Friday, December 9, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Billy Shire celebrates 25 years with huge group show & book
Part 1 opens October 7 & 8, 8–11 PM
Part 2 opens November 4 & 5, 8–11 PM
To celebrate 25 years of groundbreaking art shows, Billy Shire presents his biggest event ever: La Luz de Jesus 25, a major retrospective exhibition and companion book. The show, offering work by more than 260 artists who have exhibited at the gallery over the years, is so extensive that Shire has split it into two parts, each with two opening nights: part 1 opens October 7 and 8, and part 2 opens November 4 and 5. The list of participating artists is a veritable Who’s Who of art world luminaries. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see all these artists together in one show.
The book, La Luz de Jesus 25: The Little Gallery That Could, features images of all the art in the show, a personal anecdote about Shire and the gallery written by each artist, essays by La Luz gallery directors and a foreword by Shire. The book is more than a simple record of the show. Taken together, the images and essays present a history of La Luz de Jesus through the eyes of the artists whose careers are intertwined with Shire and his gallery.
Jupiter - 2011 - 18 x 22 in. - acrylic on canvas
About La Luz de Jesus
Billy Shire opened La Luz de Jesus in 1986 to showcase the work of underground and folk artists largely ignored or dismissed by the legitimate art world. The first permanent gallery space to exhibit alternative art, La Luz quickly became famous as much for its splashy, raucous monthly opening parties as for the often outrageous and confrontational art on its walls. When choosing artists, Shire challenged received notions of “good taste” and “high art” and rejected the arbitrary but long-cherished distinction between commercial and fine art, embracing illustration, underground art, outsider art, animation, and comics, both underground and mainstream. As a result, many artists hugely successful today credit Shire with having launched their careers, and he is widely acknowledged as a seminal figure in contemporary art movements such as Lowbrow and Pop Surrealism.
***FOUNTAIN of YOUTH FOUND in COSM
Yes, it is right here in the pages of COSM the Journal of Visionary Culture. It must be true! I have a new work, or rather thought/teaching in this new issue #7. This Magazine is published through the leadership and insight of one of our foremost visionaries, Alex Grey.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Here is an article in the Baltimore Sun about the C.A.R.T exhibit currently on at Current Space Gallery in Baltimore. .....and they used one of my pictures for the article!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Tomorrow is the opening of an enormous group show I am happy to be part of at Current Space Gallery in Baltimore Maryland. At least 70 artist's interpretations of products and packaging in this store set-up 'art of commerce' ( or is it the groceries of art ) show called C.A.R.T.. The show continues to September 4th.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This week for 7 days I will be posting STUFF for Arden Hill's project Four For The Day which he has posted on Wordpress. This project gets people to post a collection of four things every day for one week. It started January 1st and will end December 31st. I have Day#179 - Day#185. I had so many options of things around my studio that it was a tough ride in deciding. The model rocket ships I have here was one of the hopefulls that did not make it. Maybe if I had a better photo?
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I am looking to sell this painting of mine for the current owner who had originally purchased it in 1985 which is also the year in which it was painted when I had a studio at Forum Art Institute in the old CPR Station building.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011 • 8:00 p.m.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Groundswell New Music returns to celebrate our 20th anniversary of New Music Festival. Come see and hear Winnipeg’s own Experimental Improv Ensemble in an exciting work that combines cinema, lights, and sound. Be dazzled by the incredible sound installations created by Daryn Bond. Hear wonderful new works by Winnipeg composers Diana McIntosh, Gordon Fitzell and Jim Hiscott. As well, witness the creation of a new work by visual artist John Funk. Curated by Diana McIntosh and Gordon Fitzell of GroundSwell.
eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE); Gordon Fitzell, director Diana McIntosh, voice, piano, percussion Allen Harrington, saxophone Laura Loewen, piano Victoria Sparks, percussion Meredith Johnson, bass Bede Hanley, oboe Herbert Enns, video Gordon Fitzell, electronics Katharine Bruce, real-time visual art John Funk, real-time visual art Daryn Bond, media installation
XIE (CAN): Live soundtracks – Part 1 (see below) Diana McIntosh/Allen Harrington (CAN): Improv Duo Daryn Bond (CAN): Area Clear Gordon Fitzell (CAN): Metropolis Diana McIntosh (CAN): Sampling the Communication Parameters in the Ambience of Structural Phrasing and Dynamics in Contemporary Music Jim Hiscott (CAN): Tangle Diana McIntosh (CAN): …and 8:30 in Newfoundland XIE (CAN): Live soundtracks – Part 2 (see below)
Live soundtracks to local experimental films: 412222 (2007) by Robert Pasternak, Sitka (2009) by Olga Zikrata, Going going gone (2008) by Carole O’Brien, Chroma-dance (2007) by James Pomeroy, Malaguena (2004) by Coral Aiken, The Great Divide (2008) by Bryan Besant