Sound of Music Studios is proud to announce “ Famous Duos ”, the upcoming art opening of Richmond artists Darryl Starr and Wolfgang Jasper. Each has been working on a body of new work, and plans to show these pieces along with work from previous series. Starr and Jasper have been partners in crime for nearly forty years, and have decided it’s high time they exhibit together in the city where they met and got their start.
You may recall Starr’s work from last April in the mobile “Mayflower Gallery” he fashioned from a semi-rig parked on Broad Street as part of the First Fridays Art Walk. While that venue focused on his paintings, Starr has since been working more on sculpture for “Famous Duos”. The self-proclaimed “art hack” has been using duck sauce packets as materials, made a homage to the color he hates, and has been building a topographical landscape for the major museums in New York City. Starr explains, “I don’t think the art I see means anything to me, but I accept and acknowledge it. I lived in New York, I saw Godzilla being filmed, I saw those buildings every day, and now their images have returned to my studio in these forms.”
Darryl has been a distinctive presence in the Richmond arts community since the early 1980s, first as a VCU student, later as an alumnus professor, and always as a working artist. He has an MFA in painting from Alfred University. He taught at the Pratt Institute, was a resident at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and one of the first members of 1708 Gallery.
Wolfgang Jasper, a Richmond painter and photographer who holds a MFA from VCU, taught at both VCU and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The biomorphic clusters he has rendered in pigmented wax recall compressed or melted ideations of Picasso’s “Guernica”. In addition to these paintings, Jasper also has a number of his earlier, large charcoal drawings
“The paintings and drawings start out as blank surfaces upon which I wrestle my inner subconscious being with charcoal or paint to visually explore who I might be, not just as an individual but as part of the human collective,” says the artist. “I try very hard to act as a conduit to the spirit and forces of nature that represent our existence.”
Famous Duos runs for two days only as a pop-up event at Sound of Music Studios. Opening night is April 14 from 6-9pm; and the gallery space will be open to the public April 15th from, and by appointment only the following day.
Refreshments served at the opening along with live music from Richmond rockers Gayle and the Nocturnes, and Electric Devastation Orchestra.
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