Art in Alternative Spaces presents

quARTet

Art by Don Elmi, Walter Fydryck, Rick "Fish" Janes, Jon Langford, George Lindmark

with a Special Tribute to  Howard Finster

on exhibition at Apollo Theater, 2540 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL

MEET THE ARTISTS!   ARTISTS RECEPTION APRIL 29, 2011 (5 - 7 pm)

View the exhibition in the Apollo Theater lobby during box office and performance hours:

Mon - Tues (10 am - 6 pm); Wed - Fri (10 am - 8 pm); Saturdays (10 am - 8 pm) and Sundays (11 am - 4 pm). 

In complement to the hit musical  Million Dollar Quartet!


Jon Langford

(Musician/Artist) Welsh-born Jon Langford, the original drummer for the punk band the Mekons, stands as a leader in the movement to incorporate folk and country music into punk rock. Langford has released numerous recordings as a solo artist and with other bands, most notably the Waco Brothers, The Three Johns and The Pine Valley Cosmonauts.  Since moving to Chicago, Langford has been active in the music scene nurturing label mates on Bloodshot Records, lending his services as a musician, producer or visual artist, or inviting like-minded artists (The Sadies, Steve Earle, Andre Williams, Neko Case) to guest on his releases.  Langford is also a prolific and respected visual artist best known for his striking portraits of country music icons. Nashville Radio a book of Jon’s artwork and writings was published by Verse Chorus Press in 2006 and will be followed in 2011 by Skull Orchard Revisited, a book and CD about his roots in South Wales. The Executioner’s Last Songs, a multimedia music/spoken word/video performance has been performed across the United States, Europe and Australia and two of his solo albums Gold Brick and All the Fame of Lofty Deeds were adapted for theatrical productions in 2009. Langford also illustrated the comic strip Great Pop Things under the pseudonym Chuck Death. Since 2005 Langford has been a host of a weekly radio program, "The Eclectic Company," on Chicago’s WXRT 93.1 FM and is a regular contributor to NPR’s This American Life.   See John's latest interview on WTTW's Fear No Art Chicago    http://www.fearnoartchicago.com

 

JOHNNY CASH

Limited edition digital print on plywood, distressed & varnished 

17" x 9"

ELVIS ' 68 SPECIAL

Limited edition digital print on plywood, distressed & varnished 

16 x 10"

CARL PERKINS

Limited edition digital print on plywood, distressed & varnished 

13  x 9"

JERRY LEE

Limited edition digital print on plywood, distressed & varnished

10 1/2" x 13"

 

Jon Langford at the QuARTet Reception April 30, 2011

   


Howard Finster

(December 2, 1916 – October 22, 2001) Finster was a Baptist Reverend and outsider artist from Summerville, Georgia. He claimed to be inspired by God to spread the gospel through the world and built Paradise Garden, where he lived and created over 46,000 pieces of art in his lifetime. His numbered paintings and wood constructions are colorful and contain many references to the Bible. Pop icons, including Young Elvis, were a predominant figure in much of his artwork. Finster gained national fame through his association with musicians and their bands. R.E.M. filmed their music video for Radio Free Europe in Finster's Paradise Gardens in 1983 which featured Finster and his artwork. In 1984, Michael Stipe and Finster collaborated on a painting for the cover of R.E.M.’s second album Reckoning. The song "Maps and Legends" (in the third album Fables of the Reconstruction) was written as an homage to Finster. Along with R.E.M., Finster also appeared in the 1985 documentary film Athens, GA: Inside Out, in which he tells the story of how he came to be an artist. In 1985, The Talking Heads commissioned him to create a painting for their album Little Creatures and Rolling Stone magazine awarded it Album Cover of the Year. In 1994, a portion of his Paradise Garden was installed as part of the permanent collection of Atlanta's High Museum; and Bill Mallonee (Vigilantes of Love) wrote a song inspired by Finster's artwork called The Glory and the Dream. Howard Finster was responsible for introducing millions to outsider art, but even with his fame, he remained focused on religious outreach. He said of the Talking Heads album, "I think there's twenty-six religious verses on that first cover I done for them. They sold a million records in the first two and a half months after it come out, so that's twenty-six million verses I got out into the world in two and a half months!" The exhibition, Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster was recently displayed at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2010.

Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster is on display at the Chicago Cultural Center thru Sept. 26, 2010 http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/provdrs/visual/news/2010/jul/howard_finster.html

The Howard Finster original lithographs below are for sale and are available for purchase through Anatomically Correct

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Elvis at 3 (standing)  

14" x 30" (unframed size)

Hand Signed & Numbered Lithograph on heavy weight, top quality, acid free, hand-made, hand-torn paper

 by Howard Finster 

#29 out of 100 printed

This is not a poster - it is an authentic original

Elvis at 3 (bust)    21" x 29 1/2" (unframed size)

Hand Signed & Numbered Lithograph on heavy weight, top quality, acid free, hand-made, hand-torn paper

by Howard Finster 

# 5  out of 100 printed

This is not a poster - it is an authentic original

Detail

Elvis at 3 (with wings) 

12 1/2" x  29  1/2"  (unframed size)

Hand Signed & Numbered Lithograph on heavy weight, top quality, acid free, hand-made, hand-torn paper

 by Howard Finster 

# 9 out of 100 printed

This is not a poster - it is an authentic original

 


 

GEORGE LINDMARK

 

Toy Designer, Inventor, Digital Animator, Airbrush Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Storyboard Artist and Writer are just some of the hats George has worn in his professional artistic career of over 26 years.   A graduate of The American Academy of Art in Chicago, George's work has appeared on retail toys & games, Dungeons & Dragons© publications and Pin-ball and Video Games.  He served as a Senior Director of Creative Development for McDonald’s® Happy Meal Toys, conceptualizing over one thousand ideas per year, for over a decade.

George’s true love however, is oil painting.  Traveling to some of the world's great art collections such as The Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, The Uffizi, The Rijksmuseum, The Tate and The Brandywine, he has deciphered lessons contained within the brush strokes of the Great Masters.  Journeying to the workshops of living master’s, he has learned various oil painting techniques.  This odyssey, combined with daily study and practice, has given him the knowledge and skill to create his own “Representational Style” of artwork with traditional oils.  Influences such as John Singer Sargent, N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, and Frank Frazetta have provided inspiration for George to pursue this passion.  

His artwork has appeared in U.S. and European galleries and he is a member of The Oil Painters of America and The Portrait Society of America.

Elvis, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24"

Johnny Cash, Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24"

 

 


WALTER FYDRYCK

Elvis ' 56

Colored Pencil, Acrylic Wash on Paper

Original 13 x 10.5” unframed

Blue Moon Boy

Colored Pencil, Acrylic Wash on Paper

Original 13 x 10.5” unframed

Johnny Cash

Colored Pencil, Acrylic Wash on Paper

Original 11 x 13” unframed

Carl Perkins - Mr. Rockabilly

Colored Pencil, Acrylic Wash on Paper

Original 11 x 13” unframed

        

Elvis - Realism Behind Abstraction

Acrylic, plexiglass, colored pencil

 24.5" h x 20.5" w x 2" d  framed

 

After years of chemical experimentation, Walter invented his own technique using a transparent fluid medium that when applied with pigment, and brushed on in layers, fuses into a lucite sheet, thus calling it Acrylic Fusion. This sheet is mounted over a rear monochromatic canvas. The painting is activated by the use of a frontal light source, resulting in shadowed imagery of rich texture, subtle colors, and line. To create his drawings, he uses a a photo process paper as a base and applies a color wash in a controlled manner which creates a frottage like surface. He then uses a very fine black pencil to delineate the form and facial features. Colored pencil is then applied over the base wash and accentuates the inherent textural qualities of the wash. Volume is created by shading and color selections establishes the emotional content of the drawing. Walter received his Associates Degree from the American Academy of Fine Art and also attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and can be found in many private and corporate collections. Through Anatomically Correct, his work has been exhibited at Strawdog Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. Walter is proud to say that, throughout his life, he has attended individual performances by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

 


DON ELMI

Don was born in Beloit, WI in 1930 and after his tour of duty in the United States Navy, he moved to Chicago in 1954 to launch his career in the art/advertising business.   He served his apprenticeship at a top commercial art studio, where he was able to work with some of the best artists of his era.    The art studio helped him become an accomplished cartoonist and design illustrator.    Don's artwork has been exhibited at the Paramount Arts Center in Aurora,  IL  and often focuses on performing artists, historical theatres and vintage buildings.

Jerry Lee Lewis

Acrylic on Canvas   20 x 30" by  Don Elmi

No One Will Believe It!

Acrylic on Canvas   24 x 24" by  Don Elmi

Elvis 

Acrylic on Canvas   24 x 28" by  Don Elmi

 

 

 

 

RICK "FISH" JANES

3-D Constructions Mixed Media - Rick is a self – taught artist and musician. Under the nickname 'Fish,' Rick has been a guitarist and singer with a number of groups since 1967, including The Looking Glass Blues Band, The Ezra Quantine Blues Band, Mountain Bus, Jeanne Carroll & the Night Owls, The Wild Child Butler Blues Band, The Wildman Band, Miasma, The Val-Pack, and, currently, Fish & the Bluefins. From 1982 to 1992, he hosted the Wednesday Open Mic at the U.S. Blues Brothers Bar in Chicago, and, since 1993, has hosted the Tuesday Blues Jam at the Gallery Cabaret in Chicago. Most recently, his guitar work has been featured on Val Leventhal's "Roots & Flowers" CD. He has performed in venues ranging from the World Teenage Fair at McCormick Place, Chicago (1967), to the The Chicago Peace Fest (2007), as well as many blues and jazz clubs. Lost in America Records is producing an album of his original music set and Dimension One Records is planning a CD retrospective of his guitar work from the 1960s to the present. Rick began his art career as a cartoonist and illustrator in the 1970’s. His work has been published in in-flight magazines for Continental & United Airlines, and in The Chicago Blues Review, and the Benchley's Jazz Club newsletter, as well as in advertising for The U.S. Blues Brothers Bar, Destination Publications, and other companies. His artwork has been featured on album and CD covers for various performers, including The Prediktors, Mick Scott, William Purvis & the Seventh Sons, Val Leventhal and others. Since 1982, he provided a monthly color poster for the U.S. Blues Brothers Bar in Chicago and, since 1993, has created a monthly events calendar for the Gallery Cabaret in Chicago. His 3-dimensional constructions have appeared in shows at the Gallery Cabaret, as well as in art exhibits presented by Anatomically Correct at Steppenwolf Theater, Goodman Theatre and Northlight Theatre. In 2006, an image of his 3-D relief construction "Mr. Bluesman" was selected as the cover illustration for a sheet music collection published in the U.K..     Rick combines his love of music in his art, and his work often features imagery of iconic musicians and their instruments.

Spaceman Elvis 1956  

Mixed Media  

19 x 31"

by Rick Janes

Million Dollar Quartet  Mixed Media   24 x 20"

by Rick Janes

Million Dollar Quartet

(Detail)

Million Dollar Quartet

(Detail)

Million Dollar Quartet  (Detail)

Million Dollar Quartet  (Detail)

Million Dollar Quartet  (Detail)

Roots of Rock  Mixed Media  24 x 24" by Rick Janes

Detailed Images

Big Bill

 

Little Walter

 

 
 
 
Lead Belly

 

Jimmy Reed

 

 

 


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