Snapshots & Twisted Tales
MULHERIN + POLLARD
187 Chrystie Street (and the end of Freeman Alley)
New York, NY 10002
George Kuchar (Chrystie Gallery)
Snapshots & Twisted Tales
March 1-25, 2012
Opening Reception Thursday, March 1, 6-9pm
John Pollard is pleased to present Snapshots & Twisted Tales, an exhibition of works by the late filmmaker George Kuchar.
Snapshots & Twisted Tales focuses on the graphic work Kuchar produced during the 1970s, a period when he actively returned to his childhood interest in comics. During that time he published his work in Arcade: The Comics Revue, a magazine he started with Art Spiegelman and Bill Griffith, two noted underground artists and his neighbors in San Francisco. Arcade included work by a variety of other artists, including George's twin brother Mike and R. Crumb.
Snapshots & Twisted Tales will also feature a few of George's childhood drawings, early cartoons made in the mid 1950s when he was a student studying commercial art at the School of Industrial Art (later the Manhattan School of Art and Design). These drawings prefigure some of his signature future themes and preoccupations centering on food, heartthrobs, and the struggles and mortifications of everyday living. The exhibition will also include a selection of his photographs—portraits and personal snapshots of friends and various locales encountered on his many travels.
He has recently garnered new attention and recognition in the contemporary film and art worlds, marked by his retrospective exhibition at MoMA PS1, “George Kuchar: Pagan Rhapsodies,” as the subject of a recent article in the February Artforum, and with his inclusion in the forthcoming 2012 Whitney Biennial (at the Whitney Museum of American Art, March 1–May 27, 2012), which will be showing a selection of his Weather Diaries series of video works produced between 1986 and 2011.
Kuchar produced many paintings, works on paper, comics, and photographs during his lifetime, some of which were featured in the recent show at PS1. His works are represented by the ADA Gallery of Richmond, Virginia, whose director and owner, John Pollard, is also co-owner of Mulherin & Pollard, ADA’s sister gallery.
With a catalog that includes over 200 films and videos, George Kuchar's artwork has been recognized through countless awards and grants, including The National Endowment for the Arts, The Eureka Fellowship Program, and a Ford Foundation Fellowship from United States Artists. He is the recipient of the prestigious Maya Deren Award for Independent Film and Video Artists from the American Film Institute, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Independent/Experimental Film and Video. Kuchar's work has screened around the globe in cinemas, festivals, and major museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Pompidou Center in Paris.
His films include Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966), selected by the Village Voice as no. 52 on its list of the 100 Best Films of the 20th Century; Eclipse Of the Sun Virgin (1967); and I, An Actress (1977), selected by the Library of Congress this past year for inclusion to the National Film Registry. His video works include Weather Diaries (1986–2011), and Secrets of the Shadow World (1989–99).