COMIC BOOK ART SHOW DEBUTING AT NEW GREENFIELD ART GALLERY
Mysterious Transmissions comic book group to show work at GAS, Greenfield Art Salon
GAS (Greenfield Art Salon), a new art gallery space in Greenfield, MA, is hosting its debut show this August. The show, descriptively titled Comic Book Art Show, will feature the work of Mysterious Transmissions, a Northampton, MA based group of comic book artists comprised of Colin Panetta and Mark Velard, in addition to Greenfield, MA artist Hans Rickheit. The show will consist of a number of short comic book stories from each artist, presented in their entirety and intended for reading on the gallery walls. By presenting comics, seen as a low art or as simple entertainment, in a gallery setting the show encourages the viewer to find the differences or common ground between them and fine art. “I’m more interested in raw entertainment than fine art,” says Panetta. “But seeing something like this, and also reading a linear narrative, on gallery walls feels ‘off’. We’re interested in exploring why that is with this show.” Comic Book Art Show will have an opening reception on Friday, August 5th at 7:30 and run through the end of the month.
GAS, in its own words, is “a place for area weirdos and artists - the general bohemian riffraff that we hope to cultivate - can hang out and make plans. We want to fuel these plans. We want to be a kind of deranged little engine. Dysfunctional perhaps … but ‘the little engine that could’ nonetheless. Oddly defying all odds, while being the most odd. That is a goal and vocation.”
Mysterious Transmissions is the combined creative mass of comic book self publishers Colin Panetta and Mark Velard. Although not done in collaboration, their work shares the common themes of exposing the weird, dark places of artist’s subconscious in a manner often bordering on the surreal, in an effort to encourage equal parts befuddlement and entertainment for the reader. Panetta’s haunted science-fiction series DEAD MAN HOLIDAY has received positive attention from The Comics Reporter and The Comics Journal websites. It centers around a security guard in a flooded and abandoned city named Little Atlantis, and the strange things he finds there. He also recently completed NOT COMICS #1, an anthology of short comics done in collaboration with people who don’t read comics. Mark Velard’s weird and perversely humorous work deals in ancient signifiers and explores freedom of mind. His comic FUTURE SPACE pontificates on the future of leisure time (in space), and his new comic MAROONED AT HIGH NOON features a protagonist stuck on an unfamiliar planet where the opening credits never seem to end.
Hans Rickheit is well-regarded as a purveyor of forbidden notions. He has been producing his perplexing and somewhat subversive comics for over 25 years. His first graphic novel, CHLOE, which he self-published won the Xeric Award in 2001. His book THE SQUIRREL MACHINE was selected as one of the Best 5 Comics of 2009 by the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Arts. Currently he is working on a 600-page graphic novel called ECTOPIARY, which is being serialized online along with new webcomic COCHLEA & EUSTACHIA.
Colin Panetta and Mark Velard of Mysterious Transmissions’ work can be seen at http://mysterioustransmissions.com
Hans Rickheit’s work can be seen at http://www.ectopiary.com and http://www.chromefetus.com
GAS, the Greenfield Art Salon, can be reached through Alan at 8579918447
Mysterious Transmissions, Colin Panetta and Mark Velard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 4134671458
Hans Rickheit can be reached at email@example.com or 4133375304