PRINT April 2001


Art Chantry

“LOVE US, HATE US; we don’t give a fuck.” Such was the spirit back in the day. Although I got through punk/no wave (East Coast Division, class of ’79) relatively unscathed, I can’t recommend this attitude to the seriously career-minded. Even the sidelines can be dodgy. Fandom—especially when it is directed toward those who don’t put their own work on a pedestal—is not unconflicted. Take my love for the work of Art Chantry (West Coast, class of ’75). When he started making posters for Seattle punk shows in-the late ’70s, mostly no-budget Xerox affairs, such ephemera was considered, to borrow his own phrase, instant litter. Posters were meant more for the streets than for nice white walls.

That Chantry refers to his works as “artifacts” rather than as “art” comes as no surprise. Before he even knew there were people who called themselves graphic designers, he thought he might become an

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