Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Psychedelic Secession- Firehouse Invades Europe

Info from Chuck:

Firehouse returns to Europe for the first tour on The Continent in two years. Firehouse has been touring Europe since 1999 – here’s a complete list of past shows.

We are eager to share our newest work, and very pleased to be able to share our posters with old friends made over the first decade of touring Europe.

Check back as I’ll be posting specific Art Opening times for each venue / and tour poster image.

Our Europe 2010 Tour is called “Psychedelic Secession,” and is aimed at connecting to poster movements of the Decadent Period and Belle Epoque in Europe, folding that connection into the Psychedelic Period of San Francisco in the 1960’s, and moving ahead at the forefront of the present modern global silkscreen poster movement.

“Firehouse, based in San Francisco, is a supremely renegade printshop, a partnership of two master screen printers, Chuck Sperry and Ron Donovan. Sperry is a hot-button cartoonist from the political ‘zine and post-Zap Comix tradition, while Donovan does wheelies on their computer.” – King and Grushkin, “The Art of Modern Rock.”

“Often referred to as “modern day masters of screen printing”, poster artists Ron Donovan and Chuck Sperry have been printing in San Francisco under the name “Firehouse” for close to 15 years, now. They have traveled the world exhibiting their work, and have been featured in numerous books and publications including Juxtapoz magazine, as well as on NBC. In addition to creating and printing their own work for bands such as Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, and Eric Clapton, they have also printed work for poster art giants such as Victor Moscoso, Gary Grimshaw, and Stanley Mouse. Armed with a subversive sense of humor, Chuck and Ron always make a trip to visit the Firehouse a good time.” – Merle Becker, director “American Artifact, The Rise of American Rock Poster Art.”


June 2-3 – Rome – Mondo Bizzarro, via Reggio Emilia, 32

June 4 – La Spezia – Club Shake, via Valdilocchi, 9 – with LIARS & Malleus

June 7-8 – Pisa -Leningrad Café, via Silvestri, 5 / Imago, via Bovio, 10

June 9 – Milan – Magnolia, Circonvallazione Idroscalo, 41, Segrate – Independent Music Festival with Ufomammut

June 10 – Florence – Rock Bottom, via degli Alfani, 34r / Melbook, via de’ Cerretani, 16r

June 11 – Florence – Cuculia, via dei Serragli, 3r e 1r – with LIARS & “Eighties Colours” (book release)

June 12 – Milano – Alcatraz, via Valtellina, 25 – Firehouse poster for Bad Religion & Peawees

July 4 – July 21 – Ancona – Mole Vanvitelliana, Sala Kliss



June 16 – Lausanne – Les Docks, avenue de Sévelin, 34

June 17 – Geneva – Usine / Moloko, place des Volontaires, 4


UK with Jacknife

June 19 – Bristol – The Croft, 117-119 Stokes Croft – 1 pm until late

June 23-27 – Glastonbury Music Festival

June 28 – July 3 – London – Nottinghill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate



July 1 – August 1 – Paris – Sesame, 51 Quai de Valmy


Back home in Time for San Francisco Flatstock 25, Saturday, July 10, 2010 – 11 am

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