Art opening and music Saturday at Intercambio in New Haven
756 Chapel St., New Haven
Knife Thrower: Works by Dan Greene
May 12—June 15, 2012.
Reception for the artists: Sat., May 12, 7—11 p.m.
Beginning May 12 through June 15, InterCambio presents Knife Thrower: Works by Dan Greene. On cardboard, found wood, and furniture scrap, Knife Thrower illustrates scenes from an unfinished epic poem by the artist.
Knife Thrower depicts chapters from the third and fourth parts of Dan Greene's epic poem called "The Monastery of the Heavenly Forest." He works backwards, using the images to envision the story he will write, essentially creating a literary storyboard. The protagonists (the Nun Dressed in Black and the Skyscraper Worker) attempt to cross the moat and drawbridge in order to enter the Blue Fort and access the apple orchard within. They meet various ends; sometimes they end up in the hospital, sometimes they reach the orchard, and sometimes they are decapitated or burned at the stake, but they persist in spite of the Knife Throwers and the other guardians of the orchard.
Dan Greene has been a teacher of all subjects for 15 years in New Haven, Connecticut. He has released dozens of singles and albums with The Butterflies of Love and The Mountain Movers. He has also edited the annual poetry journal for the Community Partners in Action (CPA) Prison Arts Program. Dan is a self-taught artist who did not begin drawing or making art until 1995 when he became inspired to illustrate "The Monastery of the Heavenly Forest." All of his work still references that same unfinished epic. He holds an M.A.R. (1995) from the Yale Divinity School.
Knife Thrower represents a selection of works from Greene's personal collection, many of which remain unpublished. Knife Thrower is curated by Ephemeroptera, a New Haven small press producing micro-edition, multimedia publications, and presented by InterCambio, a New Haven arts non-profit dedicated to facilitating multimedia, cross-disciplinary collaboration, with support from Project Storefronts. Project Storefronts is produced by New Haven's Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism and supported by the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven & New Haven Office of Economic Development.
The official opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Saturday May 12, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring a performance by The Mountain Movers and a DJ set by Jahoctopus. A number of experimental musical performances will take place at InterCambio throughout Knife Thrower. Copies of the Knife Thrower catalogue will be available for purchase in InterCambio's shop.