For Immediate Release
Berlin — 02.02.2017
Press Release: Presentation, Artist Talk, Publication Launch of Christopher Sperandio
Pinko Joe or Run! The Old World is Behind You!
WHAT: Opening, Presentation, Artist Talk, Publication Launch of Christopher Sperandio
WHEN: 23rd of February 2017 – 7-9 PM
Open 24, 25, 28 February 2017 from 2 – 7 PM, and by appointment. Free entry
WHERE: SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1. OG, 10967 Berlin
U8 Schönleinstrasse, exit Schinkestrasse
Introduction: On the 23rd of February 2017, SomoS Art House presents U.S.American Social Art practitioner, writer, graphic novelist, educator and TV producer Christopher Sperandio. Sperandio will give an introduction to his work, and demonstrate the process behind creating his politically charged, prescient, and satirical appropriation of vintage comics. These nostalgic relics of a bygone era are critically reevaluated and manually re-animated to tell new stories that eerily reflect and whimsically exaggerate current sociopolitical issues — especially relevant in the Trump era, in which many of the supposedly intractable rights of women and minorities are now being threatened at the highest levels of government.
The artist will present his latest political graphic novel Pinko Joe as well as conduct a video-assisted artist talk about the progression of his work during his residency at SomoS Art House. The results of which are a sequel and extension to Pinko Joe called Greenie Josephinie, drafted and illustrated during the past three months. Visitors are invited to view documentation and expanded descriptions of the process on exhibit, and to get a first glimpse of the unpublished work in the form of a limited edition broadsheet titled “Pinko Joe or Run! The Old World is Behind You!,” produced specifically by Christopher Sperandio for SomoS Art House.
The broadsheet publication will be released on the 23rd of February and available in a limited quantity until the end of the exhibition on the 28th of February.
Christopher Sperandio on the process of creating his latest graphic novel:
“I’m using public domain comic books as raw material for a new graphic novel series that is part political satire and part slapstick comedy.
The central character is a Socialist crusader for human rights, dedicated to curbing the evils of out-of-control capitalism and corporate greed.
The process involves selecting stories from existing books produced in the US between the late 1940s and 1960s, rewriting the stories, and then redrawing the result, sometimes faithful to the original and sometimes with necessary changes.”
Currently an associate professor at Rice University in the department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, Sperandio’s art activities are rooted from the conceptual art and political activism of the 1960s and take the form of comic books, television and painting installations. His work is viewed as part of Relational and Social Art Practice. He has a strong affinity with the work of the Situationist International (SI), the 60’s anti-authoritarian international movement of avant-garde artists, intellectuals and political theorists.
The artist will also be exhibiting some of his existing works, talking about comics and his involvement in Social Art practices dating back to the late 1980s.
About The Artist:
Christopher Sperandio is an acclaimed visual artist, educator, writer and TV producer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Printmaking from West Virginia University and a Master’s in Painting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
He has produced numerous collaborative projects for museums and art centers in the US, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France and the UK with institutions such as MoMA/PS1, London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Deitch Projects, Fantagraphics Books and DC Comics.
Sperandio is also the executive producer of ARTSTAR, the first reality TV series based in the New York City art world. He is additionally a founding member of KartoonKings, a media company engaged in the production of comic books, animations and films.
He is currently based in Houston Texas and is an assistant Professor at Rice University.
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Selected by Artslant Magazine as one of Berlin’s most interesting art project organizations, SomoS Art House provides space and resources for the presentation, reflection and production of the arts. Organizing an Artist-in-Residency program and an ambitious exhibition and event schedule, SomoS closely works with artists, organizers and curators to realize their projects.
SomoS’ mission is to create an international open framework for innovative arts, exhibitions, education and creative cooperation.
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Founder/Director – SomoS Art House Berlin
+49 172 3118431
SomoS Art House Berlin
Kottbusser Damm 95