Amazing opening June 26, 2015, an amazing show. “History Channel: New Art from Old Art” is up through middle of August.
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.
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: 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.
Thunder-Sky, Inc. presents “Outcasts from Hollywood (the Greatest Celebrity Art Show Event): Antonio Adams and Emily Brandehoff.” The show opens August 22, 2014 and closes October 10, 2014. “How Deep Is Your Love,” a Thunder-Sky, Inc. fundraiser happening in the basement gallery opens and closes on the same dates.
Adams and Brandehoff often work side by side on Saturdays in the basement at Thunder-Sky, Inc. For “Outcasts from Hollywood,” they have created both separate suites of work as well as collaborations that investigate/celebrate/satirize the poetry and absurdity of celebrity culture and its aftermath.
Adams is a well-known and respect artist, as well as Artist-in-Residence, at Thunder-Sky, Inc. He has shown his work in New York City, Chicago, London, England, and Los Angeles, among other places. Brandehoff considers herself an “artist with a day job” whose sensitive yet very sarcastic works often depict the ironies and excesses of pop culture.
Adams is building a self-directed mythology in much of his work, which is here exemplified by his penultimate painting, “Outcast from Hollywood (2013/14),” a sequel to 2012’s penultimate work, “Unrealized and Unforeseen” from his 2012 one-person show here at Thunder-Sky. In “Outcast from Hollywood,” he depicts a very staged (in more ways than one) tableau featuring himself in his usual Art Master garb, this time partnered with Brandehoff. They both seem to be presenting some commandments kind of like a show business duo channeling Moses coming down from the mountain. Their audience is made up of a variety of first- and second- and third-rate celebrities, many of whom are crying and gnashing their teeth in a variety of ways. It’s a Technicolor a poster for a great Biblical epic in the Cecil B. Demille school, and yet it’s also a beautiful farce informed by tabloids and websites. Adams is a preeminent social satirist, and also somehow the best kind of super-fan: his love for celebrity foibles and the surrealism of famous lives gives his art a phantasmagorical sheen, but also a strangely sentimental intent. He simply loves the stupidity of it all.
Brandehoff loves farce as well, but hers is a little darker and a little less about mythology and more about deconstructing the myths set up for us by social and regular old media. In her deceptively simple, highly designed paintings and drawings on wood, she finds the perfect pop-culture moments to transform into cartoons about disintegration, loss and foolishness. Her penultimate piece turns out to be “Can I Kiss You Please? (2014),” a skillfully executed drawing of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Scotty in Boogie Nights, a sort of Mad Magazine poem to unrequited love and lives.
In the center of the gallery is a suite of collaborative paintings by both, titled “Michael Jackson Thriller 1, 2, 3, and 4,” which depicts a merging of two similar yet completely aesthetically divergent universes, with Adams filling in the gap with a nonsense narrative that seems to make more sense than real life.
And please check out Under-Sky, if you have a chance. “How Deep Is Your Love,” a fundraiser for our little non-profit gallery, is a cash-and-carry goldmine.
Keith Banner, Thunder-Sky, Inc.
A beautiful thing happened this summer at Thunder-Sky, Inc. We helped celebrate Flannery O’Connor’s legacy on the 50th anniversary of her passing with art, readings of her work, and even the making of her favorite pie (thanks to Molly Donnermeyer). Thanks to everyone who participated.
Thunder-Sky, Inc.’s 2014 exhibition season includes paeans to an idiosyncratic fiction-writing genius, a local hat-wearing folk hero, and other wonderful outcasts, including Mr. Thunder-Sky himself in a season-ending installation that incorporates his desire to build a Utopia while destroying whatever got in his way. We’re using “Anomaly Lessons” as the organizing concept and title for a whole year’s worth of shows that teach us all what it means to be gorgeously abnormal.
“Head Shots: Portraits by Bob Hoke and Stacey Vallerie” opens January 10, 2014 with a reception 6 to 10 pm. The show closes February 14, 2014. Hoke, from Hannibal Missouri, creates whimsically bizarre and bizarrely whimsical portraits of people with a Paul-Klee flourish; Cincinnati-based Vallerie finds inspiration and serenity in reality. Side by side, their works seem to whisper sweet nothings to one another.
“Deep in Thought: Paintings by Mark Betcher and Scott Carney” opens February 28, 2014 with a reception 6 to 10 pm. The show closes April 11, 2014. Northern Kentucky’s Betcher layers his work with words, pictures, and word-picture hybrids; Carney looks for Utopia in his storybook paintings. Both approaches feel thoughtful without belaboring the point, both visually appealing and a little off-kilter.
“Rejoice!: A Retrospective of Avtar Gill, the Cincinnati Hat-Man” opens April 25, 2014 with a reception 6 to 10 pm. The show closes June 13, 2014. Avtar Gill, known by many downtowners as The Hat Man, passed away early 2013, but he will always be remembered (like Raymond Thunder-Sky) as a Cincinnati folk hero for the sign-emblazoned hats he wore while walking all across the city, and for his dedication to maintaining a strong, cultural voice and presence throughout his life. This exhibit will feature photographs, video, testimonials, stories, and actual hats and signs The Hat-Man left behind.
“The Meanest of Them Sparkled: Visual Artists Respond to Flannery O’Connor’s Fictional Universe” opens June 27, 2014 with a reception 6 to 10 pm. The show closes August 8, 2013. “Meanest” commemorates the 50th anniversary of Flannery O’Connor’s death. A skilled, humorous, dead-on writer of short stories and novels (“A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and Wiseblood chief among them), O’Connor’s prose is steeped in beautifully unsettling images and set-pieces. O’Connor was a painter and cartoonist besides being a fiction-writer, and this sensibility informs a lot of what she wrote and depicted. We’ve asked several artists to create art inspired by O’Connor’s genius, no limits on media or style. We’ll also be sponsoring a reading of some of O’Connor’s works to go along with the show.
“Outcasts from Hollywood (the Greatest Celebrity Art Show Event): Antonio Adams and Emily Brandehoff” opens August 22, 2014 with a reception 6 to 10 pm. The show closes October 10, 2014. Adams and Brandehoff often work side by side on Saturdays in the basement at Thunder-Sky, Inc. They will be creating separate suites of work that investigate/celebrate/satirize the poetry and absurdity of celebrity culture and its aftermath. “How Deep Is Your Love,” a Thunder-Sky, Inc. fundraiser happening in the basement gallery, opens as well.
“New Clownville Amusement Park: Constructing Raymond’s Perfect World by Matt Waldeck Jr. and Sr. and Marc Lambert” opens October 24, 2014 with a reception 6 to 10 pm. The show closes December 12, 2014. The Waldecks (a father and son team), along with Lambert, are taking over the gallery to create a Raymond-Thunder-Sky-inspired installation that pays homage both to his drawings and to his life. Sculpture, drawing and other media will be on display. As well, we’ll be presenting a new show of some of Raymond’s more obscure and eccentric drawings.
Thunder-Sky, Inc. Gallery is located at 4573 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223. (513) 823-8914. Gallery hours: Fridays 6 to 8 pm, Saturdays and Sunday 1 to 4 pm, or by appointment. A complete photographic archive of all of Raymond Thunder-Sky’s works can be seen at: www.raymondthundersky.org.
SUPERUNKNOWN: The Neo-Folk Impulse, curated by Leigh Cooney, runs through December 14, 2013 at Thunder-Sky, Inc. Gallery. Artists featured: Leigh and Rolo Cooney, Mike Egan, Andrea Heimer, Ben Kehoe, Marc Lambert, Bill Ross, and Matthew Waldeck…
These are all images from our show up through the second Saturday in August. It is a beautiful thing. Stop by when you have a chance before it disappears….
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