The Posters of Ryan Kerrigan
September 1999 - March 2000
Juna's Cafe, Ithaca, NY, April 1 - 30, 2000
Music and visual arts are a natural combination...the
inspiration for a majority of my work comes from listening to the
music of the artist or band for whom creating the piece...the end
result being an image complimentary to the music.
I have always been interested in the relationship between
an album or CD cover and the sounds within...cover art need to be
representative of the music as well as eye-catching...this is especially
true when it comes to posters as advertising for albums as well
as live gigs.
While completing my undergraduate work at Penn State
(BA in Graphic Designs and Printmaking, 1994) I began to work with
many bands and concert venues creating promotional posters, advertising,
and CD covers...after four years of traveling the country, I landed
in Ithaca, New York during the Fall of 1998 and opened the Poster
Store on The Commons.
Over the course of my first full year here, I was continually
impressed by the local music scene...but it was clearly evident
that the advertising/promotion side of things was badly neglected...Often
nothing but black on colored paper flyers littered bulletin boards
and kiosks with an occasional colorful poster from an out-of-town
band...I wanted to do something to showcase the local acts, and
highlight the local venues when a big name came to town.
Together with 92 WICB's Share the Groove program and
the Haunt, we set out to build an atmosphere reminiscent of the
late 60's-early 70's San Francisco Bay Area music scene...then,
posters for shows were an integral part of the whole experience
and became highly coveted and collected pieces of art.
The work displayed here represents the last six months
of local music...for each show there are a set number of posters
printed, some of which are hung around town (and usually swiped
by thrifty fans!), some given away to the bands, and some sold at
gigs...The main reason I do these posters is simply because I enjoy
doing them...it is important to me that people have access to and
are able to enjoy artwork as well as music...that's why I keep the
prices for my posters affordable...every Haunt poster is available
for $5 while supplies last (framed prints are $20 each)...every
poster is a limited edition of sequentially numbered prints.
I would like to thank Juna's Cafe for providing their
gallery space for the show, Stu for Share the Groove and Will from
the Haunt for bringing in all of these musical acts, Demetra, Eric
and Clint of Noir for their beautiful jazz set at the show's opening,
my friends and family for unending support, and all of you for taking
the time to enjoy my work...namaste.