OFF THE WALLS exhibit – Special Events

The Full List of Events for the OFF THE WALLS: From Junk to Art exhibition (on view April 22 through May 27, 2017):

Saturday, April 22, 4 p.m.

Sculptor, Willie Cole

Live interview with guest curator Willie Cole at HiLo (365 Main Street, Catskill) moderated by sculptor Robert Tomlinson and recorded for broadcast on Mr. Tomlinson’s monthly radio show “Purple House” on Catskill’s creative community radio station WGXC (90.7 FM).

Saturday, April 22, 5 to 7 p.m.

OFF THE WALLS opening reception at GCCA’s gallery (398 Main Street) and MainSpace (404-406 Main Street). Attendees will receive a map listing all the locations in Catskill where artwork is located.

Monday, April 17 to Thursday April 27

Vahap Avsar’s “Black Album Installation” at MainSpace (404-406 Main Street in Catskill). International sculptor Vahap Avsar will build a wall piece (the “Black Album Installation”) out of tar paintings that he has been making for a number of years. Using approximately sixteen hollow doors to affix the individual paintings, the entire piece will resemble a very large landscape painting. Mr. Avsar will be bringing his personal studio to 404-406 Main Street from April 17 to April 27, adding a performative aspect to his creation of the Black Album Installation.

Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m.

Ken Butler (photo credit Jesse Winter)

Benefit Concert & Dance Party for GCCA & WGXC (90.7 FM)  Musical performances by Ken Butler, Peter Head, and special guests at HiLo Catskill, followed by Cinco de Mayo dance party (DJ’d by Neva Wartell), live broadcast from 7-9:30pm on WGXC (90.7FM).  Tickets: $10 ($5 after 9:30 pm for dance party only)

Ken Butler is an internationally recognized artist, musician, and innovator of experimental musical instruments created from diverse materials including tools, sports equipment, and household objects. Tickets: $10 ($5 after 9:30 p.m.)

Thursday, May 22, 1-3 p.m.

Guided critique of OFF THE WALLS for Catskill High School students, followed by a recycled materials art project at the Catskill Community Center (rain date of May 23).

Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m.

Screening of critically acclaimed documentary MARWENCOL, preceded by musical performance by Jen DuBois (of Dust Bowl Faeries) at Drive-In 32 in Greenville, NY (screening begins at dark). Tickets: $10

MARWENCOL is a feature documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp. After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs “Marwencol” with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town’s many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the psychic wounds of the attack. When Mark and his photographs are discovered, a prestigious New York gallery sets up an art show. Suddenly Mark’s homemade therapy is deemed “art”, forcing him to choose between the safety of his fantasy life in Marwencol and the real world that he’s avoided since the attack.

Jen DuBois (photo credit Noah Fowler)

Jen DuBois is a singer/songwriter and musician who was raised in Greene County, and lived and studied flamenco guitar in Spain. For the past two years, she has been the guitarist for the Dust Bowl Faeries, and writing and performing original compositions as a solo artist.

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