Friday, March 12, 2010

Mikhail Horowitz and Ed Sanders

Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 2pm

The Gallery at R&F Handmade Paints
84 Ten Broeck Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401

A $5 donation is suggested.

For directions please visit R&F’s website.

Mikhail Horowitz is the author of Big League Poets (City Lights, San Francisco, 1978; a collection of captioned collages), and two books of poetry—The Opus of Everything in Nothing Flat (Red Hill/Outloud, 1993), and Rafting Into the Afterlife (Codhill Press, 2007). His poetry, prose, and artwork have been published in scores of anthologies including City Lights Journal, The Stiffest of the Corpse, and Yellow Silk Anthology, as well as in lit journals, magazines, and newspapers (including the New York Times). As a performing artist, he’s been working solo, duo (with Gilles Malkine), or with various configurations of acoustic and/or jazz musicians for more than 30 years, opening shows for or collaborating and/or sharing bills with such writers, musicians, and performers as Charles Mingus, David Amram, Ed Sanders, Peter “P.D.Q. Bach” Schickele, Justin Kolb, and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, among others. His CD of jazz-related performance pieces, The Blues of the Birth, was released by Sundazed Records on its Euphoria/Jazz label; two other CDs, of acoustic folk parodies and literary spoofs, are available on the No Help Here label. His work has also been featured on seven anthology CDs, including Bring It On Home, Vol. II, on Columbia Records (Legacy). His day gig finds him in the Publications Office at Bard College, where he diligently redacts academic wapdoodle.

Edward Sanders is a poet, historian and musician. He has been at work, since 1998, on a 9-volume America, a History in Verse. The first five volumes, tracing the history of the 20th century, have been completed and published in a fully indexed CD format, over 2,000 pages in length, by Blake Route Press. Another recent writing project is Poems for New Orleans, a book and CD on the history of that great city, and its tribulations during and after hurricane Katrina. He has been granted a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in verse, an American Book Award for his collected poems, and other awards for his writing.

Other books in print include Tales of Beatnik Glory (4 volumes published in a single edition), 1968, a History in Verse; The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg; The Family, a history of the Charles Manson murder group, and Chekhov, a biography in verse of Anton Chekhov. Sanders was the founder of the satiric folk/rock group, The Fugs, which has released many albums and CDs during its 45 year history.

Two of his books, The Family and Tales of Beatnik Glory, are under option to be made into movies.

His selected poems, 1986-2008, Let’s Not Keep Fighting the Trojan War, has just been published by Coffee House Press.

Be Free, The Fugs Final CD (Part 2) has been released in February, 2010, featuring 14completely new tunes. The eminent singer and composer Jules Shear, and Ed Sanders, have written and completed a song cycle during the summer and fall of ’09, titled “The Surreal Housewives of Woodstock.” The cycle consists of 15 tunes, just over 69 minutes in total length.

He lives in Woodstock, New York with his wife, the essayist and painter Miriam Sanders, and both are active in environmental and other social issues.

In the Gallery at R&F:

A solo exhibition by Gabe Brown entitled, Collect the Sun. The show will run from April 3rd – May 22nd, 2010.

Gabe Brown, painter, uses formal abstract elements to create narrative landscapes, drawing parallels between natural and man-made environments. Brown’s visual vocabulary is derived from the natural world, where quiet, everyday events such as conversations between birds and the cellular structure of plant life are animated and filled with an active power to trigger desire, temptation and a sense of frailty. Exploring a magical world beyond tangible reality, where the force of humanity creates illusions that tease with their playfulness and temp with their visceral beauty, the artist creates an alternative inner-world where rainbow teardrops become stand-ins for loss and uncertainty. Working in harmony with the changing seasons, the artist views the process of painting as a ‘portal for adventure’, through which she creates intuitive vignettes that are both alluring and mysterious.

Gabe Brown comes from a family of artists and has been painting for over twenty years. She holds an MFA from the University of California, Davis, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and holds a BFA from Cooper Union. The artist moved to the Hudson Valley from New York City five years ago, and currently teaches at Fordham University.


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