Friday, November 02, 2018

‘Underground Buffalo Rock Posters" Article in Buffalo News "Gusto"

‘Underground Buffalo’ Celebrates our Daring, Destitute DIY Era

An image by artist/musician David Kane, from “Underground Buffalo Rock Posters: The Continental and Beyond.”

“Many of the images in the following pages have become iconic to a small subculture of punks and pioneers who were riding a wave of excitement in music and culture that started in the 70s and continued through the 80s and 90s in Buffalo, NY,” writes Robby Takac in the introduction to the new book, “Underground Buffalo Rock Posters: The Continental and Beyond.”It's a project he conceived with artists Don Keller and Karl Kotas that also features art by David Kane, Mark Freeland, Mark Wisz and Candio.
Takac should know. When I first met him, in the late summer of 1990, he was a bar-back at the long-gone Cabaret on Franklin Street. And that “wave of excitement” he writes of revealed itself in a sense of possibility that stood in stark opposition to the “abandoned city” reality that permeated Buffalo.
As an eager participant throughout the '90s, it's worthwhile to celebrate this pre-internet era of DIY musicianship and music promotion in Buffalo, when clubs like the Continental, the Icon, Adventure Club, the Scrapyard, Nietzsche’s and Mr. Goodbar comprised a vibrant, if financially destitute, scene.
“In the beginning, it was the same group of misfits that attended every punk show and art-rock related event, giving the whole scene an extended family kind of feel,” Keller, the book's curator, recalled. “Everybody got to know each other over time and became good friends. Everybody dated each other. Bands were constantly evolving and jamming with members of other bands, crafting new sounds, ideas, and side projects. Everything was experimental."
Poster by Karl Kotas
That experimental bent lent itself handily to the creation of the posters that comprise “Underground Buffalo,” a collection of startling, striking images that speak of a vital era. I asked Keller to describe the difference between hand-crafting a unique event-specific poster and, say, making a social media event page and posting it.
“It involved physical engagement with the real world,” Keller said. “Making collages and using press-on type or hand lettering. Then finding someone with access to a Xerox machine, because nobody had the cash to pay for them. The hoofing down Elmwood and Allen to hang them up, which inevitably led to conversations with people. You had the opportunity to talk up and sell the show with an actual in-the-flesh person, and almost always saw that guy or girl at the gig the next weekend.
“People saved these things for 40 years.  Nobody’s going to do that with a twitter post or Facebook event page.”
One chapter of the book is dedicated to the Adventure Club, a multi-level art and music space on Elmwood in Allentown that holds a special place in my heart, because my band had a rehearsal space there, and I was able to witness the happenings first-hand.
The place was totally emblematic of the Buffalo underground arts scene and was born of ideas that struck Keller while he was traveling in Europe.
“There was an art installation element infused in the club scene in Europe that I had never really experienced before,” Keller said. “London’s Camden Palace, the Electric Cat and Amsterdam’s Club Escape made a serious impression on me. I was also spending a lot of time in New York City around then, frequenting Limelight, Danceteria and Save The Robot. I loved the Buffalo music and art scene but quickly realized we didn’t even come close to what was happening in those bigger cities. I wanted Buffalo to experience that. Somehow, through desire, good luck and a lot of hard work, I was able to make it happen here.”
Don Keller's Adventure Club

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Friday, August 03, 2018

Underground Punk Artwork Show in Buffalo

Friday, August 3rd, Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls and Music Is Art presents vintage punk art by David Kane, Mark Freeland, Don Keller, Mark Wisz and Karl Kotas, (NYC.) Buffalo legends
The Fems will be playing.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

New York Shitty Off-Off-Armory Show

New York Shitty celebrates everything about the city that isn’t Big Art, Big Money, Big Fashion and Big Glamor – embracing the gritty, the raw, the democratic, the unwanted, the despised and the persecuted. “ ....Yup, that’s me.

So in the spirit of being unwanted and despised, I was included in this show located at Con-Artists Collective, a gallery space on the Lower East Side. Curated by Uta Brauser, owner of the Bushwick Gallery Fish With Braids, it was described in the Bedford and Bowery blog "as much an occupation and a performance as it is an exhibition of goods."

Other artists in the show are James McGann, Motherpigeon, Smitty “Subtexture” Smith, Omer Gal, Josef Pinlac, TV Douglas, Jenny Heissenhuber, Sarah Wang, Julz Art, Dave Tree, Blancablanca, Blind, T.Mas, Uncle Riley, Wizard Skull, Frank Ape, Lenore Cohen, and T-Fuk.

"New York Shitty” will be at the Con Artist Gallery at 119 Ludlow Street until March 12. On March 5 – 6, “New York Shitty in Real Time,” a live street action event, will be taking place in the Meatpacking District. For more details, see here. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

David Bowie Eternity

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Parallel Universes of Punk

The Single Eye. My manifesto for today.

To a huge degree,my lifetime painting project, “If Thine Eye Be Single” series was generated by an interest in gnosticism. This has not only has been a lifetime preoccupation for me, but obviously, mysticism is one of the basic themes in the realm of all artistic expression. This project has been ongoing for twenty-seven years now, and at first my motivation was to channel my "subconscious" but now I call it "non-physical realms" which is pretty much the same thing. As I began to understand consciousness, I have realized that ALL thoughts, beliefs and vibrations are available. My steering-wheel through infinite parallel universes are my emotions. The way thoughts feel, emotionally is my (and your) internal guidance system. As a consciousness aligns with love/light by "good feeling thoughts" the internal vision becomes non-dual. The eye becomes "single." The single-eye is my obsession. You will always find the motif of the "single eye" in my paintings and doodles. "If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”- Matthew 6:22

Monday, January 04, 2016

Happy New Year!