Chuck Sperry is a busy man these days. The artist is preparing his studio gallery, Hangar18 in Oakland, for a pop-up art show and print sale hosted in collaboration with Varnish Fine Art this Thursday. Shortly after, he will jet set to Italy for his touring exhibition, “The Flowers of Popular Victories.” The tour’s first stop is Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome, which will open a month-long solo show of Sperry’s work on June 7. But the event Sperry is anxiously preparing for is his site-specific installation at a Catholic church, the Oratorio Santa Maria in Selaa, in the small coastal town of Tellaro, Italy June 10-15. For this special event, Sperry is teaming up with Bill Ham (whose credits include psychedelic light projections for the Grateful Dead) and electronic musician Franz Treichler (singer of The Young Gods) to create an immersive audio-visual installation on the inside and outside of the Oratorio.
Sperry invited Hi-Fructose into his studio and gave us an inside look at the production process behind his large-scale screen printed artworks. Take a look at some behind-the-scenes photos from Sperry’s studio below and check out his website for more information about the special events from his touring exhibition this summer.