FINE ART

Andy Warhol Art Installation at the Remington Contemporary Art Gallery

On the second level of the Remington Contemporary Art Gallery is a long rectangular space that had glaring white walls.  I remembered a picture Hank O’Neal had created for an exhibition I curated in 2005 that featured his hand colored portraits of Andy Warhol from photographs he’d taken of Andy many years earlier at The Factory.  I asked him if he felt his pictures could be enlarged to fill this entire space. I knew Hank was experimenting with enlarging his images digitally and owing to the fact that Warhol was a pioneer in that field I thought it was a natural fit for the space.

 

THE BACK STORY

 

 

Notes by Hank O’Neal

 

In late 1984 Allen Ginsberg told me a man named Jerry Aronson was in the process of making a documentary film about his life and times. In January 1985, Jerry was scheduled to conduct an interview with Andy Warhol about his relationship with Allen and to offer any pertinent observations he might care to make about the noted poet. Allen asked if I could take a portrait of Andy Warhol that might be used as a still in the film. A few weeks later Jerry called and asked as well.

 

 

 

The interview was scheduled for January 15, 1985, at Andy Warhol’s last and final factory, the studio where he created his artwork, located at 22 East 33rd Street. I arrived with the crew and we set up in one of the rooms that made up Andy’s studio complex. There were pictures and works in progress scattered about on the floor and people were working on them.

 

Andy finally appeared, wearing a black turtleneck sweater, ordinary pants, his silver fright wig and a baseball cap. He sat down in a straight back chair, the lights came on, the cameras rolled, Jerry asked his questions and Andy answered them. Or at least he kind of answered them. I took pictures from various angles, close ups, medium shots and a couple of interiors. At the end of the shoot, he held still for a couple of really ordinary portraits.

 

I developed my film and had a number of photographs from which to choose but the more I looked at them the more I thought I wanted to play with the almost expressionless portraits I had taken and so I did. I chose the three or four that seemed the most bland and began to color them with transparent water colors, red, yellow and blue. I mixed up the colors and mixed up the pictures. I must have done about 120 small 4” x 4” square photographs.

 

I then assembled the photographs by hand and mounted them as a ten by ten square grid on illustration board. I was essentially doing what Andy had been doing for so many years but I was doing it with his face, in the primary colors he used with such success. Later I made some double and triple and quadruple exposures of my favorite portrait, but only in black and white. Then I began to play with them in other ways.

 

In 2005 I began to rethink these photographs for an exhibition in New York City. Computer technology made the difference and I was able to refine the images. I could make the pictures any size I wanted. Later I experimented with prints on canvas, smaller at first and then as large as 52” x 52”.

 

The latest Andy pictures were done in the summer of 2015, when 42 large prints were created to become a permanent installation on the second level of the Remington Contemporary Art Gallery, a three level public art exhibition space that has become the artistic and visual cornerstone of Downtown Markham, a new cultural center in the greater Toronto area.  In addition to the 42 large prints on vinyl, an oversized 52” x 52” Double Andy on canvas is displayed in the same location.

 

Andy Warhol at the Factory, 22 East 33rd Street, NYC, January 15, 1985

Time Lapse video of Paul Abraham's Who is scared of the Big Bad Wolf ?

Our fine art concepts offer the possibility of a unique collaborative process, in which visual and performance artists work together to achieve a common purpose for the benefit of institutions, corporate clients and the public at large.

 

The process traditionally begins with the interaction of the Broadway Bound Fine Arts team and a corporate client with a specific need. Working together a practical concept is developed to satisfy the client’s needs. This can be a straightforward process to obtain art works for a designated public space, to create art installations in gallery settings or even to acquire artwork for investment purposes that would also be used to enhance corporate offices. More complicated programs, whereby the artwork, is related to and becomes part of performances and festivals, can also be facilitated by our team of experts.

 

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STREET ART

Time Lapse video of Nick Walker painting Polychromatic Beams in The Remington Contemporary Art Gallery at Downtown Markham.

The most exciting new development in the world of art in the past few years has been the emergence of street art. Once looked down upon as simple graffiti, street art is blossoming around the world, turning the streets, buildings, corporate spaces, and even parking garages, into ever changing and evolving museum-like public spaces that are free and open for all to enjoy.

 

Broadway Bound FIne Arts and Entertainment (BBFA&E) has been involved with this dynamic and increasingly popular, youth-oriented art form for many years and is in the forefront of using street artists to create indoor and outdoor murals, as well as photography of long vanished street art to decorate public spaces. BBFA&E works closely with noted street artists to undertake site-specific projects and photographers for special installations and gallery exhibitions.

 

The company was also instrumental in beginning the process that led to the creation of the book, XCIA – The Street Art Project, the award winning publication that has been described as one of the most important as well as beautiful books on the subject. The BBFA&E - inspired XCIA Street Art Project maintains an in-house library of more than 50,000 especially created photographs that can be drawn upon for company projects.

 

BBFA&E has been at the forefront of using street art as a vehicle for both marketing and aesthetic purposes for many years and plans to expand the use of this art form substantially in the years to come.

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