CALL to ARTISTS: Chris Farley Tribute Show in October

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Lay Off Me I’m Starving: Aesthetic Responses to Chris Farley opens October 14, 2017 (opening reception 6 to 10) at Thunder-Sky, Inc. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Chris Farley’s death (12/18/1997), “Lay Off Me I’m Starving” invites artists from the region to contemplate Farley’s legacy as bombastic, slapstick clown, perennial people-pleaser, and tragic genius. On the exact date of his passing, we will be sponsoring a reading of literary works about him, as well as screen Tommy Boy, to close the show.

Type of works:  All media, whatever you come up with.   (Pictured above is a portrait of Chris, by Dion Hitchings, one of the first pieces we’ve received.)

Work drop-off:  October 7, 2017, 1 to 4 pm, Thunder-Sky, Inc. 4573 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45223.  PLEASE MAKE SURE you have a legible title, name of artist, and price attached to the work.

Contact: Keith (513) 515 9290 or Bill (513) 426-0477, if you want to participate, or email thunderskyinc@gmail.com

 

Blizzard of the Heart

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“Thunder-Snow” features artists of all kinds and backgrounds responding to the the Great Blizzard of 1978, when at least this part of the world was turned into a furious white non-universe, and somehow a coziness, even a comfort, came from that.   The show opens 1/7/17, reception 6 to 10 pm at Thunder-Sky, Inc.  One of the great aspects of the whole situation back then was a cold sense of survival kicking in, and Sharon Butler, of the Bonbonerie here in town, will be surveying that instinct through asking people to remember and write down the food they ate during the storm, when you couldn’t get out of your house to buy stuff so you had to make do with what you had…  Sharon will be cooking a show-closing dinner from all the recipes and notions she collects during show.  More on that later…  Below are works in the show.  Hope everyone can brave the January cold to come out and celebrate real cold.

Katherine Michael

Katherine Michael

Steve Paddack

Steve Paddack

Bill Ross

Bill Ross

Jesse Speight

Jesse Speight

Thunder-Sky, Inc. 2017: GROUPTHINK

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Every exhibition season we tend to choose a theme.  2017’s thematic just kind of happened accidentally, though, in a wonderful little bit of serendipity.  It turns out every exhibit people pitched to us, or we came up with on our own, is about groups of artists coming together to think and work through a variety of subjects and topics that truly reflect Mr. Thunder-Sky’s instincts and obsessions.  Enjoy…

“Thunder-Snow:  Artists Remember the Blizzard of 1978,” January 7, 2017 (opening reception 6 to 10 pm) – February 4, 2017.  Artists from across the area recover memories of the 1978 blizzard that blanketed the region, a multi-media exercise in aesthetic cabin-fever.

“Moonlight Madness,” February 11, 2017 (opening reception 6 to 10 pm) – March 31, 2017.  Curated by Thunder-Sky, Inc. Artist-in-Residence Emily Brandehoff.  Artists reclaim discarded prints and paintings (from thrift-stores and other sources) and reimagine them with their own materials and images.

“Otherwise:  Keith Benjamin, Ben Clark, and Richard Emery Nickolson” April 8, 2017 (opening reception 6 to 10 pm) – June 2, 2017.  Benjamin, a professor at the Cincinnati Art Academy, Clark, a self-taught artist from Hamilton, Ohio, and Nickolson, Professor Emeritus from Herron School of Art and Design, make works that stand alone as personal totems of moments from their lives.  Their works exhibited side by side by side reveal the poetic connections among disparate imaginations.

“Pop Press,” June 10, 2017 (opening reception 6 to 10 pm) – August 4, 2017.  Scott Bruno, Creative Director at b graphic design, has amassed a large number of interesting and bizarre news clippings and other ephemera throughout the years, including personal ads like this, “DEAR RAY, Remember our first date?  I smelled fried chicken.  I was overmedicated several months after our daughter died.  Call me, babe.”  Bruno is pairing up a select group of artists with these bits and pieces of eclectic information as prompts for a variety of works that survey strangeness by beginning with the strange.

“The Master of Loyalty Is in the Gallery Tonight:  Art about Antonio Adams,” August 12, 2017 (opening reception 6 to 10 pm) – October 6, 2017.  Pique Gallery (Covington, KY) co-owner and curator Lindsey Whittle curates works by a variety of artists inspired by local genius (and Thunder-Sky, Inc. Artist-in-Residence) Antonio Adams.

“Lay Off Me I’m Starving:  Aesthetic Reponses to Chris Farley,” October 14, 2017 (opening reception 6 to 10 pm) – December 29, 2017.  Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Chris Farley’s death (12/18/1997), “Lay Off Me I’m Starving” invites artists from the region to contemplate Farley’s legacy as bombastic, slapstick clown, perennial people-pleaser, and tragic genius.  On the exact date of his passing, we will be sponsoring a reading of literary works about him, as well as screen Tommy Boy, to close the show.

Master of Loyalty

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Antonio Adams has earned his status as Master of Loyalty, as you can witness from the photos above.  He has been working hard for the last 17 or so years on perfecting a body of artwork that reveals what it means to be an artist and a friend.  He’s the Artist in Residence at Thunder-Sky, Inc.  He’s the co-founder of Visionaries + Voices.  (In fact it was his brilliance and kindness and sense of duty that spawned the whole idea of an art studio specifically for self-taught artists; he drew out the initial plans, and he created the atmosphere and ethics for both Thunder-Sky, Inc. and V+V.)

Antonio’s a hard worker and a survivor and he can make art that not only reflects trials and tribulations, but that celebrates his own genius without any self-involved BS.  He is building a world inside his head and then making it happen externally through art shows and costumes and manifestos and funky parties.  He works hard at Frisch’s.  He works hard at Thunder-Sky, Inc.  He keeps Raymond Thunder-Sky’s spirit alive through practicing what he and Raymond always preached:  get a job, do it well, be kind, laugh, move forward.

Antonio’s latest gig at Thunder-Sky, Inc. opens August 26, 2016.  “Well-Known Pacifically” is the final installment of a trilogy of shows started in 2012, and is a survey of all the work he’s done in creating that trilogy, including the debut of a masterwork.  There will be red-carpet, velvet-ropes, a Tribute group show to Prince in the basement of the gallery, and some food and beverages.  6 to 10 pm reception. 

“Life on Mars” in the Basement

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Thunder-Sky, Inc. fave Emily Brandehoff is curating a big gig to go along with our April/May/June show, “Radically Visible.”  She has sent out a call to artists for “Bowie in the Basement,” which will feature over 40 artists’ renditions of what David Bowie meant to generations of people.  Obviously the show is in the basement, and during the opening April 29, 2016, we’ll be karaoking some of Bowie’s best tunes in effigy.

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