The Metropolis Collective is pleased to announce their second art showcase “Sex, Drugs and Rock-n-Roll” at Trash Art Gallery, a series of works by artists Rick Prol, Paul Kostabi, Leigh Cooney, Mike Egan, Joseph Arthur, Mark May, Hucklebuckle Boys, Sophie Lo, Gaye Black, Danielle Charette, Casey Gleghorn, Liz Parrish, and John Carruthers. Also this evening will be the debut of the collective’s newly finished Hole In The Wall Art Gallery exhibit “Maniacal Vinyl”, which will feature the creations from artists residing both near and far made on or of vinyl records. To top the evening off, NYC’s “Damn Kids” featuring Paul Kostabi (White Zombie, Youth Gone Mad, Psychotica and the Dee Dee Ramone Band) will be performing live rock-n-roll in the debut show at the collective’s The Stage Noir.
About the Artists
Rick Prol is a 1980s East Village art icon whose work features cartoonish mayhem, death and suicide in dilapidated and decaying settings. He dabbles in a variety of media including – installations, paintings, sculpture and drawings. Cartoon expressionism was the language he wanted to use to convey his organic, personal experiences about life. He pulls from the urban realities of city life; brutality, authoritarian relationships, decay and destruction of the world around him, and more recently the occupy Wall Street movement. Art In America dubbed him “A Veteran Master of Gothic Angst.” He recently had a retrospective of his life’s work at the prestigious Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art.
Paul Kostabi is a NYC based artist, musician, music producer and audio engineer. Kostabi was a founding member of the bands Youth Gone Mad, White Zombie, and Psychotica. Paul Kostabi paintings are present in Permanent Collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Paterson Museum, New England Museum of Art, Millennium Museum, Whitney Museum of Art, Video, Paper, Tiger Sessions, and the Museion Museum.
Leigh Cooney is a self-taught, globally collected, Irish born Canadian outsider artist living and working in Kitchener Ontario, Canada. He prefers to experiment on the canvas. Leigh's subjects vary from writers to soldiers, from satirical to whimsical, but the majority of his work focuses on the psychological, and is often centered around the idea that within each of us there are three distinct personalities: There is the person we are, there is the person we wish to be, and there is the person we are perceived as being.
Mike Egan is a Pittsburgh based artist who has an impressive list of art shows spanning the globe. Alongside his artistic pursuits, he has spent time working as an embalmer in funeral homes. Mike’s paintings tell stories... about death, devils and saints. Mike attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, from 1996-2000 where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Joseph Arthur is an artist, Grammy nominated musician, and poet based in Brooklyn, NY. In touch with every nuance of the creative world, Joseph Arthur’s artwork has received much attention from both artistic and musician communities. His works have been featured in MOMAR, La Galerie Chappe in Paris, France, Varga Gallery, We Gallery, and the Bootleg Theatre Gallery, to name a few. His musical performances span the globe, including a recent performance on The David Letterman Show.
Mark May is a special education teacher who has found a creative outlet through the creation of robots. The robots are created using found and recycled materials which are acquired from flea markets, antique shops, junk yards, and everyday items found on the street. He has shown his work in many venues such as The Outsider Art Fair, The Others in New York City and Outsider Art in the Hamptons. He has been featured in RAW VISIONS magazine and The Folk Art Messenger.
Hucklebuckle Boys are a two person art collective made up of Zack Rudy and Garrick Dorsett. They focus on the exploratory nature of collaboration and the inner flow experience. They strive to bring real passion and unique talent to the world of art while holding to the idea that improvisation and spontaneity are the heartbeat of the underground do it yourself culture. Both artists have varied backgrounds that include graffiti, traditional painting, photography and drawing.
Sophie Lo is an accomplished French artist living in England. She works in many mediums, including original paintings, photography, record sleeves, commissioned concert and rock ’n ’roll posters, videos, books and fanzines. She has created tour posters for The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Cynics and Eddie & The Hot Rods, promo posters for The Cramps and sleeve design for The Damned to name just a few projects. Magazines such as "Vive Le Rock" and Mike Stax's "Ugly Things" have acclaimed Sophie's work, with “Vive Le Rock” calling her work "The coolest original rock 'n 'roll posters in the world". Sophie is also responsible for the French translation and liner notes for books such as "The Sex Pistols - Rotten by Lydon" (Camion Blanc).
Gaye Black is an artist and musician residing in London, UK. She was a member of the first wave English punk band The Adverts. The Virgin Encyclopedia of 70s Music called her the "first female punk star". She began exhibiting her art in 2008. Recently she has been incorporating her photography, bones (which she collects from the banks of the river Thames), broken crockery, mirrors, jewelry, teeth, doll parts, and seashells into her works of collage and sculpture. Her works consist of hidden narratives and many of her works are based on dreams of her past and explore the contrast between attraction and horror.
Danielle Charette is a contemporary expressionist. Her work is a highly symbolic form of modern story telling meant to convey her life experiences and evoke emotion in the viewer. Repetitions of theme, elements, color and design create cohesion throughout the works with each piece telling a portion of a story until the story is complete. Her Charette original oil paintings and art have been shown and hang in many galleries throughout the US and continue to sell both nationally and internationally. Notably, her series “2752 It’s Always the Same” and “Broke in Brooklyn” have been accepted for inclusion by The National September 11th Memorial Museum.
Casey Gleghorn is a Pennsylvania native. He is an outsider artist who uses expressionism and life-drawing studies to express his life experiences. He is also the owner of the Converge Gallery in Williamsport, PA.
Liz Parrish is a Pennsylvania native who draws inspiration from her surrounding, the people she cares about, ill-tempered animals, and abandoned places. She utilizes acrylics, pen and ink on wood. Her works are whimsically grotesque and feature distorted yet almost adorable creatures of her own creation.
John Carruthers is an artist, musician and teacher at several prominent art schools in New York City and Nantucket. He works in many different media including painting, pastels, and etchings with his specialty and passion being the creation of woodcuts with German Expressionist styling. John showed widely in the 80's-90's in galleries in Brooklyn and Manhattan and is currently exhibiting and selling his work nationwide. In addition to John’s artistic pursuits he has founded and performed in several long running NYC bands including Lancaster County Prison. He has 6 records under his belt including one with Shane MacGowan of the Pogues. John attended Fordham University, where he received a BA in Studio Art and New York Academy of Art where he attained his MFA.
Nina Isabelle is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her areas of interest include oil painting, drawing, ceramics, alternative-process photography, printmaking, and modern dance. Her subject matter and style emerge from a psycho-conceptual and body-centric cacophony of instinctual mark making fueled by a fragmented dimension within the collective psyche. Her most recent work points to the dissociative social value construct surrounding the eroticized female body-object as a malevolent economic entity responsible for punishing mothers.
About Metropolis Collective
Metropolis Collective is a contemporary eclectic fine art gallery and performance space run by a husband and wife team made up of Richard Reilly and Danielle Charette. Reilly is a former NYC native with 20 years of experience working with the prestigious Adelson Gallery, and professional Rock musician and founder of the seminal first wave NYC punk rock band The Victims amongst others. Charette is a Harrisburg native who resided in NYC for most of her life prior to returning to the area. She is an emerging contemporary expressionist artist who actively exhibits nationwide.
Metropolis Collective is home to the Trash Art Gallery, the Hole In The Wall Art Gallery and The Stage Noir. The collective exhibits an eclectic variety of contemporary fine art (photography, paintings, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, installations and drawings) as well as hosting musical and artistic performances. The gallery represents the talents of many artists locally residing and non-native, emerging and internationally established. Based in Mechanicsburg Pa, Trash Art Gallery is located at 17 West Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Gallery hours are [Tues-Sat 11-8pm and by appointment]. For more information, please call: (717) 458-8245, or visit our website: http://metropoliscollective.com/, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MetropolisCollective or email: firstname.lastname@example.org