Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A weekend visit from Joe Roberts (SF) & road tramp Bill Daniel

Somehow 12 hot summer days have passed since gallery night & the day after and I haven't managed to blog. It was a busier weekend than normal and we had our first official gallery opening at Sky High followed by a film screening the next day, both featuring out of town artists. There were floods here in Milwaukee that almost didn't allow our featured gallery artist (and his artwork) to get here. But it all sorted itself out and the party went on.

Friday July 23rd we welcomed artist & illustrator Joe Roberts (Joe's illustration work is on a lot of Skate Mental products) to town after his unexpected overnight delay in Chicago due to above said rain storm. He arrived, installed his work just in time for gallery night that evening then flew back to San Francisco the next day.

Joe Roberts art opening at Sky High
Gallery reception food matched the artwork:
flaming hot Cheetos, pizza & gummies of all varieties.

Work by Joe Roberts

Work by Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts art opening at Sky High

Joe Roberts art opening at Sky High

B.U.M. work by Joe Roberts show photos here & Milwaukee Journal Sentinel review here.

Saturday morning, right as I was driving Joe to the airport for his return flight photographer & filmmaker Bill Daniel rolled into town straight from his programing at the Walker Art Museum the day before. He is on tour with his new program "SONIC ORPHANS, lost music films 1965-87". Bill Daniel had a show at my old gallery Paper Boat in 2008 where we screened his amazing film about train moniker graffiti "Who is Bozo Texino?" outside in the backyard.

Bill Daniel

Bill Daniel "SONIC ORPHANS" screening
Bill travels with his entire movie set up including projector, screen & sound system

1977 Avengers footage part of Bill Daniel "SONIC ORPHANS" screening
1977 Avengers basement show footage

footage part of Bill Daniel "SONIC ORPHANS" screening

Bill installed his one night photo show of Texas Punk photos from the 1980's & screened his lost (and now found) 16mm music films in the shop. Having Bill around is totally inspiring.

Photos here.

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