Thursday, April 1, 2010

Famous When Dead

Styles puts as much effort into the promotion of an opening as he does into the actual artwork for the show. For the infamous Valentine Day Show a week of small radio spots were taken out on WRAT 95.9 fm. Styles wrote and financed the ad spots.

For the Famous When Dead show in October of 2004 an 8 page show program was developed. The program covered the artist and his new work, as well as 5 ads for business that contributed support to the opening.

The show name came first. The title implies the cliché` artist's fate of fame and fortune coming only after his tragic demise. But it also had a Film Noir ring to it. Premise being: buy an unknown's artwork, kill him, resell it at a profit. (Probably best NOT to give collectors any ideas)
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Due to certain obsessive personality traits Styles got hooked on the film Pulp Fiction. " I would turn it on just about every morning while I was getting ready for work for background noise" So when it came time for Styles to do the flyers for the show, it evolved into a lampoon. "At times last summer things seemed to parody PF..." Like what? " like none of your business"

The only thing that fell through with the show was the 74 green Nova scheduled to be in the gallery never showed up. "It's a shame, we were going to serve the wine and cheese out of the trunk" A few old Neil Diamond tapes made up for the loss of the car. When asked if there were any other parodies in the future "not really, FWD just evolved, the next one will probably be totally off the wall, no 'Reservoir Dogs Playing Poker"

The newspaper ad in Tri-City News actually produced more response than the radio spot. "I don't want to have any more shows in Belmar, this is a town where only bars and night clubs draw a crowd."

"Besides I think it's time to start moving north." Styles said ambitiously

Stop Van Gogh

Coors Light Graphic

Howard the Fish

WPDQ Graphic

Dysfunction Junction



Dysfunction Junction
2004


36 "X30" enamel paint on discarded traffic sign, background is reflective
$345

OGFC Logo

The Whopper

Computer Bored

Romantic Depression and Cage Match Relationships

Belmar, NJ – Feb 2004
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Slide show of artwork from the show in 2004, audio from a local radio spot writen and funded by Styles.

Web Site Logo

EXIT 14



Exit 14
2004


20"X24" enamel paint on alluminum
$365

SOLD

Gray Mask

Organ Grinder




Organ Grinder
2003


16"X48" Enamel Paint on Discarded Plastic Sign
$350

Painted Lady

Jersey Plates

The Queen Demands Head

ballet star

Fighting Armidillo

Brady Bunch Etcho-Sketch





Brady Bunch Etcho-Sketch 2003


24"X24"
reverse painted discarded window frame
$245

The Trailer Trash Art Show


This was my first art studio in New Jersey was a 1970 14' travel trailer. Gutted it proved to be an ideal space. It moved with me several times.




This is why my second art show had the name of "TRAILER TRASH ART SHOW"

Red Wine and the Doors

Sergent Cracker



Sgt. Cracker
2002

16"X25" Enamel Paint on Discovered Wood
$189

Hoover Girl

Pastel Nudes

Vincent Van Godzilla



28"X32" Enamel Paint on Aluminum
$225

SOLD

Saint Gray

Why Mom took away my Etcho-Sketch

Blah Blah Blah

Boardwalk Psychosis and anger mismanagment

Divine Madness Gallery • Asbury Park Nj. Oct. 4-11, 02 •

This was Styles' first one-man show. Asbury Park NJ was the perfect city. Styles had worked in Asbury Park in the 1980's at a beauty product supplier on Main St. He watched the city try but fail at a recovery in the 80's. It was the capital of underachievment. Ten years later a second attempt for both underachievers showed promise.

Crystal Atkins of Divine Madness Gallery offered the Soho-looking gallery to Styles in October of 2002. For a number of years A.P. had taken on a Greenwich Village feel. Several small art galleries had taken root. The crowds that gathered in the evenings consisted of the cliche` mixture of artists, musicians, writers and the Gen X version of the Beatnik.

Entittled Boardwalk Psychosis and anger mismanagment. "I like long titles... kind of a Monty Python ring to it." Despite a heavy mailing Styles sold only one small piece of work. That covered half of the DJ cost. A week later he started the plans for his next opening.

Dirtwater Dogs



10" X 6" Plexi scrap

$45

SOLD

signs from the street


Land Shark



Land Shark 2004
8"X70" painted wood sign
$240
enamel paint on a salvaged carved wood sign.

Damn Tape Measure

Totally Topless



totally topless
2005


11" X 34.5"
2 Reverse painted windows
$480 (pair)

SOLD

Northwest Food Groups




Northwest Food Groups
2004

24"X24" reverse painted discarded window frame
$280

Pizza Fish

Nude male on surfboard


Nude male on surfboard 1.0
2005

22"X33"
$375


salvaged surfboard






Nude male on surfboard 2.0
2005


20"X36"
$375


Both for only $575.00

Tillie Pollock


Tilly Pollock 2005
30" X 29" discarded window
$190

SOLD

Venus Envy



Venus Envy
2005


11" X 34.5"
Reverse painted window
$380

Pollock should've called a Taxi

Monster Cookie




Monster Cookie
2005


approx. 33" diameter
painted metal wall sculpture
$320



All materials used in the piece were salvaged.

June Cleaver was a Babe



June Cleaver was a babe,
2000


24"X36" Enamel paint on aluminum
SOLD

Buffett Bob

Mr. Boil

WIRE NUTZ

S&M coat RACK






coat RACK
2005

34"X80"
Functional coat rack
$400

SOLD