Currently at the Emporium
March 4-April 30
The Welsh-born Langford has been a resident of Chicago, Illinois since the mid 1990s. He was a founding member of art-collective the Mekons, one of the longest-running and most prolific bands from the first wave of British punk. The band started while Langford and other members were in art school at Leeds University, Leeds, England. The Mekons have released 20 albums since 1979, and the band is featured in a 2014 documentary, Revenge of the Mekons, directed by Joe Angio. The Mekons’ most recent album is a book-and-CD package called Existentialism. Langford records and performs as Jon Langford and Skull Orchard, and is a member of the Waco Brothers and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts (in Chicago) and Jon Langford’s Men of Gwent and The Three Johns (England and Wales). His most recent project is Bad Luck Jonathan.
Besides music, Langford is a respected visual artist known for his striking icon-portraits of legendary country music stars and other musicians, including Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash. He also creates song-paintings, which intertwine with and accompany his music. Langford’s punk rock instincts and unparalleled draftsmanship come together in a painting style that is distinctive, engaging, and challenging.
An exhibit of Langford’s paintings is scheduled for the Emporium Wines/Underdog Café, 233 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs from March 4th-April 30th. There will be an opening on March 4 from 3pm to 6pm, including a talk about his art and a short teaser-performance of songs.
Celebration: The Paintings of Ira Beryl Brukner
January 7th – February 28th 2017
This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Ira Bery Bruckner. Ira was a poet first with several published collections of his work, including Hubba Hubba, Questions, Short Poems, Water and Air and What Deals Have You Made with Your Dreams, which he often performed with musicians. He shifted to painting in his later years. He was self-taught, often exclaiming, “I don’t know where it comes from. The work is just pouring out of me!” He held a BA from Hebrew University and an MA from Bread Loaf School of English.
Ira Beryl Brukner was born November 27, 1948, in Jacksonville, FL and died on November 11, 2015. He was a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem and received a MA from Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury, Vermont.
Ira was a charismatic poet with numerous published collections and taught poetry in the schools. Giving readings in the US, Holland and Germany, he often collaborated with accomplished jazz musicians. Ira’s longest poem, Questions, was a collection of 1,000 questions, which he read from a scroll while wearing a tie made out of fliptops by the artist Fliptop:
Are you happy
Do you talk outloud in public
Do you like what you are doing
Have you wanted to cry for a long time
Are there good bosses and just wars
Do pep talks depress you and vice versa
Are you floating on a wine dark sea
…………(and ends with)
is an idea no thing
is love beyond good and evil
have you seen a white lion or a yellow moon
can you shout the ineffable
what deals have you made with your dreams
Ira was also an accomplished self-taught painter who began painting later in life. He was ecstatic when painting, often commenting, ”I don’t know where this is coming from!! It is just coming through me!” He displayed his work in galleries in Ohio and was included in a traveling art show of “outsider art” in Ohio and Kentucky.
Ira had a huge effect on the lives of many in his zest for life. He loved to strike up conversations with people on the street wherever he lived-New York City, Amsterdam, Ithaca, NY. His humor was whimsical and ironic. Ira loved all of the arts while keeping a close watch on political events. In Yellow Springs, he was part of the supportive community of artists.
Ira was preceded in death by his parents Ruth Davis Waxman and Irving Brukner. He is survived by his son Raphael Walsh Brukner; former wife Jill Becker; sister and her husband, Elaine Brukner Winer and Sanford Winer; nephew and his wife, Art Winer and Mallory McCreary; niece and her husband, Barbara Winer and Scott Schenberg; and great niece, Simone Winer.
He will remain in our hearts and memories. To celebrate his life, a poetry reading of his poems and paintings will be held on Saturday, February 4th from 3:00-6:00 at the Emporium.
Gary Birch New Works
October 22nd-January 1 2017
Gary Birch lives in Milford Ohio where he paints and does conservation and restoration of antiques and art. He started painting regularly in 2011 when he rented a studio in the school house in Yellow Springs. His work is influenced by 20th-century industry and popular art and the arts of the world’s indigenous cultures.
“My work has no message. It is a found experience that alters my vision. The alteration makes the world vivid. Discovery is the energy of working. They are synergistic.
Michael Casselli presents: from the collection of…….
April 16th – June 12, 2016
For this exhibition the participants were asked to contribute two objects; one, a piece of artwork, made by someone besides themselves, and two, a memento or tchotchke. Both objects must be something they live on a day to day basis. Each person was asked to supply an artist label for each grouping of objects, supplying the name, dimension, material and date of acquisition along with a short description of the meaning that each object has in their life. These objects and words allowed the viewer to experience the personal nature of “collecting” and the importance that objects play in all of our lives.
February 13 – April 10, 2016
Bruce has taken his skills and talents he has refined as a contractor and has created a variety of custom made furniture and art pieces that are artistic, functional, whimsical, and re-purposed.