19 February 2009

John Van Hamersveld Post-Future

This exhibition pulls at my heart strings. The images, aesthetic, and philosophy of the great Bruce Brown's Endless Summer films dictated much of my teenage years and continues to live somewhere near my heart and in my head. I didn't know until now that the work of John Van Hamersveld was living there too.

The new opening at Subliminal Projects is a career retrospective of John Van Hamersveld entitled Post-Future. The exhibition opens Friday March 6th.

'Like an acid trip in ink on the paper of space and time, John Van Hamersveldʼs graphics have transcended the psychedelic ʻ60s and become classic images that are as futuristic as they are vintage. Post-Future features many of Van Hamersveldʼs classic works juxtaposed with re-imaginings of those images, recent retro-styled pieces and a never-before-seen series of drawings connecting past and present. '

'Best known for his legendary poster for the 1964 blockbuster surf film The Endless Summer and his album covers for The Beatles (Magical Mystery Tour), The Rolling Stones (Exile on Main Street), Jefferson Airplane (Crown of Creation), the Grateful Dead (Skeletons in the Closet), Kiss (Hotter Than Hell) and Blondie (Eat to the Beat), among others, as well as the mind-bending concert posters he created while operating the Pinnacle concert production company, Van Hamersveld has built up a wide-ranging body of work over a career verging on its sixth decade.'

'Through the show, Van Hamersveld creates a lens through which the past can be seen and the future can be sourced, where imagery melts into a pool that is both the source and the destination of creativity. '

Via Juxtapoz


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