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"Manifestations Of The Discarded: Three Dimensional Sculpture and Paintings by Asa Brebner"
2003-05-22 until 2003-06-25
Paradise Lounge / Out of the Blue Gallery
USA United States of America
Manifestations Of The Discarded, a collection of multi-media visual art, incorporates Asa Brebnerís many artistic talents. Brebnerís 3-d sculpture paintings juxtapose found objects, toys, dolls, metals, woods, and plastics, affixed with painters caulk, paint and adhesive to wood planks, metal boards and canvas. Included in the show are a half-dozen sculptured guitars, suggesting music as muse, as hostage, as hero and ironically, as noose. His paintings, wildly colorful, part cartoon, part political manifesto, use oils and newspaper headlines and suggest the sometimes not-so-subtle power of the media and propaganda.
A wide-range of themes, from evolution to ecology, religion to sexuality, artistic struggle and death, Brebnerís work evokes everything from whimsy to philosophy, play to pain and serious to the silly. Brebnerís artistic talent spreads into mixed media painting, sarcastic cartoons, intricate fantastical line drawings, and even wood-working. Most of his work tells a story, invites the viewer on a journey of sometimes political ideas, questioning civilization, and often laughing right at it. According to The Boston Globe, "Brebnerís work is fun and bleak at once, suggesting that progress has some nasty pitfalls."
"We are very excited to be hosting Asaís work as part of our continuing commitment to local art at The Paradise Lounge. Our efforts to re-establish the 25year legacy of great music in this venerable rock n roll club is only enhanced by the combination or art, music and culture taking shape in the new Lounge. M80 is dead Ė long live the rock! " Jeff Marshall Ė Managing Director Live Entertainment/ Marketing Lyons Group.
Fresh off the recent group show Between Rock and an Art Place at Zeitgeist Gallery in February, Brebnerís Manifestations features over 3 dozen sculptures and paintings. According to Brebner, his art, didactic in nature, incites the viewer to think differently. "Even though I find myself mocking religious icons, and sometimes ridiculing religion itself, I have never forgotten the heartfelt power of the iconic or the power of belief."
Raised in Marblehead, MA, by parents who are both novelists, and educated in Quaker schooling, Asa Brebner has created music and visual art for the past 3 decades. Starting in the wildly under-rated Boston punk outfit Mickey Clean and The Mezz, then joining the seminal Jonathan Richmanís Modern Lovers, and into the melodic and fiery Robin Lane & The Chartbusters, Brebner has written, performed, produced and like a musical superhero. Most recently, Brebner released his 4th solo record, The Best No Money Can Buy and the new Robin Lane & The Chartbusters Peace of Mind (which he co-produced), both on Windjam Records. His solo band, Idle Hands, features Andrew Mazzone (bass), Kevin Shurtleff (of Scissorfight on drums) and Alan Devine (guitar). Brebner also plays in the honky-tonk, doo-wop Family Jewels, and recently produced albums by Peter Johnson, Kendra Flowers and Dave Sammarco.
Brebner is joined by comrade and fellow artist/musician, Wayne Viens, who will show multi-media fabric-ed sculpture. A graduate of New England School of Photography, Viens has shown sculpture, photography, and album artwork over a variety of mediums both solo and collectively throughout New England, and the United States since 1983. "I have always delighted in saving things from the trash," says Viens, "things that would have been crushed and destroyed forever if I had not rescued them. My favorite objects for art-making are dolls, toys, stuffed animals, mannequin parts and faces of all kinds. Sometimes the worn dolls and stuffed animals I find tell whole stories just as they are, but mostly I am interested in transforming them; wrapping them with panty-hose, rope, cloth, lace, underwear and yarn."
The newly opened, Paradise Lounge began itís gallery showing in November last year, with Infections, the visual art of former Weezer bassist, Mikey Welsh. Other shows have included paintings and silk screens by Jack Morefield and David Vincent Conley, as well as new work by Sandra Cohen.
This year, The Paradise Rock Club celebrates itís 25th Year Anniversary, as it continues to prove one of the best live music venues in the country. Newly renovated, and under new management, The Paradise Lounge is a rock & roll bar/lounge with a new restaurant element. It is open nightly at 5 pm, providing a unique space to dine or lounge before a show, catering to patrons with a love of all things music/art.
Out of the Blue Gallery is located at 106 Prospect Street, Central Square, Cambridge. With Sue Carlin, owner Tom Tipton, curates their gallery and many spaces in the Boston area. [outoftheblueartgallery.com] 617-354-5287.
The Paradise Lounge is located at 969 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. It is accessible via the Green Line on the MBTA., Pleasant Street stop. Metered parking is also available in the area. The reception is open to the public, and both Brebner and Viens will be in attendance. All artwork shown is also available for purchase. Paradise Lounge Information 617.562.8814. [thedise.com]