The next opening is Friday, June 8, at the Main Street Art Gallery, 1006 Main Street, Fortuna. Exhibits include the revolutionary realism of Chuck Bowden, the black light outsider art of punk rocker Robb Rierdan and photos of cowboys, freaks and nudes by an unknown Chicago photographer circa 1922.
The drawings of Chuck Bowden, on permanent display, are considered to be the finest examples of photo realism/hyperrealism in the USA today and will not only amaze but will also provoke many a thought and many a tear, while others will disturb greatly the corsetted mind. The blindingly, neonic blacklight works of Robb Rierdan (1976-2005), on display till the end of June, evoke memories of the psychedelic 60s, while his countless journal artworks reflect an instantaneous reflection upon a whirlwind of emotion, sometimes painful, sometimes comical, sometimes iconic with a black eye. The Barnum and Bailey Circus photos, on permanent display, along with the stunt girls at the beach and many nudes, were shot near Chicago circa 1922 by an as-yet-to-be-identified photographer.
Upcoming shows this year include Stereo Butts, a collection of color stereo images taken, very stealthily, by an unknown photographer, of girls at various beaches, music clubs and peace marches around San Francisco circa 1960-1972. Also on display is a September 11, 2001 photo tribute and reflection upon the realities of that day and finally the Seely Studios Photo Collection, a massive display of photographic imagery of the people and places in and around Eureka circa 1915-1945.
This gallery is dedicated to bringing to light undiscovered art and photo treasures, both contemporary and historical. Some of the photo treasures exhibited reveal lost and nearly forgotten visual remembrances of times past, while the art treasures will reveal works not only highly unusual and controversial, but works that will enlighten any society hell-bent on war. No spun-doctored spoon-fed propaganda MSM spewfest here. The Bowden School of Realism is located here also.
For more information, call 845-2038.