Mechanicsburg, PA (May 3rd) – The Metropolis Collective is pleased to announce the opening reception for Metropolis Collective presents NYC’s Carrier Pigeon. Also this evening, brand new works by Danielle Charette will be on exhibit and in the collective’s Hole In The Wall Art Gallery is an art exhibition by internationally acclaimed New York City pop artist Mark Kostabi as well as his equally acclaimed brother and neo modernist Paul Kostabi. To top the evening off a live performance on Stage Noir by the Mark Kostabi Band.
At Trash Art Gallery this evening
In the Trash Art Gallery this evening is “Metropolis Collective presents Carrier Pigeon”, a group exhibit featuring the art of New York City’s Carrier Pigeon Magazine contributors. Carrier Pigeon is an artist-run magazine of illustrated fiction and fine art. Carrier Pigeon merges contemporary fiction, fine art, illustration and design, combining new and established voices from each discipline for a growing audience of independent press fans. By giving full creative control to the artists, illustrators, designers and writers the magazine deconstructs the singularity of each artistic discipline while setting an uncharted standard for their successful merging. Here, contemporary artists from unrestricted demographic range may fully tell stories and exhibit bodies of work in an environment that encourages initiative in direct subject matter, interpretation and presentation in an undisturbed environment with unconditional artistic freedom. Refusal to compromise the artists' personal visions or cater to current trends sets up a truly collaborative experience based on fully personal work.
Carrier Pigeon the viewer will find the new, the fantastical, the personal, and the disturbing within contemporary fiction, fine art, illustration and design. Each copy of the magazine, limited to a retail edition of just 1,000, represents an original collectable unto itself. As with all issues, the content comprises six short works of fully illustrated fiction and six international artist portfolios. Carrier Pigeons goal is to provide a magazine that is itself a piece of artwork while also providing an immersive experience to its audience.
Carrier Pigeon contributing artists with work on display will be present at the event and original art from the magazine and the publication itself will be available for viewing and purchase. The exhibition will hang through June 28th.
In The Hole In The Wall Gallery
In the collective’s Hole In The Wall Art Gallery is a very special one night only “pop-up” art exhibition by internationally acclaimed New York City pop artist Mark Kostabi as well as his equally talented and acclaimed brother, neo modernist artist Paul Kostabi.
About Mark Kostabi
Mark Kostabi was born in Los Angeles on November 27, 1960 to Estonian immigrants. He was raised in Whittier, California and studied drawing and painting at California State University, Fullerton. In 1982 he moved to New York and by 1984 he became a prominent figure of the East Village art scene, winning the "Proliferation Prize" from the East Village Eye for being in more art exhibitions than any other New York artist.
Kostabi's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Gallery in Washington D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and the Groninger Museum in Holland.
During the mid-1980s he developed a media persona by publishing self-interviews, which commented on the commodification of contemporary art. In 1986 Kostabi designed the Bloomingdales shopping bag. By 1987 his works were widely exhibited in New York galleries and throughout the United States, in Japan, Germany and Australia.
In 1988, inspiring extensive international press coverage, he founded Kostabi World, his large New York studio known for openly employing numerous painting assistants and idea people. Here he also currently produces a weekly cable TV show, Title This, where noted art critics and celebrities compete to title his paintings for cash awards.
In 1996 he began dividing his time between New York and Rome and consequently his work's already strong presence in the Italian art scene became much more prominent. The influential Italian critic and curator Achille Bonito Oliva, included Kostabi in several major exhibitions including at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte di Roma. The controversial critic, curator and TV personality, Vittorio Sgarbi, curated a 150 painting Kostabi show at the Chiostro del Bramante in Rome in 2006.
His permanent public works include a mural in Palazzo dei Priori in Arezzo, Italy, a large bronze sculpture in the central square of San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, and a bronze portrait of Pope John Paul II in Velletri, Italy.
Retrospective exhibitions of Kostabi's paintings have been held at the Mitsukoshi Museum in Tokyo (1992) and the Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn (1998).
Kostabi is also known for his many collaborations with other artists including Enzo Cucchi, Arman, Howard Finster,Tadanori Yokoo, Enrico Baj and Paul Kostabi.
Kostabi has designed album covers for Guns 'N' Roses (Use Your Illusion) and The Ramones (¡Adios Amigos!), Seether Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray, Jimmy Scott (Holding Back The Years), Glint (Sound in Silence), RK: Roman Klun (Kingsway), Psychotica (Espina) and numerous products including a Swatch watch, Alessi vases, Rosenthal espresso cups, Ritzenhoff milk glasses, and a Giro d'Italia pink jersey.
Kostabi has been profiled on 60 Minutes, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, A Current Affair, Nightwatch (with Charlie Rose), The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Nonsolomoda, West 57th, CNN, MTV and numerous television programs throughout Europe and Japan. In print he has been featured in The New York Times, People, Vogue, Architectural Digest, The Face, Playboy, Forbes, New York Magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, Domus, Corriera Della Sera, Panorama, Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Flash Art, Arte, Arte In and Tema Celeste and a long list of books have been published about him.
He writes an advice column for artists, Ask Mark Kostabi, for Artnet.com.
About Paul Kostabi
Paul Indrek Kostabi was born in Whittier California on October 1, 1962. He is an acclaimed artists, musician, music producer and audio engineer. He is the brother of artist Mark Kostabi.
Paul Kostabi paintings are present in Permanent Collections of: the Guggenheim Museum, New York, Whitney Museum of Art, Video, Paper, Tiger Sessions, New England Museum of Art, Brooklyn, Connecticut, the Millennium Museum, the Paterson Museum, New Jersey and the Museion Museum, Bozen, Italy.
On Stage Noir
Performing live on Stage Noir this evening is The Mark Kostabi Band featuring Mark Kostabi ,Paul Kostabi. and their accompanying band.
Mark Kostabi has performed music as a soloist and with other musicians including Ornette Coleman, Jerry Marotta, Tony Levin, Tony Esposito, Stefano di Battista, Olen Cesari, Aaron Comess, Richard Hammond, Amedeo Ariano, Marco Siniscalco, Stefano Nunzi, Puccio Panettieri, Pat Daugherty, Roman Klun and Paul Kostabi. His compositions have also been performed independently by Rein Rannap, Kristjan Järvi, Maano Männi, Delilah Gutman and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
His debut album, I Did It Steinway was released on Artists Only Records in October of 1998. Produced by Dale Ashley & Charles Coleman, the album features original compositions by Kostabi, and was recorded entirely at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.
Kostabi's other releases include: Songs For Sumera, New Alliance and The Spectre Of Modernism.
Paul Kostabi is also a musician, music producer and audio engineer was a founding member of the bands Youth Gone Mad, White Zombie, and Psychotica, played with the Dee Dee Ramone Band and currently plays and tours with his band “DamnKids”.
Metropolis Collective is a contemporary eclectic fine art galleries and a performance space. Metropolis Collective is home to the Trash Art Gallery, the Hole In The Wall Art Gallery, Danielle Charette Art, Rick-o-Chet Records and The Stage Noir. The collectiveexhibits 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-Thurs 12-7, Fri-Sat 12-8pm and by appointment]. For more information, please call: (717) 458-8245, or visit our website: http://metropoliscollective.com/, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MetropolisCollective