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Collaborators – Tom Bubul and Michael W. Hall at Space 1026

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February 18, 2012   ·   5 Comments

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They used to be in a band together, Ospreys, so they’re long-time collaborators.  Michael W. Hall, a former Space 1026er, and Tom Bubul splashed the gallery walls with their individual, and quite different (in some ways) aesthetics.  There’s a mural by Michael and a mural by Tom, which meet harmoniously, for all the different color choices and abstract motifs.

On top of the murals are nicely-framed, exquisitely-rendered paintings: Michael’s in gouache (a switch for him from his usual acrylics), have a Zen-geometrical quality, like twisting ribbons of highway or rainbow slices to dream on; and Tom’s are delicate, repetitive, calligraphic wonders that look like they were made by a paint-dipped butterfly who was trying to write a story about his life.

Tom Bubul, mural and works at Space 1026

Tom Bubul, small works

The murals are great and so are the small works.  The whole package is imbued with love of materials, love of hard work, and embrace of quietude and a meditative abstraction that is rooted so openly in the world that anybody can come to it and find something.

Michael W. Hall, Woodland Cemetery 18"x24", Arches watercolor paper

Michael W. Hall, mural and works, detail

Check Michael’s website for more images up close and for a lovely short “making of” video.  And check Tom’s website for images of works in progress.  Tom, who also is a writer/editor, co-edits, with poet Kate Schapira, the Literary Quarterly of the paper Mother’s News. He used to live in Philadelphia but decamped to Providence in 2008, which he likens to Philadelphia, only much smaller — a cheap place to live with lots of artists but not a lot of galleries — mostly, it’s a great place to make art.

And this just in: Tonight, Sat. Feb 18, Michael is hosting a film screening at Space 1026 of the 1992 documentary Hobo. See a clip from Hobo here Here’s why, in a note I got from the artist yesterday:

Much of my art has been inspired by the time ive spent around railroads.  Over the last decade, I’ve travelled around the country, sneaking rides on freight trains.  Some of my writings on this illegal means of travel have been published in the French book OUTSIDE THE BOX and in the railroad magazine FADED GLORY.  Knowing this, it’s easy to see the correlation between the complex twisting shapes i paint and the spider web of tracks that crisscross my world.
I invited the curators of Hobo Film Fest/Go By Rail to come to the gallery tomorrow to screen a little seen 1992 documentary, HOBO, which is considered by most to be the best film ever made on the subject.  It will be a 3 hour event, including short films.  Starts at 7pm. I’m requesting a donation of five dollars at the door, but no one will be turned away! …The curator of the film fest arrived yesterday, aboard a north bound freight from Richmond! .

5 Responses to “Collaborators – Tom Bubul and Michael W. Hall at Space 1026”

  1. Tom Bubul says:

    Thanks for the kind words Roberta!

    Quick clarifying note – MOTHERS NEWS, “The Paper of Record,” is edited by Jacob Berendes of Providence, RI, and all credit for that project is definitely his! I just co-edit the paper’s Literary Quarterly with the poet Kate Schapira.

    For unacquainted readers, the Paper happens to be the best underground publishing project going pretty much anywhere – You can usually find copies of it at 1026 and in West Philly at The Marvelous; mothersnews.net for more info on all aspects. I love this project and highly recommend seeking it out!

    @tombubul

  2. roberta says:

    Hi Tom, thanks for the clarification. I’ll make it clear in the post. Congratulations on the show–really great!

  3. [...] Tom’s the editor of the ideally quarterly Mothers News Literary Quarterly supplement, and a frequent contributor to the Mothers News Ad Drawing Team. here’s a nice review of the set-up, and here’s another. [...]

  4. [...] “It’s been a craaaaaazy year,” he started his email. First, he gave me the good news.  “The show was a resounding success. I had a TON of work in it, and Tom and I both hand-painted enormous murals on the gallery walls. We had a huge turnout at the opening and at all of our events throughout the month.  I sold a lot of work, and we got wonderful reviews.” [...]

  5. [...] “It’s been a craaaaaazy year,” he started his email. First, he gave me the good news. “The show was a resounding success. I had a TON of work in it, and Tom and I both hand-painted enormous murals on the gallery walls. We had a huge turnout at the opening and at all of our events throughout the month.  I sold a lot of work, and we got wonderful reviews.” [...]

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