About the Event

Ephemera as Evidence is an ongoing investigation into San Diego midcentury print culture. This video conversation with Dave Hampton and Bill Perrine examines two printed objects from the early 1960s: Guy Williams’s artists’ book “Poems for Painters,” and a complete deck of illustrated “Space Cards” made by the Art Department at Convair Astronautics Division of General Dynamics. These artworks come out of vibrant and distinct creative subcultures, one being a community of bookstores, independent publishing, poets and painters, and the other a world of scientific research, military-industrial contracts and space exploration, where many top illustrators, graphic designers and art directors were employed.

"Space Cards," 1964, on display in the "Print Culture" exhibition at San Diego Public Library Art Gallery, 2017. Photo by Stacy Keck

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"Poems for Painters," 1974, Cover of Guy Williams's book in its second printing with new poems added, published as "Stooge 10" by Geoffrey Young
"Albers," page from "Poems for Painters" related to the artist Josef Albers's series "Homage to the Square."
"Duchamp," page from "Poems for Painters" related to the artist Marcel Duchamp's painting "Nude Descending a Staircase."
"Poems for Painters", 1963, Cover of Guy Williams's book of typewriter poems with screen printed cover, published by bookstore owner Lafayette Young.

Space Cards

“Space Cards,” deck of award-winning playing cards developed by the General Dynamics (Convair) Astronautics Art Section. Art Director: Burt Brockett; Designer: Don Wright; Artists: Masami Daijogo; Jack Davis; Phil Kirkland; John Isley; Bill Noonan; John Sentovic; Don Wright; National Newspaper Syndicate; National Periodical Publications and Leonardo Da Vinci.

"Space Cards," 1964, card with explanatory text
"Space Cards," 1964, Five of clubs
"Space Cards," 1964, playing cards created by Convair Astronautics Division of General Dynamics
"Space Cards," 1964, Jack of clubs

About Dave Hampton & Bill Perrine

Bill Perrine is a San Diego based filmmaker and photographer who has produced and directed several feature documentaries which have screened worldwide including It’s Gonna Blow!!!! – San Diego’s Music Underground 1986-1996 and Children of the Stars. A former art dealer (and researcher), he is currently uninterested in finishing his bio.
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Dave Hampton is a collector and curator interested in post-World War II visual art and modernism in San Diego art and architecture. He has curated numerous exhibitions, including San Diego’s Craft Revolution at Mingei International Museum (as part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative), and contributed to KPBS web, radio and television.

Exhibition: Print Culture: Midcentury Graphic Design
Talk: Ephemera as Evidence, CreativeMornings