Occupy Art with Jon-Paul Bail & Chuck Sperry

Hella Occupy Posters drying at Oscar Grant Plaza photo by Nick Cernak

Jon-Paul Bail & Chuck Sperry present
OCCUPY Art!
an Art Course at the Free University

The Free Uni­ver­sity of San Fran­cisco hosts an Art Class every Sun­day from 2:30pm to 5:00pm (Feb­ru­ary 5th to March 4th) at Vira­cocha - 998 Valen­cia Street (at 21st Street), San Fran­cisco, CA.

The Free Uni­ver­sity of San Fran­cisco aims to make the high­est level of edu­ca­tion avail­able, com­pletely free, to any indi­vid­ual who wants it, regard­less of color, creed, age, gen­der, nation­al­ity, reli­gion or immi­gra­tion sta­tus — a uni­ver­sity free of money, taught for free. The only require­ment for mem­ber­ship is a desire to teach and/or a desire to learn.

Course Descrip­tion:

The Free Uni­ver­sity Art School is very proud to present Jon-Paul Bail (of Polit­i­cal Grid­lock) pro­lific Bay Area artist who uses the streets of the world as his can­vas. Since last year’s bril­liant pre­sen­ta­tion of street art com­plete with a wheat paste demon­stra­tion (video taken by yours truly) at the Free Uni­ver­sity, Jon-Paul Bail has been extremely active mak­ing a series of Hella Occupy posters for the Occupy move­ment across California.

The line for posters by Jon-Paul Bail

Based in the East Bay, JP set up a print sta­tion on site at Oscar Grant Plaza and the heart of the Occupy Oak­land move­ment in the first days peo­ple gath­ered there. He began pro­duc­ing thou­sands of posters which have become icono­graphic to this his­tor­i­cal event. As the move­ment spread and touched sim­i­lar gath­er­ings and actions across Cal­i­for­nia, “JP” trav­elled and set up his mobile pro­pa­ganda stu­dio, print­ing at Occupy Oak­land, UC Berke­ley, UC Davis, and Occupy San Francisco.

Jon-Paul dis­cusses his moti­va­tions, meth­ods and will bring the art class to a live onsite, print ses­sion at the Occupy Edu­ca­tion action sched­uled for March 1st – loca­tion to be dis­closed later. Chuck Sperry & Jon-Paul Bail are col­lab­o­rat­ing on a poster design which will be printed in quan­tity in the class, and later printed live at the Occupy Edu­ca­tion demon­stra­tion sched­uled for March 1, 2012.

Here’s a sneak peak of it:

Hella Free Education poster sketch

Hella Free Education poster partly inked

Come early — lim­ited room!

Jon-Paul Bail’s Bio:

Jon-Paul Bail (JP) founded Polit­i­cal Grid­lock in 1991 and has been post­ing street art ever since. JP’s work is branded by strong cohe­sive mes­sages and rel­e­vant imagery, putting a funny and some­times shock­ing spin on pop­u­lar cul­ture. His work ref­er­ence issues that are based in local, national and global com­mu­ni­ties. His first com­pany was called Rea­gan Wear and was co-founded with Ron Dono­van from The Fire­house Kus­tom Rockart Com­pany. Hav­ing stud­ied silk-screening with Malaquias Mon­toya at Cal­i­for­nia Col­lege of the Arts from 1986 – 1989, JP grad­u­ated from the San Fran­cisco Art Insti­tute in 1991. His poster titled Inhail to the Chief , which depicts Bar­rack Obama smok­ing a blunt, was fea­tured in rap artist E-40′s music video fea­tur­ing Dem Boyz in 2010. He has done print work for Win­ston Smith and Emory Dou­glas and has shown work in New York, San Fran­cisco, Los Ange­les, and Rome, Italy. JP’s art is in the col­lec­tions of the Legion of Honor, Oak­land Museum, and Cen­ter for the Study of Polit­i­cal Graph­ics and has been pub­lished in four polit­i­cal art books (Yo! What Hap­pened to Peace, Repro­duce & Revolt, and two edi­tions of Paper Pol­i­tics).

A Sam­pling of Jon-Paul Bail’s Recent Work

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  • hella-occupy-oakland-take-back-your-hood-poster-by-jon-paul-bail
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  • disband-bart-police-poster-by-jon-paul-bail
  • justice-for-oscar-grant-poster-by-jon-paul-bail
  • hella-solidarity-poster-by-jon-paul-bail
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Occupy Posters by Bay Area & Moon­al­ice Artists

Pic­tured below is an Occupy poster designed by Chuck Sperry - included are other Occupy posters from Moon­al­ice Poster artists Car­olyn Fer­risAlexan­dra Fis­cher, Ron Dono­van, Den­nis LarkinsChris Shaw, & Win­ston Smith.

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  • shaw-occupy-oakland-front-poster
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  • larkins-occupy-rectify-poster
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  • fischer-occupy-front-foreclosure-poster
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Direc­tions

[googlemap address=“Viracocha 16 998 Valen­cia Street (at 21st Street), San Fran­cisco, CA”]

Hella clean print­ing in Oak­land, CA

Jon-Paul Bail getting ready for anther day of printing 12/12/11, photo by Nick Cernak

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