the art of ryan kerrigan


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 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.