It's been a while since we had a rock n' roll celebrity in the gallery for an exhibition. As a matter of fact, although we have had shows for photographers/artists who have taken photos of rock stars, we have not actually featured the rock star as artist! As of August 2nd, that is about to change. And what better time to kick off one of the most important music festivals in the country than Lollapalooza!
We are excited to introduce the paintings and collages of a former member of one of my favorite rock groups of the 70's and 80's, JOURNEY. Robert Fleischman, lead singer and songwriter, penned the lyrics for some of the most recognizable songs of the 70's, "Wheel in the Sky" along with "Anytime" and "Winds of March" on the multi-platinum Infinity album.
The best part of showing Robert's work is that he was actually an artist before he became a rock star. We often find that artists are multi-dimensional in their talents to express, create and take our breath away in ways we don't expect. "World in My Eyes" is just that, a poetic vision of the world that takes a journey into a myriad of places, from sun, sky, stars and constellations to figures that are flying into space or falling out of space; to the symbolism of fruit, birds, dancers and whatnot all reaching for something. My favorite part is the reaching. What is there in life but to continue to stretch ourselves, to aspire to, to jump or fall into our lives. Robert's characters are all going or returning from somewhere. Past, present, future? Who is to tell?
With a gentle and introspective presence, his work shows a strength that makes me want to write odes to the oranges and apples in his artfully composed images created on his smartphone. Yes, I said SMARTPHONE! Many of the images were fashioned on that magical, mystical communication device that many of us have become addicted to. How? Don't ask me. You can ask Robert on Wednesday evening when he debuts his works at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary.
Until then, I will be listening to "Wheel in the Sky" and "Winds of March" looking forward to hearing more about his voyage from Chicago (yes, that is where they found him) to the world. And what a world he lays before us. It's all in the music of his eyes...
WORLD IN MY EYES
Opening Wednesday, August 2nd