x35” 9-color screenprint
- $65 regular edition of 240
They’re also doing a very limited variant. They haven’t released the poster yet, but we do know it’s going to cost $135 and be limited to 50. It’s also 9 colors.
That, my friends, is a gorgeous goddamn poster. Let’s go to the press release to see what the Austin Film Society and Sperry himself have to say about all this:
Odd City Entertainment (check out their website here) is excited to announce, in partnership with the Austin Film Society, Hangar 18, and Varnish Fine Art gallery, a limited edition Chuck Sperry print for the 20th anniversary screening of Richard Linklater’s iconic film, Dazed and Confused. This will be the first print release for the company based in Austin, Texas. Roman Morales, the company’s Founder and long time print collector expressed his excitement over Odd City’s involvement in the event, “It has been a long hard road leading up to our launch and we couldn’t have asked for a better platform to release our first print run than the AFS Dazed and Confused event. And, it’s a Chuck Sperry no less! The best mix of artist and subject.”
Chuck Sperry, the print artist, also expressed thoughts over his involvement, “To me, Dazed and Confused presents a pinball storyline structure and afforded me the opportunity to present the cast in equal weight to emphasize the ensemble nature of the film. They appear as bonus lights on the play table. I reproduced Mr. Linklater’s director notes to the actors on the pinball instruction card. The directions inspire the cast towards spontaneity, truthfulness and in Linklater’s words, “100% accuracy and thoroughness in detail”, as I sincerely hope is also reflected in my poster design.”
Gotcha, and when—pray tell—can we pick one of these up, O wise and mighty press release?
The Odd City art prints will be sold at Austin Film Society’s Dazed and Confused screening event on March 6th at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre in Austin, TX: https://www.austinfilm.org/dazedandconfused. Event attendeeswill receive priority when purchasing. All net proceeds from the sell of the art prints will benefit the Austin Film Society. In the unlikely case there are additional prints after the event, they will be sold through Odd City’s website. Please see below for print details, pricing and images. For more information visit www.oddcityentertainment.com .You can also follow us on Twitter @OddCityNews for information and detailed pictures of Odd City art prints.
Consider us there. Stay tuned for more on this—and a whole bunch of Austin-based news, reports, interviews, and more—as we head into SXSW 2013 (including the two huge gallery shows being held at the Mondo Gallery during SXSW). Now then: as is always the case around here: if you’re an artist or gallery with artwork you’d like to see featured on Limited Paper (or if you’re just some lucky bastard who happened to overhear a bit of poster-related gossip while standing in the bushes outside Martin Ansin’s house) we wanna hear from you! Email Limited Paper directly at LimitedPaper@gmail.com, and be sure that you’re following us on Twitter via @LimitedPaper for ongoing commentary, news updates, giveaways, and more!