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Volga or Yangtze Boatmen Research and Progress

Volga or Yangtze River Boatmen_2018_36in x 36in_oil on masonite_$600

 

There are songs that the boatmen who tugged boats up the Yangtze sang. Some of these songs described the specific routes through treacherous rapids.

The Soviets glorified their boatmen who were often social exiles for their toughness. ‘Volga Boatmen’ is a famous nationalist song celebrating them for their ideal Soviet image.

I have merged these stories with an Anton Chekov short story ‘In Exile’ about the desperation and loneliness of Soviet ferrymen.

This is the final piece:

 

 

These were a few of the influences:

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3.10 Night Market and Exhibition at FireCat Gallery, Wicker Park Chicago

Trina Mae Mabborang organized this as well as several other art events in rented spaces for single evenings. It was held at FIRECAT GALLERY in Wicker Park which is a very nice space and at which I have seen high level work exhibited.

The cover was $5 at the door which included free drinks. Good drinks. Quite a party and a rager. People even began to dance as the night wore on. The party changed character five or six times in a 3 hour span. From divided milling about to loud , vibrant and highly relaxed.

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Reggie’s SouthLoop – Pancakes and Booze Show

Reggie’s is a well known rock club on in the SOuth Loop of Chicago. Most up and coming rock bands have played there if the thick layers of band stcikers covering every surface of the bathrooms was any indication. This was two nights on a very warm summer night in August. I had scalded my hand on superheated popcorn oil a few days earlier so I was all wrapped up in gauze for this one. We met in Chinatown for dinner and then headed to the show with my crate of prints and bagged originals. I had included my 5in x 7in Urban Sketch prints in editions of 5. They proved the most popular. I sold several pieces both Saturday and Sunday. THere was a DJ and a really nice vibe here. Some buyers but mostly artists and their friends and family. Early in the night was crowded and quite a bit of attention on everybody’s pieces.  It thinned as the night went on.

 

THe piece in the upper left did wind up selling.

 

I traded this piece for one of Jynells prints. She was on the wall to my left. Very nice print, She is a printmaker from WIsconsin.