My Other Guitar is a Paintbrush
Opens October 13 with Artists’ Reception from 7-9pm
MY OTHER GUITAR IS A PAINTBRUSH
Opening reception for artists October 13, 2012. Exhibit open through November 17
One Mile Gallery is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition, My Other Guitar is a Paintbrush, featuring work by visual artists who’re more often recognized for their work as musicians. Artists include Rachel Blumberg (M. Ward, The Decemberists), Brian Dewan (They Might be Giants), Sue Garner (Run On), Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo), Tara Key (Antietam), Tara Jane O’Neil, and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth). Their work will be on display at One Mile Gallery until November 17, starting with a opening reception for the artists on October 13 from 7 – 9pm.
In addition to works ranging from painting and photography to block prints and installations, artists from the exhibition are also preparing a CD of original music that will be available exclusively at the gallery. “We are thrilled to have such an incredible roster of artists showing at the gallery,” said Janet Hicks and Eddie Mullins, founders of One Mile. “It’s no surprise that such gifted musicians are equally adept in visual media.”
Artist Tara Key says “Sometimes it seems like 75% of rock bands through history started at art school. My own story is exactly that. I was a painter first and then my heart got hijacked by the punk rock we were listening to as we all painted together in our studio. There was something intoxicating about the immediacy of connection and the physicality of making noises that, while aping a similar brawling approach I had to throwing paint on a canvas, yielded in some different results: bloodied hands, rapid heartbeat, a rush like a sugar high, and a feeling of communion that came from working in collaboration rather than being the sole member of the Board. Extending the collaboration to include the folks I was playing for. We were all in it together and it wasn’t as lonely as wearing the hat alone.
Over the years I continued to make visual art-for myself, for my album covers and posters, but over the years, as I settled into having a distinct voice musically, I have found excitement in unpausing the button on developing my eye and applying the same level of intensity that I have given to my Les Paul. I always thought I could not do both at once because they required different parts of me, but when I realized that my energies complimented each other rather than competing for my time, both impulses were made better, sharper. And I feel like I have a lot to say and learn still visually and that is extraordinarily exciting.”
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