BELFAST — On Friday, July 26, Waterfall Arts will hold an opening reception for a new exhibit entitled “GALLERY CLOSED.”
“GALLERY CLOSED,” curated by artist/curator Kenny Cole, features work by Kenny Cole, Geoff Hargadon, Paula Lalala, and Brian Reeves in the Clifford Gallery.
The opening will kick off with a reception in the galleries at 5 p.m. An artist talk and air capture performance by Paula Lalala will take place at 7 p.m. in the Clifford Gallery, followed by a concert by NYC-based Hungry March Band on the front lawn.
All "GALLERY CLOSED" opening festivities are free and open to the public.
This subversive, yet playful exhibition brings together four unique artists under Waterfall Arts’ 2019 exhibit theme: Alternative Environments, according to Waterfall Arts, in a news release.
In curating “GALLERY CLOSED,” Cole gestures toward transforming Waterfall Arts’ gallery into an alternative environment/venue. The artists Cole selected to participate in this show are actively engaged in artistic practices that invite the viewer to question what is and isn’t art. Furthermore, their work—collectively and individually— invites the viewer to contemplate who shows, disseminates, and controls our perceptions about art.
Through this exhibit, Cole invites viewers to imagine that Waterfall Arts has been replaced by quasi-art entities whose goals, motivations, and methodologies are opaque and suspect, at best. With this in mind, how does it change the way gallery visitors experience the exhibit?
The name of the show, “GALLERY CLOSED” came from an idea Cole had to use one of his pass-through wall art pieces to appear to block off the gallery space, when in reality, viewers can open the painting like a door and walk into the space (the gallery) behind it. Once inside the gallery, viewers come into contact with works by the four artists.
Paula Lalala’s E.A.R. offers the rarefied atmosphere from venerated repositories of art, in a jar.
Geoff Hargadon’s “Cash for Your Warhol” guarantees financial happiness with the simple transference of your most prized aesthetic asset.
Brian Reeves’ “Slop Art Premium Expressions” is the answer to both sides of reductive art world dilemmas: can you afford to turn down certified artistic expression or can you afford not to receive the validation guaranteed by a certified representative?
Kenny Cole’s “The Khashoggi Story” reflects upon the recent state-sponsored murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and challenges the viewer to question and move beyond institutional boundaries without necessarily promising a reward for their intrepidness.
More about the Hungry March Band:
Celebrating more than 20 years of bringing live musical spectacle to the people of New York City and beyond is Hungry March Band, a brass, percussion, and performance ensemble. Founded in Brooklyn in 1997 for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, HMB embodies the spirit of NYC’s streets with an inimitable brass sound and inspired, eclectic dance.
HMB has shared their creativity with audiences around the United States, South America, and Europe, where they’ve been embraced by a longstanding community of brass bands. A unique sonic voice has emerged from the recording of their four self-released albums — one that melds their musical knowledge of big band, traditional, and free jazz, with punk rock and global brass influences.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in downtown Belfast. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call (207)-338-2222.
Exhibitions at Waterfall Arts are made possible by yearlong Lead Sponsors, Viking Lumber and Whitecap Builders. Additional support is provided by foundations such as the Onion Foundation, Morton Kelly Charitable Trust, and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a community arts center that offers resources to students, professionals, and arts enthusiasts of all ages. Opportunities include classes, exhibitions, art events, performances, open community studios (clay, print, and darkroom photography), public art projects, and more.
For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.