June marks the fifth anniversary of the Modbo, which, according to owners Brett and Lauren Andrus
, is "132 in gallery years."
Which means a month's worth of activities, beginning with the opening of Brett's two-gallery solo show Hypothesis
on June 6.
Andrus' 37-piece exhibit is all new work, spanning large-scale oil paintings that are his usual forte, as well as numerous small-scale works and multimedia sketches and studies. This is a new venture, and thus the title of the show.
(And for the shopper/patron in you, smaller also means affordable.)
His subjects are still a unique mix of women, often tangled up with one another, or in the cords of a vacuum or other household appliance, and birds. The drawings strike me as very Summer of the Swans
, Constantinos Coconis
-style; Andrus sites Egon Schiele
, Kent Williams
and Jenny Saville
The opening on First Friday will start at 5:30 p.m. and feature live music from Eros and Eschaton as well as a surprise live performance of some kind. You'll have to be there to find out.
June 14 marks the actual birthday, and for that, the Andruses are kicking off this year's Acacia Park music series
with a series of five bands playing behind the Modbo in "rapid and rotating succession" and each covering a songs from another band. Simultaneous shows will also happen in the Acacia band shell and behind Berkshire Hathaway.