Friday, September 30, 2011


Keith Herzik:There Are Still Lofty Dreams, Meager Desires, and Still Silliness

October 2 - January 29, 2012 Gallery 2

Curated by Chris Kerr and Paul Nudd
Silliness prevails in the prolific screenprints by Chicago-based artist Keith Herzik. Curated by Chicago-based artists Paul Nudd and Chris Kerr the exhibition aims to reveal the underrepresented talent of the local artist Herzik, whose odd sense of humor and color rival the strange sensibilities of the Hairy Who artists introduced by the Hyde Park Art Center in the 1960s.

The curators note that Herzik “ignores and willfully defies most of the recognizable tenants of screen printing,” as he pushes the medium and its materials to their limit. “Although he has made a substantial amount of these low-brow pieces of punk-rock Americana, I also feel that he has transcended the ‘poster-guy’ label pretty well. In fact, he’s pretty much abandoned this mode of making. Most of Keith’s peers have gone on to lucrative careers and have their own sustainable screen printing businesses, but Keith has held on tight to his artistic vision and has remained commercially nonviable, quite underground, and way outside of the screen printing AND fine art mainstreams.”

Early in his career Herzik studied with cartoonist Peter Saul at the University of Texas at Austin and since has created numerous punk-rock posters and is a prolific publisher of handmade artist books, zines, and other publications. His brazen approach to screen printing breaks all of the traditional rules of the medium, while still being well-crafted. Herzik’s day glow prints maintain an immediate approach to drawing; wavey, messy lines and jarring color schemes provide the unique, informal qualities that have become a hallmark of Herzik’s work.

Along with the screen printed work by Herzik in Gallery 2, Nudd and Kerr have curated a companion show in Gallery 5 at the Art Center, Blaque Lyte including related artwork by thirty artists created to glow under the black light bulb.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

whoa crazy!
several years and runnin
is still goin and has a huge poster gallery of my older posters
check it out sometime!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

found this picture on the internet from a poster show at the Chicago tourist center gallery
or something.... you can see my green foot walkin down the stairs in the background
Chis Connelly Gossip Wolf story sketches....
and the dude from SlipKnot at the beauty bar
illustration from the Chicago Reader June 2nd 2011
article about a math and science charter school gettin tax dollars

Gossip Wolf story about the Chicago band Cacaw!
"Bat Skin Robes"

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

this was used for the CHICAGO READER cover march 24th, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

made this at my house!
three screens
made around fifty of them on saturday january 21 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

heads on poles
western exhibitions
on peoria south of randolph, over by Oprah!
friday january 14th

mine is gonna win!

Sunday, January 9, 2011


heads on poles show at Western Expeditions
this friday January 14th

Tuesday, January 4, 2011