FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
California State University Fullerton Grand Central Art Center Presents:
Exhibition featured in the GCAC Project Room
September 1-October 21, 2007
Opening Reception September 1, 7-10pm
This Project Room exhibition and the release of the publication Mark Mothersbaugh Beautiful Mutants, highlights the strange and wonderful photography of renowned musician and artist Mark Mothersbaugh. This 288 page hardcover book will be available at the opening and during the exhibition. Book signing from 7-8 p.m. on September 1st.
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Main Art Gallery
Glenn Bray Collection
Exhibition featured in the GCAC Main Gallery
September 1-October 21, 2007
Opening Reception September 1, 7-10pm
The late comic artist Basil Wolverton, best known for his illustrative art in MAD Magazine, will be featured in the GCAC Main Gallery exhibition and the release of the publication Original Art of BASIL WOLVERTON.
This 272 page hardcover book will be available at the opening and during the exhibition.
Co-published by Grand Central Press and Last Gasp Publishing
Rental and Sales Gallery
Mark Leysen and Karen Thayer: New Works
Exhibition featured in the Rental and Sales Gallery
September 1-30, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 1, 7-10pm
Leysen’s paintings are abstract fields of color that evoke the landscape. Thayer presents her geomorphic wheel- thrown sculpture that combine landscape and topographical survey ideas, inspired by flight over the Northwest landscape.
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Mark Mothersbaugh Beautiful Mutants
The exhibition will feature more than 400 photographic works by the artist in the Project Room Gallery. A 288-page hardcover book Beautiful Mutants published by Grand Central Press and designed by Ryan DiDonato will be released at the opening.
Nike SB, The City of Glendora California, Mutato Muzika and CSU Fullerton and the Grand Central Art Center came together to make this exhibition and book possible.
Mark Mothersbaugh was born in 1950 in Akron, Ohio. In 1957 he received his first pair of spectacles and simultaneously became interested in art. In 1968 he enrolled at Kent State University fine arts department. In 1970 Mothersbaugh protested the war in Viet Nam and met Jerry Casale at Kent State and co-conceptualized the art band DEVO. Mothersbaugh had his first solo gallery show in 1975. From 1976 to present, Bob, Jim and Mark Mothersbaugh together with Bob and Jerry Casale released the award winning short film “In the Beginning was the End the Truth About De-evolution” and European chart topping singles. During this time period, Mothersbaugh created along with Jerry Casale and Bob Mothersbaugh, all of Devo’s film, graphics, music and stage shows. DEVO continues to record and perform. From 1984 to the present, Mothersbaugh has composed music for film, TV, radio, video games and the web. Since 1987 Mothersbaugh has shown in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions.
The photo-image manipulation of The Beautiful Mutants were intended to be a form of palindromic poetry, where a story is created by a half-truth folded and placed next to itself, thereby creating a self-referencing, yet completed visual poem.
Mark Mothersbaugh’s art leads the viewer to see the hidden mutant in us all. The artist renders a “study of humans via symmetry using photos, both recent and vintage” in which each photograph is, like the “self” in Jungian analysis, transformed to “emerge from its chrysalis as something with expected and uninvestigated properties. It no longer represented anything immediately known…. Rather, it now appeared in a double guise, as both known and unknown.”
Viewers resonate with these images at the interstice between individual subconscious and collective unconscious. Mothersbaugh is, indeed, a master of this interstice, offering the potentialm “miraculous” experience that art can provide. As Gombrich describes it, “the true miracle of the language of art is not that it enables the artist to create the illusion of reality. It is that under the hands of a great master, the image becomes translucent. In teaching us to see the visible world afresh, he gives us the illusion of looking into the invisible realms of the mindif only we know…how to use our eyes.”
from the essay The Cryptomnesia of Mark Mothersbaugh: Beautiful Mutants in Einfall and Shado
by Cristina Bodinger-deUriarte
The Original Art of Basil Wolverton from the Collection of Glenn Bray
Original drawings, cartoons, magazine illustrations and more by Basil Wolverton will be featured in the GCAC Main Gallery. A 272-page hardcover book titled The Original Art of Basil Wolverton published by Grand Central Press and Last Gasp Publishing and designed by Brigitte Macdonald, will be released at the opening.
Basil Wolverton, a unique cartoonist in the decades from the 1940s to the 1960s, was best known for his depiction of human and otherworldly creatures rendered with smoothly sculpted features, spaghetti-like hair, and extremely detailed crosshatching. Born in Oregon in 1909, Wolverton pitched his first comic strip to a syndicate at the age of 16, but it wasn’t until 13 years later that he would sell his first comic features to the new medium of comic books. “Disk-Eyes the Detective” and “Spacehawks” were published in 1938 in Circus Comics. In 1940, “Spacehawk” (a different and improved feature) made its debut in Target Comics. The series ran for 30 episodes (262 pages), until 1942. “Powerhouse Pepper,” Wolverton’s most successful humor comic book feature was published in Timely, Marvel and Humorama comics from 1942 through 1952.Wolverton penned many other features, producing a total of some 1,300 comic book pages. In 1946 he earned first prize for his rendition of Lower Slobbovia’s ulgliest woman, Lena the Hyena. The contest, part of Al Capp’s “Li’l Abner” newspaper strip, was judged by no less than Boris Karloff, Frank Sinatra, and Salvador Dali. It won Wolverton fame and notoriety, and moved his career into the mainstream spotlight for a few years, with features and caricatures appearing in Life and Pageant magazines. At the peak of his style, in the early 1950s, he produced what many regard as his best work, 17 episodes of comic book horror and science fiction. During the ’50s, his work was prominently featured several times in the early MAD magazine, as well as Life and Pageant. In his later years Wolverton produced a story of the Old Testament, which included more than 500 illustrations, and created a series of apocalyptic illustrations based on the New Testament’s “Book of Revelation.” During this time he continued to create outrageous cartoons for clients as diverse as Plop, Playboy and the Topps Company. Wolverton died in 1978.
Special thanks to Glenn Bray and Lena Zwalve, Colin Turner, Doug Harvey, Monte Wolverton, Brigitte Macdonald, ProPhoto Connection and all the people who help make this exhibition and book possible.