Bongos, grass, reconciliation and reclining nudes. As usual, the new Art Along The Hudson opening events at the Varga Gallery up Tinker Street by the Cinema Saturday, May 8, will have a decidedly au courant feel about them.
The points of stability within the maelstrom of performance, happening, and arts collective group show offerings, will be what gallery owner Christina Varga is terming a “Double Shot Solo Show” by artists Michael Hunt and Andrew Wible under the recently apt title, Reconciliation: ‘No Traffic, Only a Clear Path.’
Hunt, who’s been living and working in the area for years now, is best known for his Pop stencil-cut wood panels and sculptures. This time around his “search for that mythic and ragged American Dream” has taken him into new realms of design.
Wible, a Staten Island-based freelance artist working in design for television and commercials who has been known to describe his work as “cursing with compassion,” last showed at Varga as part of its 2007 Dada show.
As for the catch-phrases for this merry month of May, the beatnik ideal of bongos will be summoned with an opening reception performance by the gallery’s new “Bongo Jerkz” in-house drumming group. The grass will waft over the evening as a result of several of the gallery collective member’s involvement in an afternoon “Worldwide Marijuana March” set to march from the Village Green towards the Comeau Property starting around 4 p.m., and likely continuing in the direction of Christina’s as the day settles.
As for that reclining nude, it’s being touted as the new masterpiece of this month’s group show, and is an oil on canvas work by Carl Toboika entitled “Sempiternal Venus and the Wheel of Time.”
Speak of the extemporaneous, as well as its eternal mother, the temporal!
The opening reception for all this takes place this Second Saturday, May 8, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (and likely beyond) at Varga Gallery, 130 Tinker Street, on the west side of town.++
For further information call 679-4005 or visit www.vargagallery.com