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Exhibits

Selected Exhibits & Events

PERFORMANCE

  • JOB: A CIRCUS an Elizabeth Swados play (1991) Theater of The Crypt/St. John The Divine, NYC, NY
  • HUMAN PIN CUSHION: The Gauntlet (1992) New York, NY
  • NAKED WOMEN: a Diviana Ingravallo performance (1992) The Kitchen, NYC, NY
  • BLOOD BROTHERS: a Peterson/Stewart performance (1992) Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar/The Alter, NYC
  • FRANKENSTEIN LOST FOREVER: a Blacklips presentation (1993) Pyramid Club, NYC, NY

DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEYS

  • DOLPHIN PROJECT  (1995)  Savannah, GA
  • VICTORIAN DISTRICT HISTORIC BUILDING PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY  (1996)
    Metropolitan Planning Commission, Savannah, GA

GROUP EXHIBITS

  • CORE (1992) Cais Gallery ~ New York, NY
  • THE HOUSE SHOW (1998) The Blue House Gallery  ~ Savannah, GA
  • GROUP SHOW (2001) Cannibal Flower ~ Los Angeles, CA
  • ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT (October 2001) Lotus Gallery ~ Bay City, Texas
  • MARTINI (2001) The Lab ~ Hollywood, CA
  • TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (2002) Cannibal Flower ~ Los Angeles, CA
  • BACK TO BASICS (2002) The Lab ~ Hollywood, CA
  • HOT PINK ~ Works By Queer Women Artists (2002) San Francisco, CA
  • SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION (2003) The Lab ~ Hollywood, CA
  • ZOOM TWO ~ More Focus On Photography (2003) I-5 Gallery ~ The Brewery, Los Angeles, CA
  • SELECTED NEW PAINTINGS ~ Planet Art Gallery, Ridgecrest, CA
  • Ménage à Trois ~ An Evening of ART MUSIC & WINE (2010) Second City Art Gallery & Performance Space, Long Beach, CA

SOLO EXHIBITS

  • WE WHO ARE AS ONE ~ Polaroids (1992) New York, NY
  • COTTON CANDY ~ Illustrations From The Circus of Life (1998) Savannah, GA
  • INVISIBLE SAVANNAH ~ Images From the Walls & Windows of Intown Savannah (1999) Sav’h, GA
  • MAPS TO MY HOUSE ~ Abstract Oils (2001) Bay City, Texas
  • UP ON THE ROOF ~ (2001) The Lab, Hollywood, CA
  • RECENT PAINTINGS ~ Oil & Mixed Media Works (2003) Meubles Max – Los Angeles, CA
  • NEW WORKS (2003) The Lab ~ Hollywood, CA
  • RECENT PAINTINGS ~ New Oil & Mixed Media Works (2006) Eastside Studios, Hollywood, CA

MUSEUM EXHIBITS

  • BY HAND ~ African American Advertising Art in Savannah (2004)
    King Tisdell Cottage/Beach Institute African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Savannah GA

Menage A Trois

East Side Presents

 

Savannah Marsh Painting

Savannah Marsh – Oil & Metal Leaf on Canvas

East Side Studios Exhibit

Select paintings from the Tile Series

East Side Studios Exhibit

The Lux Lotus Travel Guide: Rob Walker on Savannah

The Lux Lotus Travel Guide: Rob Walker on Savannah

Lux Lotus pal Rob Walker (see also: no notes) is currently in Savannah — a city I haven’t been to yet, but have always been curious about — and was kind enough to send in a list of hits and misses in his home away from home (for the moment) just for Lux Lotus readers to enjoy:

1. People will tell you that Elizabeth on 38th is good for a very nice, fancy dinner. They are correct.

2. People will tell you that Pinky Master’s, on Drayton, is a good dive bar. They are correct. (At least two people told us Pinky Master’s has “no sign.” They were wrong.)

3. The Rib Castle, on MLK Blvd., might look a little sketchy, and certainly not castle-like, but the ribs are very good. The friendly owner, who I believe is called Mr. Gene, explained that there are three different cuts of ribs, and he only uses the best. I don’t know if that’s true. But he smokes em good, and the sauce is top notch. He opens at about 1, and there’s often a line. There’s no phone. There’s also nowhere to sit, so you’ll want to plan to take your ribs somewhere else, such as one of Savannah’s many squares.

4. The Beach Institute is pretty cool. The permanent exhibit is the collection of wood carvings by a Savannah barber named Ulysses Davis, including his somewhat famous collection of wood busts of presidents Washington through Bush I. The other current exhibit is a good collection of photographs of local African-American sign/advertising art; it’s also good to check this stuff out by actually driving around on MLK, Montgomery, and other streets.

5. The local newspaper, The Savannah Morning News, runs a feature every day called “Vox Populi,” which is a series of disconnected and unexplained comments from readers, some of whom are apparently reacting to recent stories in the paper, others are simply commenting on current events, or, in some cases, personal pet peeves. Buy the paper and read this feature every day. It’s actually more effective if you don’t read anything else in the paper, so you won’t understand the entries that respond to earlier stories, and can thus enjoy them as simple non sequiturs. Here’s a recent entry, in full: “I am glad the lady was looking for pickled peaches and not pork brains. Who eats that?” And another: “Am I the only atheist in Savannah? It seems when people get together, all they talk about is their church. Are there any atheist organizations?” I particularly like the question entries, because no answer is provided. It’s poignant.

6. There’s a coffee shop on about 41st and Drayton, and more to the point, there’s a dog park next to it — the Savannah Dog Park. Assuming you like dogs, this is an excellent spot. It’s one of the better dog runs I’ve seen, and among other things there’s a row of seats sort of set up like a small viewing section. You can also get coffee at the StarLander, sit in their back patio area, and view the dogs. Who seem to be having a pretty good time.

7. You ever go to one of these boardinghouse-style comfort-food restaurants, where you sit at a big table with strangers, and the food is passed around, or maybe travels by way of a lazy susan? Do you know what a lazy susan is? Well anyway, a pretty good example of such a place is Mrs. Wilkes, at 107 W. Jones. Open only for lunch, there’s generally a line, and it’s little on the “olde” side, but it was good. The friend chicken was solid, and while the downfall of many such restaurants is the sides, the sides at Mrs. Wilkes were all strong. And the biscuits: really good, though not quite so good as those at Elizabeth, which E insists are the best she’s ever had.

8. What about big old 60s-looking restaurants that serve fried seafood a in a family-friendly setting? You like those? Yeah? Then I suggest Johnny Harris. We liked that place. I got the fried shrimp; I always get the fried shrimp. It’s on Victory Dr.

9. On a cautionary note: The actual riverwalk thingy is not very cool. It’s for TOURISTS. That’s not you, am I right? Sure I’m right. Still, most of the downtown historic area is as beautiful as promised, what with all the public squares and the like, all the greenery, and the oaks with the Spanish moss, and other picturesque details. Consider devoting some time to loafing.

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New York-area readers, take note: On Tuesday, March 14th, Rob Walker “reads from, discusses, and perhaps answers questions about his essay collection Letters From New Orleans, covering such topics as celebratory gunfire, urban decay, the relationship between people and places, and the pros and cons of masking” at Mo Pitkin’s. 7:00pm, FREE. I’m going — hope to see you there!
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http://www.luxlotus.com/lux_lotus/2006/03/the_lux_lotus_t.html 

By Hand: African American Advertising Art in Savannah

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Allison Hersh’s SMN Review of 2004 Exhibit, “By Hand: African American Advertising Art in Savannah”

Signs of the times | savannahnow.com | Savannah Morning News

“By Hand: African American Advertising Art in Savannah” celebrates the city’s streetscapes by focusing on the commercial art on walls and windows throughout downtown Savannah.

This exhibit of 30 color photographs, which opens today at the Beach Institute, takes viewers on an fascinating tour of the familiar murals and obscure paintings that adorn Savannah’s neighborhoods. The exhibit focuses on intergalactic spacemen on the side of a metal warehouse, an open-faced Bible painted on white cinderblock walls and a cherry red crab decorating a plate glass window at a local seafood store.

Organized by Tom Kohler, coordinator for Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy, the exhibit showcases hand-painted murals, paintings and signs that many of us pass by every day. A reception, featuring a talk by Kohler about the cultural significance of Savannah’s signs, will begin at 3 p.m. today at the Beach Institute.

“This exhibit serves as an important document of African-American culture in Savannah,” says Larry Chisolm, president of the board of directors for the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation. “I think that people will be intrigued by the variety of work included in this show.”

Local artists with signs on display in “By Hand” include Leonard Miller, Jimmie Williams and William Pleasant. “By Hand” suggests that these commercial signs advertising bean pies, fresh crabs, shoe shines and fried chicken are, in fact, a vanishing art form.

“The work is personal,” Kohler says. “It has passion. I’d love to think that the men who paint these signs would be recognized as folk artists as well as commercial artists.”

Kohler had noticed the hand-painted signs in Savannah’s African-American communities for years, but he decided to document this creative tradition 10 years ago when he realized that a sign for The Music Lounge at Jefferson and Anderson streets, which he drove past frequently, had been painted over and was effectively lost forever.

“I noticed that as traditional African-American neighborhoods changed, the advertisement was often lost to building renovations,” he says. “I began to get excited about capturing this art form for historical record.”

Kohler enlisted local photographers Susan Earl and Michelle Stewart to help capture the vivid traditions painted on the sides of buildings throughout downtown Savannah. “My role in this project was finding where the paintings are,” he says. “I kept a notebook in my car, where I would jot down information about interesting signs.”

Many of the images on display focus on well-traveled corridors such as Jefferson Street, Montgomery Street, Barnard Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. “This part of town is almost like a canvas unto itself,” he says. “And the canvas keeps moving all the time. It’s not unheard of to see the same spot have five or six different paintings on it over the course of several years.”

The exhibit showcases a broad range of styles, from psychedelic murals to Afrocentric portraits of black leaders. When viewed as a whole, “By Hand” reveals codified political, religious and cultural themes hidden in signs advertising everything from sweet potato pies to hair salons. “Brown Sugar on Anderson Street” features a portrait of a beautiful woman on the wall of a local beauty salon, while bright yellow signs advertise delectables for sale at Shabazz Seafood on Victory Drive.

Kohler has exhibited portions of this exhibit during a special show that was presented in conjunction with the Olympic events in Atlanta and Savannah at the Express Caf in 1996. In the past eight years, however, “By Hand” has grown to become a formidable document of Savannah’s changing visual environment.

“As Savannah begins to become increasingly expensive to live in, the neighborhoods I’ve been looking at have been changing,” says Kohler. “These paintings are going to go. To me, this is an important, if not well-documented, part of Savannah’s culture.”

http://savannahnow.com/stories/092504/2467599.shtml

By Hand – African American Advertising Art in Savannah


SEPTEMBER 22, 2004

Art Patrol – Connect Savannah

BY JIM MOREKIS

‘By Hand — African American Advertising Art in Savannah’ — This exhibition at the King Tisdell Cottage features images made by local African American sign painters photographed over a 10-year period by Tom Kohler and his friends Susan Earl and Michelle Stewart. Opening reception is Sunday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. at the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation’s headquarters, 502 E. Harris St.

http://www.connectsavannah.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A1734   

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