Eastern influence dominated this Conklin poster in which slithering serpents split three-night stands of Moby Grape, Jeff Beck, Mint Tattoo and the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Nerd, and James Cotton at the Fillmore West.
The handbill measures 4 11/16" x 7 1/8" and displays a calendar of upcoming Bill Graham events on the reverse. It was printed before the concert.
There were also some pre-concert double-sized mailers printed that were conjoined with the BG129 image (see BG129/130). They measure 4 5/8" x 14 3/8".
Lee Conklin's early influences were pen and ink masters Heinrich Kley and Saul Steinberg.After seeing articles featuring Wes Wilson's poster art, Conklin was inspired to visit San Francisco and show his art to Bill Graham. Conklin was soon commissioned to do posters and produced 31 original designs for the Fillmore between 1968 and 1969. Conklin rendered both graphics and calligraphy in intricate detail. What began as a personal challenge to disguise images within images and lettering soon turned into a concerted effort to turn every single letter and figure into another form, stretching the imagination to new limits.
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