In the Garden

| Events

“I visited Raymond Thunder-Sky’s grave at Arlington Memorial Gardens the other day.  Of course, on this day the lane that leads to his grave was lined with construction cones (see below).  This made me smile.  The section of the cemetery Raymond is buried is called ‘The Garden of Restoration.’  There is something very poetic in this as most of Raymond’s creative life was spent at demolition sites, dressed as a clown, wearing a hardhat and drawing.  He focused on what was being torn down in his drawings while ‘imagineering’ what he wanted to put in it’s place with added text.  The Garden of Restoration is the title of the first show of our 7th season at Thunder-Sky, Inc. and features poetic new works by artists Adrian Cox and Tom Towhey.  The show opens Saturday January 9th with a reception from 6-10 PM.”  Bill Ross, Thunder-Sky, Inc.

 

10173590_10154452342679278_5840066705665730728_n

 

Tom Towhey

Tom Towhey

 

Adrian Cox

Adrian Cox

Thunder-Sky, Inc. 2016: Radical Approaches

| Events

 

This will be our seventh year in existence, and the collection of exhibits we’ve pulled together represent Thunder-Sky, Inc.’s vision and mission pretty spectacularly: paintings, costumes, sculptures, installations, performances, shadow-boxes, songs… All of these artists have totally different and divergent approaches, all of them “radical” in ways you’ll need to see to believe, and all with a distinct and powerful sense of authority and ingenuity in sync with Raymond Thunder-Sky’s legacy.

 

January 9, 2016 – February 13, 2016: “The Garden of Restoration: New Works by Tom Towhey and Adrian Cox.” Two veteran, skilled painters, one from Cincinnati (Towhey) and the other from St. Louis, Missouri, create works that are disturbingly plush and whimsical but also have the depth and cunning of masterpiece daydreams. Hieronymus Bosch and Salvador Dali can be used as reference points, but then both painters slide away from reference into their own versions of paradise and the opposite.

 

February 26, 2016 – April 9, 2016: “Utopia Parkway Revisited: Contemporary Artists in Joseph Cornell’s Shadow.” Joseph Cornell was an “outsider artist” before “outsider art” was engendered as a label. In the early 20th Century, he lived in Queens, New York with his mom and brother, and created a secret world of shadow boxes, movie-star dossiers, collages and home-movies that are seen today as remarkable works of art. Local artists Jeff Casto, Marc Lambert, Christian Schmit, Matthew Waldeck, and Matthew Waldeck Jr. make art that both mimics Cornell’s approach (collage, sculpture, assemblage, and appropriation), as well as the spirit involved in his vision, creating and recreating an aesthetic universe based in nostalgia, obsession, and pop culture.

 

April 29, 2016 – June 11, 2016: “Radically Visible.” Sky Heyn Cubacub, Lindsey Whittle, Craig Matis, and Antonio Adams. Cubacab, Whittle, Matis, and Adams are artists who use costume, performance, music, language, and symbol as vital ways to break down the barriers between artists and audience, and to both celebrate and invigorate the conversations and tensions around identity, appearance, and meaning. The works in the show range from costumes, performances, songs, paintings, drawings, and collages.

 

June 24, 2016 – August 13, 2016: “Dollar General: Installation Art by The Girls Coloring Space.” Krista Gregory, Jamie Muenzer and Kathy Brannigan comprise the artists collective The Girls Coloring Space. The premise of this show: Thunder-Sky, Inc. is awarding a $100.00 grant for materials to The Girls Coloring Space with the stipulation they must spend the 100 on materials at a local Dollar General store. That will be the only materials they can use to make art and/or to install the show outside of the white-paint and spackle and nails the gallery has on-hand. The Girls Coloring Space has the wit, ingenuity, and sense of intuitive style needed to make “Dollar General” an aesthetic and commercial success.

 

August 26, 2016 – October 8, 2016: “Well-Known Pacifically: New Works by Antonio Adams.” This will be Antonio Adams’ second one-man show at Thunder-Sky, Inc., and the third installment of a series of works that began with “Unrealized & Unforeseen” in 2012, followed by “Outcasts from Hollywood” in 2014.  In “Well-Known Pacifically,” Adams continues to explore his Technicolor notions of celebrity and reality with a sense of mischief, comic grief and funky spirituality.

 

October 28, 2016 – December 10, 2016: “Flourish: Cindy Dunham and Carla Knopp.” Two artists from Indianapolis work in different modes and scale, but find common ground in the gallery space. Dunham draws and makes intensely-colored digital prints from the drawings. Knopp, a painter and sculptor, will be featuring sculptural pieces that have the shape and form of phantom wild life.

 

Tom Towhey

Tom Towhey

Craig Matis

Craig Matis

Adrian Cox

Adrian Cox

Jeff Casto

Jeff Casto

Lost without You

| Events

 IMG_20150724_145445209_HDR

 

On August 28, 2015 (with an opening reception 6 to 10 pm), Thunder-Sky, Inc. presents “The Goodwill Biennial.” The show closes October 15, 2015. Ohio Valley Goodwill’s team in Cincinnati have been setting aside handmade art donated to the organization for the past year, in order to facilitate this project. Thunder-Sky, Inc. curators, as well as Matt Distel from the Carnegie (Covington, Kentucky) and Melanie Derrick from 1305 Gallery in Over the Rhine, are jurying an exhibit of these donated paintings, sculptures, drawings and other objects that have a distant connection with the present, and a distinct and dreamy sense of the past.  “The whole purpose of working with Goodwill is to treat the works we come across with respect and dignity, in order to find some kind of meaning/redemption in them that goes beyond kitsch and into another realm,” Thunder-Sky, Inc. Co-founder Keith Banner says. “Plus titling the whole project after sometimes pretentious and sometimes contentious contemporary biennial art surveys is kind of a lark – poking fun at the art-world, while also paying homage to artists who have been lost, consigned to donation bins.”  Raymond Thunder-Sky himself is another reason Thunder-Sky, Inc. is partnering with Ohio Valley Goodwill in Cincinnati. Thunder-Sky worked at Goodwill’s employment and training center for several years before he died, and often featured Goodwill in his drawings.

 

Time Machine

| Events

Amazing opening June 26, 2015, an amazing show.  “History Channel:  New Art from Old Art” is up through middle of August.

11357060_10153996630839278_1324019308487108165_o 1425275_10153996631269278_6644619982593674632_o 11201930_10153976790739278_1725486124111886817_n 11143473_10153931790304278_3092071051818838258_o (1) 10635709_10153921784494278_4825509874946863952_n 11180315_10153996460834278_6023238524703388033_n 11692591_10153996461429278_5109544947322446232_n 11136712_10153996577829278_8334901719300475364_n 988548_10207011164427467_1621979423645435507_n 11234055_10207011166987531_1000792264517990449_n 11027929_10207011166387516_4826460797120654510_n 11058790_10153976287624278_3906888606945472273_n

 

History Making Event

| Events

June 26, 2015, “History Channel:  New Art from Old Art” opens with a reception 6 to 10 pm at Thunder-Sky, Inc.  Lots of different artists riffing on lots of old and famous artists and art.  Check it out.

1596950_10153931755304278_2351452112132564905_o

Emily Brandehoff

10402012_780368162062023_2443109595930957165_n

Scott Carney

11143473_10153931790304278_3092071051818838258_o

Marc Lambert

11412260_10153926089219278_8227699917849698118_o

Antonio Adams

“Have a Bandit Day”

| Events

Eventide in Podunk

“Eventide in Podunk,” Steve Paddack

IMG_20150203_224441

“Not Done,” Avril Thurman

IMG_20141230_125853

“Have a Bandit Day,” Avril Thurman

IMG_20150203_223429

“Hay Helado,” Avril Thurman

The Vocabulary of Carpet

“The Vocabulary of Carpet,” Steve Paddack

Holiday in Times Beach

“Holiday in Times Beach,” Steve Paddack

Thunder-Sky, Inc. presents “Any Given Day: New Works by Steve Paddack and Avril Thurman,” opening with a reception 6 to 10 pm April 24, 2015. The exhibit closes June 12, 2015. “Any Given Day” features vibrant, unnerving works by Indianapolis-based Paddack and Cincinnati-based Thurman. Through a surreptitious system of images and codes that blossom into visual and sometimes disturbing poetry, both Paddack and Thurman find strangeness in the everyday, and an everyday-ness in the strange. A graduate of the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Paddack has been a working artist for over 30 years, and his paintings have both a steely grandeur and a dreamy irreverence. Thurman, a graduate of the Art Academy in Cincinnati, transforms words and objects into potent symbols that are both hard to interpret and yet make complete sense. Join us to celebrate “Any Given Day” Friday April 24, 2015.

“Any Given Day” Opens April 24, 2015

| Events

IMG_20150203_224441

“Not Done,” by Avril Thurman.

 

Eventide in Podunk

“Eventide in Podunk,” Steve Paddack

“Any Given Day:  New Works by Steve Paddack and Avril Thurman” opens April 24, 2015.  It’s one of those shows you have to see to believe, or maybe it’s the other way around.  Thurman loves word-play but also luxuriates in the fonts and style of each phrase and word.  Paddack luxuriates in mood; each painting seems to be a still from an ongoing epic motion picture concerning what you lose when you stop remembering.

MAKESHIFT: New Show Opens February 28, 2015

| Uncategorized

10863940_10153401988144278_4314910679965243772_o

“Makeshift:  New Works by Vincent Gray, Dale Jackson, Patricia Murphy, and Ricky Walker” is one of those shows I totally look forward to at Thunder-Sky, Inc. because I don’t think it could happen anywhere else in town — maybe the universe.  We totally strive to find ways to reconfigure the way art galleries are supposed to be, and the way art shows are supposed to look, so here it is, a show made up of wonderfully disparate visions and focal points, a wide range of demographics, styles, approaches, and we want to take all of that and make a weird little symphony out of it, without losing the wide-ranging weirdness and the particular visions of each artist.  Dale makes art from words; he uses what he hears as a sort of wall-paper to block out meaning and yet also decorate with it.  His word-pictures have a finality and drama and humor no other art does.  He seems focused on language without wanting to know what language is doing, and by doing that he gets rid of the need to talk.  Vince uses pointillism, a style from late 19th Century France, to depict all kinds of vignettes, moments, iconography that both breaks away from that approach and absorbs.  His paintings are funky and also finessed.  Patricia, a graduate of the art academy and a poet as well, uses space and form in ways that revise the way we are supposed to look at things; her sculptures and other works feel both timeless and fragile.  This is Ricky’s first show (one of his works is pictured above).  He draws on 81/2 X 11 pieces of copy-paper, with crayon, the same thing over and over, boxy and urgent, but also somehow soothing, ever-present.  Why the title “Makeshift”?  The sound of it more than the meaning:  art is about making, and shifting the way things are made.  Check all this out last Saturday in February.

 

Thunder-Sky, Inc. 2015: Mission Creep

| Uncategorized

bwRaymondThunder-sky

In 2015, Thunder-Sky, Inc. keeps creeping along, with exhibits that hone in on what it means to be outside of the regular world and loving it. Raymond Thunder-Sky’s mission was to be a part of the city on his own terms, and he did so while also finding inspiration, and triumph, on its periphery. The 2015 shows we’ve pulled together celebrate that sense of ongoing exploration and workmanlike dedication to being exactly who you are, without reservation or apology. January 9, 2015 opening reception 6 to 10 pm, closing February 13, 2015:  “Behavior Caused by Joy:  Michael Weber.”  Thunder-Sky, Inc. Artist-in-Residence and Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center Gallery Attendant Michael Weber has his first one-man show, featuring his beautifully colored abstract works, many inspired by his trip to Japan.  February 28, 2015, opening reception 6 to 10 pm, closing April 10, 2015:  “Makeshift:  New Works by Vincent Gray, Dale Jackson, Patricia Murphy, and Ricky Walker.”  Three different kinds of artists take patterns of language, image and text and reinvent what they are supposed to mean.  April 24, 2015, opening reception 6 to 10 pm, closing June 12, 2015: “Any Given Day:  New Works by Steve Paddock and Avril Thurmon.”  Indianapolis-based Paddock, and Cincinnati-based Thurmon, work through a surreptitious system of images and codes that somehow culminate into visual and sometimes disturbing poetry. June 26, 2015, opening reception 6 to 10 pm, closing August 14, 2015:  “History Channel:  New Art from Old Art.”  Insideout Studio in Hamilton, Ohio (along with a few other artists from the area) take on art history, and reimagine/reinterpret masterpieces on their own terms.August 28, 2015, opening reception 6 to 10 pm, closing October 16, 2015:  “The Goodwill Biennial.” A group of local curators plucks through art that has been given away, to produce a show of orphaned paintings, sculptures, etc. finding a new home at Thunder-Sky, Inc.  October 30, 2015, opening reception 6 to 10 pm, closing December 18, 2015:  “Used Lumber Sale:  Under-Sky Sneaks Upstairs.”  Every Saturday a bunch of artists show up to make stuff in the basement of the gallery.  It’s called “Under-Sky,” and this show is about selling some of the work.  First come, first serve.  Great prices.   You buy it you take it.

“Clownville” Opens October 24, 2014 at Thunder-Sky, Inc.

| Uncategorized

Do you remember Raymond Thunder-Sky?

 

FSXRXDC250X014254

 

Raymond Thunder-Sky used to walk around Cincinnati’s downtown and other venues with a toolbox filled with markers and paper, dressed in a clown-construction-worker uniform. He drew demolition and construction sites. Thunder-Sky, Inc. is a non-profit art gallery in Northside that archives the 2200+ drawings Raymond left behind. It’s located at 4573 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223, a couple doors down from The Comet.  Phone: (513) 426-0477. You can check out the digital archive of all of Raymond’s drawings at www.raymondthundersky.org. 

 

“The New Clownville Amusement Park,” Thunder-Sky, Inc.’s last exhibit of 2014, celebrates the fifth anniversary of the gallery, as well as the tenth anniversary of Raymond Thunder-Sky passing. “The New Clownville Amusement Park” features Raymond-inspired works by a variety of artists, as well as an exclusive showing of some of Raymond’s most out-there drawings. It opens October 24,2014 with a reception 6 to 10 pm. The show closes December 15, 2014.

 

Contact

4573 Hamilton Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
Hours: Saturday/Sunday 1 to 4 pm, or by appointment.

(513) 426-0477 | info@raymondthundersky.org

Recent Posts