This past month I created this poster as part of the Dialogues: Poster Art of the Soviet Union Show at the City
Gallery at San Diego City College. Rare historical Soviet posters from the
period of Perestroika and Glasnost were featured alongside contemporary posters
with political, social or arts themes and a Russian twist. 

My
poster was about the potential of the arts to promote peace and social change.
To craft a culture of peace you have to first imagine it. Artists around the
world and throughout history have given voice to that ideal. A sharp pencil can
be a powerful weapon to communicate the pathos of war.  I’m greatly inspired by
folk arts, many of which are living traditions. Birds are a common theme in
Russian folklore and this region has a particular gift for storytelling. The
folkloric pattern inside the bird represents a diverse patchwork of beliefs and
opinions. The colors tip their hat to Russian Constructivism. When creating
this poster, the recent peace agreement and conflict between Ukrainian forces
and pro-Russian separatists was on my mind and in the news. The two leaves
symbolize differing points of view with the pencil of the artist providing a
stable perch for the idea of peace to take hold. 

You can purchase a high quality, 20 by 26 giclee poster for $65 with all
funds going to the Doyald Young Reading Room. I am such a
believer in books and this design and illustration library at City College is
open to students and the community. I’m supporting this effort as this reading room is a great place for aspiring illustrators to find their way.

Dancers in historical costumes performed barefoot in the gallery at the opening. Photo by Edward Honaker
Photo by David Eichinger