When Spoke Art started back in 2010, founder, Ken Harman, garnered international attention for the gallery right out of the gate, after curating the acclaimed Bad Dads: An Art Show Tribute To The Films Of Wes Anderson as a pop-up exhibit, before ever even locking down a permanent gallery space. Since then, the event has only grown and, in August, a book compiling works from the annual group show was released as the third volume in the New York Times Wes Anderson collection series. Last year, after earning its place as a Halloween staple for many in the Bay Area, over 5 consecutive years, the San Francisco gallery opted to host Bad Dads exclusively as a 3-day weekend pop-up show at the Joseph Gross Gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. Now, it appears as if the Big Apple may have become the permanent location for the tribute show with Spoke expanding to the east coast and hosting an inaugural exhibit at their brand new NYC gallery space, only last month. Bad Dad VII opens tomorrow at Spoke Art NYC.
We’ve posted something about Bad Dads every single year since the debut and each and every time that I write anything, the same exact thought comes into my head: “How long can they continue to draw water from this same well?” And the reason that I continue to publish something each and every time is because the preview images consistently give me something that warrants it. By this point, one might expect every possible approach or interpretation of Anderson’s work to have been exhausted, but there’s always a fresh take to be delivered and it actually seems that, if anything, contributing artists feel compelled to step their games up, as years go by. In standard form, over 60 artists of various disciplines and aesthetics have been brought in to showcase everything from sculpture, cubism, and dioramas, to screen prints, gouache paintings and cut paper works. Contributors consist of both Bad Dads veterans and those new to the scene, resulting in a refreshing amount of variety; the best stuff using Anderson‘s work simply as a jumping off point, and/or inspiration to bring an entirely different dimension to the filmmaker’s unique cinematic universe.
Bad Dads VII opens tomorrow, Friday, October 28th and will run until Sunday, November 13th. The exhibit is all ages and free of charge, except for on opening night, which is a 21+ event and requires an entrance fee ($15), but includes an open bar (beer and wine) and sliders provided by Bare Burgers. Select artists will be in attendance and arriving dressed in Wes Anderson-related attire is encouraged, as there will be prizes awarded for the best costume. These opening night events are typically packed and this one has already sold out, so we definitely encourage you to keep your eyes peeled and to follow the Facebook event page in case anything opens up. Otherwise, there will be plenty of time to go down and check this thing out, before it closes next month. Those unable to make it out to the New York area will still have an opportunity to purchase pieces via the Spoke Art website, once available.
Here’s a list of who will be showing…
Rebecca Mason Adams, Nicole Anguish, Ana Aranda, Christine Aria, Bagger43, Derek Ballard, Ryan & Lucy Berkley, Joshua Budich, Ivonna Buenestro, Sandi Calistro, Mar Cerdà, Matt Chase, Tracie Ching, Dan Christofferson, Ben Clarke, Camilla D’Erricco, Max Dalton, Mai Ly Degnan, Matt Dye, Jayde Fish, Vanessa Foley, Alex Garant, Monica Garwood, Sam Gilbey, Ian Glaubinger, Lauren Gregg, Dan Grissom, Justin Hager, Hari & Deepti, Adrienne Heloise, Primary Hughes, Maria Suarez Inclan, Ryan Inzana, Paige Jiyoung Moon, Alex R. Kirzhner, Bartosz Kosowski, Conor Langton, Nan Lawson, Ted Lincoln, Adam Lister, Kemi Mai, Marni Manning, Brighton Ballard, Guillaume Morellec, Danielle Murray, Reuben Negron, Jeany Ngo, Chelsea O’Byrne, Zach Oldenkamp, Lily Padula, Anna Pan, Ruel Pascual, Rich Pellegrino, Allison Reimold, Relm, Jesse Riggle, Bennett Slater, Daniel Speight, Nick Stokes, Meghan Stratman, Lindsay Stripling, Deangus, Concepcion Studios, Matt Taylor, Geoff Trapp, Chris Walker, Helice Wen, John Wentz, Bryce Wymer, ZEBU
Check out preview images for the exhibit below the following event details…
Spoke Art Presents
Bad Dads VII:
7th Annual Art Show Tribute To The Films of Wes Anderson
Saturday, October 28th
Spoke Art Gallery
210 Rivington St,
New York City, NY 10002-2503
Opening is 21-and-over (ticket requires)
Complimentary beer, wine, and hamburger sliders will be served
Some artists will be in attendance