ArtBeat: Are We Having Art Yet? Bill Griffith at BCB Art [Get Visual]

October 14th, 2011, 10:30 am by Sara
Bill Griffith: Zippy The Pinhead @ BCB Art

By David Brickman

Irreverent, absurd, existentialist – Bill Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead embodies these traits as only a character born out of the San Francisco underground comics scene of the 1970s could. Yet in 2011 he is going stronger than ever, in syndication to about 200 daily newspapers, out in a new book, and now appearing in an inspired exhibition at BCB Art in Hudson.

Titled Are We Having Art Yet? Selected Drawings 1978-2011, the show presents numerous original inked versions of daily strips, several inked originals of a 1990 Zippy calendar, a few pencil renderings of early Zippy covers, and signed inkjet prints of other Zippy material. All the work on the walls is in ink or pencil – i.e. no color – and was, of course, created for reproduction, so it has that special quality of blacks and whites, of hatching and cross-hatching, that gives all graphic art a certain eye-appeal.

But, rather than let the monotony of monochrome get overwhelming, Bruce Bergmann, the gallery’s owner, has placed most of the work along a bright yellow rail, backed by a garish band of the same yellow with a pattern of big, red polka dots. The design scheme is taken from Zip’s costume, but it also imparts a properly carnivalesque atmosphere to the exhibition. Yes, it says, you may be in an art gallery, but you don’t need to take anything too seriously here.

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ArtBeat: Thunder Bunny Buddha Shrine @ BCB ART, Hudson

November 10th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Sara
 Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat: Thunder Bunny Buddha Shrine

Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat: Thunder Bunny Buddha Shrine

Painter, sculptor, children’s book author and illustrator, game designer…Musho Rodney Alan Greenblat’s vivid and whimsical designs span multiple categories. An exhibit of new and recent work, combining his colorful vision of Buddhist imagery and his Japanese mass-market character and product designs, opens Saturday at BCB ART in Hudson. The show includes new paintings and constructions, as well as ceramics, print editions and consumer products including children’s toys and books.

Also on display will be a selection of work by filmmaker/director John Inwood, from a recent trip to Bangkok where he photographed Wat Pho, the largest sculpture of a reclining Buddha, as well as a group exhibition of gallery artists, including work by Garth Evans, Ching Ho Cheng, Barbara Friedman, Eric Rhein, Martha Lloyd, Philip Howie, Frank Cressotti, Fred Scruton and others.

An opening reception for the artists will be held at the gallery on Saturday November 13th from 6-8 pm. The show runs through December 19.

ArtBeat: John Foxx’s “The Quiet Man” @ BCB Art

November 9th, 2009, 12:34 pm by Greg

Former lead vocalist with the pioneering British band Ultravox, John Foxx has quite successfully re-invented himself as an artist in the three decades since he left the Ultravox fold, and BCB Art in Hudson is hosting an exhibition of his haunting black and white (along with a few color) photographs and films.

Foxx was in attendance at BCB Art for the exhibition’s opening reception on Saturday, November 7, offering a mid-afternoon spoken-word performance.

Elegant and eloquent, Foxx read “A Man Made of Shadows” – a section of his ongoing project “The Quiet Man” – to accompany a film collage of cut-up and re-edited vintage black and white films.

“It’s an example of theft,” Foxx readily admitted. “But I hope it’s creative theft.”

Following his reading, Foxx graciously presided over a Q&A session with his fans, several of whom had driven in from quite a distance – New Jersey and western Pennsylvania, for example. The topics of discussion ranged from his aversion to automobiles to Kraftwerk vs. David Bowie.

“I really think that the most important thing that we do as human beings is to tell each other our stories,” Foxx said. And certainly Foxx’s stories are fascinating.

“The Quiet Man” exhibition remains on view at BCB Art through Saturday, December 19.

But Wait, There’s More…

November 4th, 2009, 10:36 am by Sara

Plz, you didn’t really think I was going to stop at one John Foxx video, did you?

Here’s a preview of The Quiet Man, the work that he’ll be highlighting this Saturday at BCB Art in Hudson. Sonically, it’s a cross between Brian Eno and Robert Ashley’s opera, Private Lives. The work itself is reminiscent of J. G. Ballard, with themes of memory, emptiness and decay.

Here’s the same preview but it’s introduced by Foxx himself, who explains the evolution of the work:

Real Good For Free: John Foxx @ BCB Art, 11/07/09

November 3rd, 2009, 11:14 am by Sara

Holy shit, John Foxx, musician, artist and major crush of my youth is coming to BCB Art in Hudson on Saturday, November 7 for the opening reception of an exhibit of photographs and films, based on his “The Quiet Man” stories. There’s a spoken word performance at 3pm and an opening reception for the exhibit from 6-8pm.

That would be the first North American public performance since he toured with electronic-pop pioneers Ultravox! in 1979.

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