Sunday, May 27, 2012

rock n roll on newtown lane

Harper's Books looking good; Jane Huntington's Reclaimed Bunny #2, (above), 2010, C-print

Open for the Stones V2
Harper's Books
curated by Kevin Teare

Kevin Teare, Child of the Moon, 2012, oil on mylar

Bravo Kevin Teare, curator extraordinaire of Open for the Stones V2 at Harper's Books in East Hampton. Teare, a veteran of both the music and art worlds, has orchestrated quite the round-up of artists-cum-musicians, or vice versa. 

Mike Solomon, Kick and Snare, 1992, Plasticine and powdered pigment

Above, perfection from Mike Solomon -- waxy imprints of form and function. The performative and the static. Very cool.

Teare seems to be one of those people that's living at least 4 or 5 lifetimes simultaneously. Large works on paper on view here seem to pulsate behind glass enclosures. The syncopation is divine. Like many of the artists here, he's also a successful recording artist.

From Stuart Sutcliffe's inky collage to Tara Israel's chilling Hank 3 images, Teare's compilation offers a glimpse into the double lives of some of our most heralded artist/musicians. Check out some of the works:

Steve Miller, Against Ideas, 2000, pigment dispersion and silkscreen on canvas

Don Christensen, Goose Step, 2012, acrylic on wooden step stool, wire

           Stuart Sutcliffe, Untitled Hamburg Series, #15, c. 1960-62                    Liz Markus, T: Art forum Ad (Clemente); B: Art forum A                                                                                                                                   Ad (Polke), both 2012, glitter and collage

If not for a life tragically cut short at just 22 years old, surely Stuart Sutcliffe would have developed into an artist among the pantheon of British greats.

Peter Dayton, Wipe Out, 2012

a group of us, Murdered to Keep Us Safe, 2012 and Bethany Fancher, Harlem

Bethany Fancher, Indie Rocker, 2009
Other wonderful works by Ron Nagle, Jameson Ellis and Pat Place are not to be missed.

Open for the Stones V2 will be on tour through 2012, stopping in New York City and then off to parts unknown. You can check it out at Harper's Books through June 25. 

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