RIP: Guy Spataford, 1951-2014
By Greg Haymes
Albany native and multi-media artist Guy Spataford passed away on Wednesday, October 29 after losing his battle with liver cancer. He was 63 years old.
Spataford originally made his name in the arts on the Local 518 music scene, as a composer-musician with the Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts at The Egg, and as a founding member of Albany’s premiere progressive rock band, od.
But music was only one of Spataford’s many creative talents. He was also an accomplished videographer and short film maker, and among his best known works was the 1986 film biography of the legendary Albany street character, “Michael the Archangel”.
With Penny Kurtz, his wife and co-artistic creator for the past 37 years, Spataford embraced digital media, developing Switch Zoo, an online educational game (and way-cool website) that encourages players to create their own strange, new hybrid animals.
In lieu of flowers, friends and fans are asked to make a donation to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Spataford’s memory.
Guy Spataford’s obituary