Though most people are probably familiar with Mark Mothersbaugh for being a member of musical provocateurs Devo or perhaps for his soundtrack work, which has ranged from The Royal Tenenbaums to The LEGO Movie, this Renaissance man and Akron native has also worked in various visual mediums throughout his career in those other fields. A selection of that work has recently been collected under the title “Myopia” and is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Concurrently, Princeton Architectural Press has published a book of the same title that also places the art in the context of Mothersbaugh’s work with Devo.
Tonight at The Strand, Mothersbaugh will be discussing the book with its editor and MCA Denver’s director, Adam Lerner, as well as signing copies for those in attendance afterwards. One must purchase a copy of the book to attend, and other memorabilia will not be signed, so leave those energy domes at home spud boys!
Tonight, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative Gallery, the art space run by the organization spearheading the development of green spaces along a 14-mile stretch of Brooklyn’s waterfront, is hosting a reception for the latest installment of its quarterly arts series: “Brooklyn Stacked & Sorted: New Collages” by Brooklyn-based artist and Cleveland native Rich Garr. Garr, who says his interest in connecting history and art began when taking classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art as a child, has worked at the Brooklyn Museum and has taught at the Educational Alliance Art School, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Kentler International Drawing Space, and the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park. His work “reflects an interest in architecture and urban development, and the way in which people react to the world around them.” The reception is from 6 to 8pm tonight, while the exhibition will be on view until October 16.
I’ve written about Nyack-based visual artist Robert Stratiin the past. This weekend is the last for the former Columbus denizen’s most recent exhibition, Diagramming Schematic Intangibility, which has been on display at the Robert Henry Contemporary gallery since the end of November and has garnered praise from The Village Voice’s Robert Shuster and other critics. I’m fond of this description of Rob’s work from the Robert Henry website: “Looking like a strange, complex musical staff or a mad scientist’s secret plan, his prints, composed on the computer, are using the formal interplay of the point, line and plane to explore visualizations of the ethereal.”
The gallery, which is located in Bushwick, will be open today and tomorrow from 1 to 6pm.
Earlier this week, Ohio visual artist Ann Hamilton’s “the event of a thread” exhibit opened at the Park Avenue Armory. Hamilton is in town today to speak on the installation, which will be up until January 6. While it will cost $10 for admission to the artist talk at 2pm, today it is free to view the exhibition, which normally costs $12.
Hamilton was born in Lima, Ohio and currently lives in Columbus where she is a Distinguished University Professor of Art at Ohio State. She made her reputation in the ’90s with large-scale, multimedia installations, but “the event of a thread” is Hamilton’s first new work to be shown in New York in more than a decade. The installation features 42 swings large enough to seat two adults. “Ann Hamilton combines the ephemeral presence of time with the material tactility,” the Armory says on their website. “A multisensory affair, the work draws together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invite visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself, illuminating the experience of the singular and collective body.”
Given that this year he’s released two solo albums and two records with Guided By Voices—with a third on the way next month—it’s a wonder that Robert Pollard has time to eat and sleep let alone do anything else. Somehow, though, he finds the time to pursue visual art as well. Largely collage work, Pollard’s art has been described as reminiscent of Duchamp, while also exhibiting the painterly qualities of De Cherico and Yves Tanguy. While he has featured his collages on many an album cover, Pollard’s been making headway in the art world, having several solo gallery shows over the last few years.
Meanwhile, Pollard’s songwriting partner in the current and “classic” version of GBV, Tobin Sprout, has long had a career as an artist. Sprout studied illustration and graphic design at Ohio University and has worked in such a capacity for many corporate clients. Once the incarnation of GBV that made such records as Propeller and Bee Thousand was put in mothballs in 1996, Sprout began pursuing a fairly successful career as a painter, working in a surrealist mode.
Pollard and Sprout will be showing their visual art together for the first time (as far as I can recall) this weekend at The Library Is on Fire Headquarters (114 Forrest Street) in Bushwick. Entitled “The Big Hat & Toy Show,” the exhibition opens tonight at 6pm, with the Dayton natives most likely in attendance. The show will also be available for viewing on Saturday from 2 to 11pm and on Sunday by appointment.
In the meantime, check out the video below for “Keep It in Motion” off of GBV’s most recent release, Class Clown Spots a UFO.
I’ve written about Sam Martineau, a visual artist and record label mogul originating from Springfield, Ohio, before in these virtual pages. Martineau is showing a collection of new paintings in a solo exhibition entitled Fair Touching. The exhibition, which opens with a reception this evening at 6pm, will be up at Rawson Projects until October 21. For more information on the exhibition and Martneau’s other projects, visit sammartineau.com.
I got an email the other day from a friend that attended the opening for Gallery 1988’s first New York edition of their annual Crazy 4 Cult exhibition, a showing of artwork all inspired by movies. She said that she was pleasantly surprised to come across a piece, “Knights who ’til recently said NI” (pictured), by our mutual Columbus-based bud Clinton Reno. Anyway, the whole show looks like a lot of fun and definitely worth checking out. It will be up until September 1 at 64 Gansevoort Street in the Meat Packing District. And if you dig Clint’s piece, you should check out his other work as well.