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Cranky Show Workshop with Sam Bartlett

Gordon Art Galleries
James A. Hixon Art Studio, 2005
Thursday, Feb 2, 2023 at 12:30 PM (ET)

Cranky Show Workshop

Sam Bartlett will lead a group in making a cranky show. A cranky show is: a VERY long drawing done on a spool of paper that tells a story. Once the drawing is completed, it is rolled up and put it into a cranky box theater. The drawing is then “cranked” or scrolled from one dowel to another, displaying the panorama of the story to an audience, one scene at a time. A cranky is typically narrated and accompanied by music and sound effects.

Sam Bartlett: Low Stakes, Plywood Cutouts & Everyday Comix
On View Feb. 3 - May 6, 2023
Opening Reception Feb. 2, 6 - 8 p.m.

Gordon Art Galleries

Sam Bartlett is an American folk artist, public-art instigator, cartoonist, performer, musician, and composer. 

As an artist, Sam specializes in painting and cutting sculptures from salvaged wood. He derives inspiration from the naturally low stakes involved in using free materials. 

Sam does virtually no planning or sketching for his artwork, preferring to try to harness the energy of a first take. Common themes in his work include complex physical relationships between people, things on top of other things, things being bitten and eaten, old-time and Irish music communities, and mortality. He has been strongly influenced by artists Peter Schumann, Howard Finster, and Gustav Vigeland.

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