The current show at Fl!ght Gallery, "Welcome to the Gun Show," featuring the glasswork of Jake Zollie Harper and the woodwork of Ray Gun (aka Reagan Johns) is closing tonight!
There is a party tonight, at Fl!ght, from 7-10. Seeing as how the 2 artists collaborated on a lovely wooden bar with handmade taps, there Will Be Beer. Freetail, and free!
Unfortunately, I missed the artist talk the night before Thanksgiving, which was moderated by Artlies editor (and Johns' partner) Anjali Gupta. I hear it was fascinating and fun, though, and hell, those same dudes will be there, so ask them anything you want.
Ray Gun may tell you of the eight years he spent painstakingly assembling the spectacular wooden wall sculpture composed, in part, of teeny tiny pegs. Gorgeous, powerful stuff...stuff that's not for sale, as it happens, because, well, HE SPENT EIGHT YEARS ON IT. But if you are very rich, I encourage you to make him an offer. You might also hear Jake tell of how Chuck Ramirez wants to commission some IMPERFECT glasswork from him, which strikes Jake as ironic, because he works damn hard towards perfection. However, there are many pieces by Harper in the show that belie, in lovely ways, a very exacting but human touch.
Fl!ght curators Ed Saavedra and Current contributor Justin Parr have been wildly enthusiastic about this workmanlike/elegant exhibition, Saavedra even calling it "one of the best shows we've ever presented." I heartily concur. Go, look, mingle, drink, buy unique and beautiful things from these unique and beautiful characters. Plus, a Fl!ght party is always good.
Up starting 12/12 at Fl!ght: Kendra Curry, whose show opening, as I understand, will include some participatory artmaking.
NOW SOME IMAGES!
(All photos by Justin Parr)
installation view: note pyramidal-facade (?) beer bar (I don't know what else to call it) with hand-blown glass taps.
detail from a series of Harper-Ray Gun collaborations; small wooden cabinets (with ingenious wooden hinges, nothing Home Depot-made, kids) with handmade glass knobs.
wood by Ray Gun, glass by Harper
Ray Gun's 8-year sculpture, recalling monumental ancient wheels, pixillation, and cosmology somehow.
groupong f original glassware by Jake Zollie Harper--again, some of these smaller pieces somewhat recall ancient artifacts to me.
another one-wood, one-glass collab: taps
these stools, if I remember correctly, are mirror images of each other.
lamp in cobalt blue
Fl!ght is at 1906 South Flores.