2011 at Thunder-Sky, Inc. will feature six exhibits and each show is all about finding new ways to see, make, present, feel, and imagine what art is, who artists are, and what we can all do together to push the limits beyond “white walls/white wine/white people.”
Ice Ice Baby: Michael Weber, Bob Scheadler, Adam Maloney (January 7, 2010 – February 18, 2010) Paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs about the big freeze by Weber and Sheadler. A sound installation titled “In Space No One Can Hear Your Tractor Beam” by Adam Maloney. Opens January 7, 2011 with a reception 6 to 9 pm.
Bunky Echo-Hawk: New Works (February 25, 2011 – April 15, 2011) Echo-Hawk, a Native American painter/writer/performer from Oklahoma whose works are saturated in Pop-Art colors and street-smart savvy, investigates the meanings of “Native” and “American” through historical and cultural iconography and myth. Opens February 25, 2011 with a reception 6 to 9 pm.
2 + 2 = 5: Collaborations (April 29, 2011 – June 10, 2011) “I admit that two plus two makes four is an excellent thing, but if we are to give everything its due, two plus two makes five is sometimes a very charming thing too.” (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from the Underground) Artists of all kinds and creeds work together on paintings and drawings, including several collaborations involving unfinished works by Mr. Thunder-Sky himself. Opens April 29, 2011 with a reception 6 to 9 pm.
Hard Knocks: Art without Art School (June 24, 2011 – August 12, 2011) Co-curated by Antonio Adams, Ran Barnaclo and Spencer VanDerzee. A group show featuring artists who could not go, did not go, and/or chose not to go to art school; the level playing field provides ample space to see that “self-taught artists” produce an amazingly diverse spectrum of styles and subject-matters. Opens with a reception June 24, 2011 6 to 9 pm.
Order of Selection: Jessie Dunahoo, Stevie Grueter, Jennifer Meridieth (August 26, 2011 – October 14, 2011) Drawings on rocks she finds along the road (Grueter), sculptures made from plastic bags (Dunahoo), and drawings about a world two miles away from normal (Meridieth). In Under-Sky, Inc., the basement space: “The $50 Museum: a Thunder-Sky, Inc. fundraiser.” Opens with a recepion 6 to 9 pm August 26, 2011.
Entertainment Tonight!: Ran Barnaclo, Larry Cocklin (October 28, 2011 – December 23, 2010) Art that is both funny-haha and funny-weird, done by two young artists inspired by Darth Vader, Abraham Lincoln, Jesus, and the random thoughts inside wild animal heads. Opens with a reception 6 to 9 pm October 28, 2011.
Photos top to bottom: From 2 + 2 = 5, Donald Henry, Dale Jackson, Bill Ross. Bunky Echo-Hawk’s art. Poster for “Hard Knocks.” And work by Jessie Dunahoo.