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UNTITLED, Acrylic on Canvas, 1974

This is only one of a collected body of over 80 canvases that Steven Arnold, American multimedia artist, photographer, and filmmaker painted starting in 1967 in San Francisco, lasting until shortly before his death in 1994 in Los Angeles.

This is one of a collected body of over 80 canvases that Steven Arnold painted starting in 1967 in San Francisco, lasting until shortly before his death in 1994 in Los Angeles.

To view more of the paintings in this series, CLICK HERE.

 


ON THE ROAD

A rare shot of Steven Arnold, taken in the late 60s/early 70s, San Francisco, CA.  Michael Wiese, the photographer and Steven’s dear friend and collaborator, recalls the following:  “I took this shot of Steven.  We were in Marin County. We were shooting our first film together – THE ELEMENTS. This was the first day of the shoot and were shooting a personification of “Air”.”


UNTITLED, OIL ON CANVAS, JANUARY 1967

THE BACK OF THIS WORK READS: “JOSEPH THE PROPHET; PAT THE UNITING FORCE; RUTH THE STRUCTURE”

This never-before-seen painting is part of a collected body of over 80 surrealist canvases that Steven Arnold painted starting in 1967 in San Francisco, continuing until shortly before his death in 1994 in Los Angeles. For further examples Arnold’s paintings, follow the links listed below.

Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 1974

Self Portrait, Oil on Canvas, 1974

Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 1974


THE POSTER ART OF STEVEN ARNOLD

This rarely seen poster was created in the late 1960s by Steven Arnold for San Francisco filmmaker and scholar Larry Jordan.  The producer of this event, The Intersection for the Arts, called simply Intersection here, is still highly active in San Francisco, although now at a new address.  During this period, Arnold was also creating posters for the renowned San Francisco nightclub, The MatrixFollow the text links highlighted in blue in the preceding paragraph and those listed below for more information.

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

LIFE MET ART HERE (THE ORIGINS OF INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS)

STEVEN ARNOLD’S SERIES OF PSYCHEDELIC HANDBILLS


60s POSTER ART FOR THE CHARLATANS AT S.F. MATRIX

Throughout 1967, Steven created a sizable body of surrealist, psychedelic poster art for the Matrix, a renowned San Fransisco nightclub, which featured regular performances by the likes of The Charlatans, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, The Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company w/ Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The DoorsSteve Miller Blues Band w/ Boz Scaggs, Santana, and The Velvet Underground.  We will be revealing more regularly.   


“MESSAGES, MESSAGES” PART OF DIRTY LOOKS ROADSHOW

Steven’s film Messages, Messages, which won him an invitation to the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, has been included in the DIRTY LOOKS, NYC Roadshow, as part of the exhibition Female Trouble, which explores gender identity on film using examples spanning 5 decades. 

SHOW DATES FOR DIRTY LOOKS’ FEMALE TROUBLE:

2/12/12  SAN FRANCISCO, CA:  YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

2/16/12  LOS ANGELES, CA:  HUMAN RESOURCES GALLERY

2/21/12  PORTLAND, OR:  PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART

2/23/12  PORTLAND, OR:  GRAND DETOUR


SCREEN FROM BARCELONA FESTIVAL

Steven directing San Franscisco gender-bending troupe, The Cockettes, for his feature film, Luminous Procuress.

Steven’s films The Liberation of Mannique Mechanique and Luminous Procuress are to be shown as a part of the ongoing Screen from Barcelona festival.

Below is a review of Luminous Procuress by film historian and critic Albert Johnson:

“The creation of a personal dream-world in cinematic terms seems to have been the aim of film maker Steven Arnold. Mr. Arnold studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and received an M.S. in Filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1970. His short films have all been beautiful, visual experiments in color and mysterious settings where mythological creatures are given a celluloid life of their own.

Mr. Arnold’s medium-length film, Messages, Messages, attracted a great deal of critical attention when it was shown during the New Directors section of the Cannes Film Festival, and it was linked by the French critics to the fanciful, cinema reveries of Cocteau or Fellini. If Steven Arnold admires the work of these filmmakers, his work does not imitate them, and his first feature, Luminous Procuress is an altogether extraordinary, individualistic phantasmagoria.

[Luminous Procuress] was filmed entirely in San Francisco over a two-year period, and describes the adventures of two wandering youths in San Francisco who visit the home of a mysterious woman, the Procuress. She is an elegant emblem of sorcery, her vivid features glowing under bizarre, striking maquillage, and one is not certain who she is or where she intends to lead the protagonists. Although the language she speaks is vaguely Russian, it appears that the Procuress has psychic powers. She discerns a sympathetic response to her on the part of the youths, and by magical means, conducts them through fantastic rooms, on a psychic journey. Through strange passageways, one voyages with the Procuress and her charges, glimpsing hidden nightmares and panoplied chambers of revelry, where celebrants, ornately festooned, dance and make love before unseen gods.

The youths are soon drawn into the sensuality of the Procuress’ spellbound kingdom, and one is reminded of the sorceress-neighbor to Guilietta in Fellini’s Juliet of the Spirits. Only here, in Arnold’s film, the spectator is a willing participant in some unspeakably attractive but menacing ecstasy. The sexes become androgynous and one remains entranced by the wonder of such a film as Luminous Procuress.”

Luminous Procuress was first shown as a part of the San Franscisco International Film Festival in 1971, and was last shown in Barcelona at the Barcelona Museum of Modern Art (MACBA)


COVER OF SCANLAN’S

This cover of Scanlan's Monthly features a still from Steven's film Luminous Procuress.

Scanlan’s Monthly was a short-lived political muckraking publication from 1970-1971.  The magazine featured controversial political commentary, and news involving the thriving subculture.  Scanlan’s is most well-known for publishing the first piece of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s “Gonzo” journalism, titled “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.”  The magazine was also investigated by the FBI for it’s controversial perspective on the hotbed of early ’70s political upheaval.  This particular issue featured an article on underground film in San Franscisco, and a cover-image of Pandora  from Steven’s full-length film Luminous Procuress.


Rock Poster for The Matrix, 1967


Throughout the mid-late 1960s and early 1970s, Steven regularly created flyers, posters, and graphic art for local San Fransisco performance venues and boutiques, including The Palace Theater, The Matrix, and In Gear.  The above poster was hand-drawn for The Matrix, a famed psychedelic rock venue which was located in San Francisco’s Fillmore District.  The Matrix hosted many up-and-coming groups of the time, including:  The Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, and The Grateful Dead.  The club was also a favorite haunt of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, among others.  This particular example, from 1967,  headlines the pioneering psychedelic rock band, Quicksilver Messenger Service.


Oil on Canvas, 1974

 


In Gear: An original poster for a 60s Haight Street Boutique

 

Image provided by Gwendolyn Witherup


The Matrix: An Original Handbill for the 60′s San Franscisco Venue

” I believe it was Steven who actually invented hippie dress in San Fransisco, before it was fashionable.  He always wore vintage clothing, carried a cane, top hat, spats, and was decorated with loads of rings and jewelry.”

IRA YEAGER


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