Friday, March 23, 2012

George Kuchar & Larry Leibowitz at 2010 Mulherin + Pollard exhibit

I shot this off Larry Liebowitz' camera ( we couldn't find the right cable!) 
It's George Kuchar & his longtime friend Larry at our opening for George's show, Always & Forever, in 2010.  They're standing in front of, 2 x 4 Eyes, which was George's new title for his painting of Larry & his mother. George painted this as a gift for Larry's mom and story goes she hated the painting - since it looked like she was sitting in Larry's lap. So she refused it!  (She is definitely sitting in Larry's lap!)

Larry stopped by the gallery to see our current exhibit of some of George's comics, photos and some childhood drawings, Snapshots & Twisted Tales at our new space on Chrystie St. in NYC
and he showed me these photos from our past show. Sad & wonderful. 

Larry pointed out that George died almost a year to the day from this photo. I think it was a few days off, but close. Needless to say Larry is devastated by George's passing. They'd been friends since about 5th grade. 

I love this photo.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

See more of Gian Pierroti's MOBILE FIRING UNIT & other works

see more here :
and info on his upcoming show here:

Gian Pierroti moves his kiln through town

Gian Pierotti and Allan Ludwig: FUTURE PWR DWN = PWR UP

Opening Thursday March 15th, 6–8
ADA Gallery, 228 West Broad Street, Richmond, Va.

Gian Pierotti and Allan Ludwig are artists dealing with shared concerns regarding our unstable societal systems and the need to prepare for a collapse they see as inevitable. They seek refuge through their works, hoping to provide alternatives and create constructive visions for the future.
Pierotti recasts the traditional medium of clay into a wildly inventive practice of ceramics, producing his playfully eccentric takes on everyday objects. His sculptures (tents, a bread oven on wheels, a hook on chains, knives, barrels) suggest the imaginary artifacts of survival tools to be used during some unnamed future calamity.
Ludwig explores the possibilities presented by grid systems to make sense of the world by remapping and rebuilding the everyday objects and images around us. Through an understanding of the foundations of form by means of the grid, he suggests that we can visualize the potential for revolutionary new systems and structures.
Both artists employ elements of fantasy and the speculative nature of science fiction into their work. Through these humble building blocks of a proposed future, they reimagine the familiar and suggest a reconsideration and remaking of society and the world itself.
Gian Pierotti was born in 1975 in Utah and raised in the mountainous regions of the West. Glimmers of a future artistic calling were present in his youthful fabrications of make-believe weapons from the vines and brambles in his surrounding environs. More recently he participated in a Dungeons & Dragons-themed show Doom Slangers at Allegra La Viola Gallery, New York, as well as receiving his MFA in the Crafts Department of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Born in 1977 in Orlando, Florida, Allan Ludwig’s artistic career was launched when he won a Wheel of Fortune board game in a coloring contest from the local newspaper. He later earned a BFA in painting from Brigham Young University in 2004 and his MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. His work has been published in New American Paintings. He is presently immersed in reading 20 years worth of Madman comics.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

George Kuchar's childhood drawings, part of Snapshots & Twisted Tales at Mulherin & Pollard

I love this one. I don't know the exact date of this drawing, it was in a portfolio together with two bound sketchbooks from 1957. I think these were earlier.. so most probably done when George was 14 or 15.  I love seeing George's sense of humor in these works, it seems like George was just born George. 
A comic genius.
Come see these works, as well as some of the comics from the 1970's. 

Mulherin & Pollard
187 Chrystie ST.
NY, NY 10002

Now through March 25, 2012