Serigraphs by Jeffrey Sax
From his studio/gallery at 807 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA. Jeffrey
Sax has been producing and selling his work to a worldwide audience. His serigraphs
from the 1980's were hand printed, one color at a time, by master printers (primarily
David Smith of Seriphics). Edition series were usually limited to 500 prints
(or less) and there are no originals. The artist working with a photographer
created transparent overlays which were then burned onto screens by the printer.
This integrity factor combined with the artistry has earned him representation
in museums alongside artists like Warhol, Picasso, and Raushenberg...
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This set of prints represent a passage of time, an era, on a street
named Cannery Row, in Monterey, California. It has a beginning, middle, and end.
24 X 35 Inches
100% Cotton Paper
500 Limited Edition
50 Artists Proofs
Published in 1985
Printer: Panda Press
While reading about large vegetarian animals Jeffrey Sax came across
the little publicized fact that Teddy Roosevelt killed Pandas on a hunting
trip to China. The killed bears were brought back to New York City where
they were stuffed and presented in diarama's at the Natural History
Museum. They were instantly popular and the first "Teddy Bears" were
born. This serigraph represents a role reversal. The Panda is holding
a doll-like child as a child would hold a cherished toy. The ideal is
that the bear will not hurt the child (doll) and when the child grows
up, it will not hurt the bear. A theme of mutual respect between man
and animal, (Vegetarian) and East and West, (Political and Cultural).
The characters in the upper left are Chinese for "White Bear" balanced
out by the western letters for Panda. In 1985 with the help of art publisher
David Perlmutter, Jeffrey Sax bought a printing press and set up shop.
This serigraph is the first and only print that Panda Press completed.
The Cannery Row Series
#1 Cannery Row
100% cotton paper
200 Limited Edition
small number of artists proofs (without sea gull)
Printer: Art Montgomery
#1 Cannery Row-Jeffrey Sax opened his studio/gallery on Cannery
Row in 1982. During that time and several years before, the old derelict
fish canneries were the day and nighttime haunts of artists, passionate
drinkers, young lovers, students, and various other adventures. One had
to merely push their way through a cracked door to enter, at your own
risk, a world of abandoned industrial decay and beauty. The old conveyor
belts were rusted and scattered, roofs were blown off, and large holes
in cement floors revealed the pounding surf 20 feet below. These former
slaughterhouses of fish were now themselves being consumed by the sea.
It was a place where time stood still... Behind this pink facade was a
world left alone... a time of reflection... This was one of the first
self-published serigraphs the artist commissioned from Art Montgomery,
using a moped as a down payment. A small number of artist's proofs are
missing the sea gull through the window. One year after publication this
print found its way into a show at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Jeffrey
Sax was one of the few living artists represented amongst such notables
as Picasso, Warhol, Che'ret, Arthur Rackham, to name a few.
||#2 Old Row Cafe
100% cotton paper
475 Limited Edition
small number of artists proofs with grey leading
#2 Old Row Cafe-This restaurant was below the artists Studio/Gallery.
Joe Rombi had started small and was growing with the times. It was when
small business people were converting the old canneries into retail adventures.
Joe's dad, Grank, salvaged old tin siding and nailed sardine cans to the
roof for ambience. Tourists were coming to see John Stienbeck's dramatized
version of Cannery Row, only to find an eclectic group of small businesses,
including a pillow theater that jutted out over the bay, and the usual
remains of the old canneries. Every summer a small marijuana plant would
sprout in the planter box. It was fun to see how large it would get before
someone would discover and pluck it.
||#3 Cannery Row 10/31/84
100% cotton paper
620 Limited Edition
#3 Cannery Row 10/31/84-By 1984 the Monterey Bay Aquarium (40 million
dollars) was at one end of the Row, and The Monterey Plaza Hotel (60 million
dollars) was on the other. Developers were gobbling up the spaces in between.
The abandoned canneries had many bouts with mysterious fires, all the while
the city was trying to decide the merits of their historical value. This
image of a bulldozer about to demolish one of the last original canneries,
after a suspicious fire, signals the end of an era... A time after the reckless
slaughter of fish, romanticized in the intensely human and colorful novels
by John Stienbeck... and a time before the corporate commercialism of Cannery
Row. It was an era of inner reflection set against a backdrop of quiet abandon...