Friday, September 25, 2009

GOBBER in group exhibit with RUSCHA, NAUMAN, and more...


Word, 2009
Found letters, enamel and tape, 36 x 118 x 3 inches

In a group exhibition drawing on themes of the text-based conceptual art movement begun in the late 1960's, 'Word' at William Shearburn Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri, opens tonight, Friday 25, 6-8pm, and features work by Marty Walker Gallery artist Archie Scott Gobber, alongside Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, Joseph Havel, Jenny Holzer, Mel Bochner, Whiting Tennis, Suzanne McClelland, Matt Mullican, Glenn Ligon, David Buckingham, Graham Dolphin, Reuben Lorch-Miller, Craig Norton, Ligorano/Reese, John Tinker, and Toadhouse. This line-up guarantees a great show, so check it out! -the exhibition runs through November 14, 2009.

For information on additional available work by Archie Scott Gobber, or Ed Ruscha's suite of prints 'Country Cityscapes' please contact Marty Walker Gallery.



Country Cityscapes: Be Careful Else We Be Bangin On You, You Hear, 2009
4-color photogravure with screenprinted text

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

SARAH WILLIAMS solo exhibit debuts new gallery remodel


September 12 - October 10, 2009


Macon, 2009
oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Marty Walker Gallery is pleased to debut the newly remodeled gallery space with a solo show for recent UNT grad Sarah Williams: Night Vision –an exhibition of oil paintings from Williams’ ‘Night Series’.

Williams’ ongoing experiments with place have most recently culminated in the oil on panel Nightscapes series. The artist grapples with the formal aspects of artificial light and atmosphere while seeking conceptually to captivate the viewer with ethereal yet banal locales on the fringes of urbanity.


Friday, September 11, 2009



William Lamson: LONG SHOT

September 12, 2009 - January 2010
The Lot Public Opening: Saturday, September 12th
Pick-up basketball game, The Lot: 2–6PM
(food and drink on site - MAP)

William Lamson has installed basketball backboards and hoops enlarged 2.5 times to the scale of The Lot's 25-foot high rigger poles. The poles define the perimeter of the 90’ x 90’ site and the interior open gravel plaza of about 20’ x 40’. The result is the creation of a miniature basketball court of massive proportions. Artspace will provide basketballs to anyone who wishes to use the court through an exchange program with the gallery. You can use your own balls too - please play an enjoy!

The Lot is an 8,000 square foot pocket park located in downtown New Haven, CT [MAP]. Situated between two highly trafficked streets in the historic and culturally diverse Ninth Square neighborhood, this formerly derelict parking lot was redeveloped in 2005 as a public transit site and green space for communal use. LONG SHOT continues in Artspace’s tradition of expanding opportunities for public art and commitment to community. Lamson’s basketball court will create a function for The Lot's underused space, promoting play, community interactions, and physical exercise; it will also activate an otherwise dormant, unkempt area.

LONG SHOT will complement Lamson's solo exhibition at Artspace in November 2009.

The Lot is located on 812 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT -see map




Talentless, 2008
gouache on vintage board 8 5/8 X 11 in.

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College presents WORD -a group exhibition featuring Archie Scott Gobber, Christopher Leitch, Jim Sajovic. The exhibition opens tonight, Friday, September 11, 2009, from 6-9pm, with artist talks at 7pm.

The use of text is integral to the current work of Kansas City-based artists Archie Scott Gobber, Christopher Leitch and Jim Sajovic. WORD juxtaposes these three artists, highlighting their varying conceptual and visual approaches to the use of written language.

In the digital age, with the complexity of multi-culturism in a global society, what is the future of the visual/verbal in our present-day Tower of Babel? The three Kansas City artists in WORD – Archie Scott Gobber, Christopher Leitch and Jim Sajovic — offer very different and idiosyncratic answers, as WORD demonstrates. But they also share some mportant commonalities. Like the best word/art being created today, their work consciously
acknowledges aspects of art historical precedents, while exemplifying new kinds of ord/artforms that are deeply personal, subtly disturbing and truly unexpected.

Gobber, Leitch and Sajovic have all rejected (hands down) the didacticism and anti-aesthetic stance of a previous generation of conceptualists. Each has insisted that aesthetics have a powerful and unforgettable presence in their work, even as the text holds center court. In their art, the overtly political and remorseless verbal language of the last several decades has given way to paintings and works on paper in which ambiguity and open-endedness rule, and where the viewer is encouraged to not just look but participate. If that proves somewhat destabilizing, so much the better. The “protocols of print” in our new network culture are disintegrating and reassembling in a manner yet tobe fully determined, a fact that this exhibit poetically underscores. -essay by Bruce Hartman, executive director, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Nerman Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about the exhibition, call 913-469-3000 or visit (admission and parking are free). [MAP]

Also, visit Marty Walker Gallery for additional works by Archie Scott Gobber.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


In this video, Wayne White gives a teaser for his installation at Rice University Art Gallery. White also discusses his inspirations for the exhibition and we get a glimpse at the installation in progress. The exhibition at Rice University Art Gallery runs through December 13, 2009. (highly recommended -check it out! -MAP)

For more insight into Wayne White's intricately laced history of ideas, inspiration, and past work, visit these links:
  • GOOD/MAGAZINE interviews Wayne White and discusses his recent monograph "Maybe Now I'll Get The Respect I So Richly Deserve" from Ammo Books (download interview PDF).
  • The Houston Chronicle recently published a very interesting and informative article on Wayne White and the Rice Gallery installation (download PDF article).
  • Browse the Wayne White Youtube playlist, for videos the artist contributed to, including Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Mrs.Cabobbles Caboose, The Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Gabriel, and a Bruce Campbell Old Spice advertisement...
For acquisitions, more information, or to purchase Wayne White's monograph, please contact Marty Walker Gallery. For more Wayne White, look forward to the artist's solo exhibition at Marty Walker Gallery in February.



10 September - 18 October 2009

Opening Celebration, tonight, Thursday September 10, 5-7pm & gallery talk with Wayne White @ 6pm

BIG LECTRIC FAN TO KEEP ME COOL WHILE I SLEEP is a line from legendary country singer George Jones’s song, “Ragged But Right,” which was stuck in Wayne White’s head when he visited Houston in the sweltering month of June. Says White, “I kept thinking of hot Houston nights before air conditioning and the young George Jones in this city – full of crazy artistic passion and making music history.” To honor Jones, White will create at Rice Gallery a fifteen-foot puppet head resembling a young, flat-topped Jones, circa 1950. The massive head will sit sleeping on its side, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling, billboard-style lettering. “It’s a roadside attraction, a museum relic of a lost world, and a big, weird toy still in its box,” explains White.

Over the course of a prolific career in Hollywood and the art world, Wayne White has done it all, from set design and puppetry, to cartooning and illustration, to oil paintings and bronze sculptures. Best known as the three-time Emmy winning creator of many of the puppets in the hit, late-1980s television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, White has done production design and art direction for numerous television shows, advertisements, and music videos, including Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” and The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight.” Most recently, White is known for meticulously painting irreverent and humorous phrases on top of found, thrift-store lithographs depicting romantic, 19th century renditions of pastoral landscapes and seascapes. Dubbed by one journalist “the weirdest landscape painter in America,” White uses master painting techniques to create the illusion of words and phrases surreally disappearing into the horizon or jutting out from each lithograph’s placid settings. Also a sculptor, White has created three-dimensional versions of his dynamic text and large structures with peepholes that viewers can peak into to see miniature, diorama-like worlds created by White. At Rice Gallery, White will bring his work in painting, sculpture, and puppetry together to create his first site-specific installation.

preparatory sketch of George Jones, Wayne White, 2009

About the Artist

Wayne White was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1957. He received a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he staged his first puppet show instead of writing a paper for his art history class. After college, White left Tennessee for New York to concentrate on a career in illustration and cartooning, working many odd jobs, including as a sign painter and as an assistant to artists Art Spiegelman and Red Grooms. In 1985, he built the sets and puppets and performed many of the characters for the Nashville children’s public television show Mrs. Cabobble’s Caboose. One year later he worked on the first season of Pee-wee’s Playhouse, designing and building Randy, Cool Cat, Dirty Dog, Chicky Baby, Roger the monster, Mr. Kite, and Cowntess the cow, and voicing/performing several of these characters.

Over the past eight years, White has worked primarily as a fine artist with solo-exhibitions of his paintings and sculptures in galleries in New York and Los Angeles. In 2006, he created the large-scale sculpture Yer Supposed to Act All Impressed for the plaza of Rockefeller Center as part of the group exhibition Art Rock 2006. A book about his work,
Wayne White: Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve, designed and edited by Todd Oldham, was recently published by AMMO Books, Los Angeles, California. Wayne White lives and works in Los Angeles.

Press release from Rice University Art Gallery, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005.
(713) 348-6069 [MAP]

Friday, September 4, 2009



Tuesday Evenings at the Modern : WAYNE WHITE
-Tuesday, September 8, 7pm @ Fort Worth Modern Art Museum-

Los Angeles-based artist Wayne White begun his career as a production designer for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse ( for which he received three Emmys), White is now recognized for his clever and beautifully rendered text paintings. As a wordsmith and draftsman extraordinaire, White juxtaposes irreverent and humorous phrases over “sofa art” lithographs of landscapes mass-produced in the 1960s and ‘70s to create something all together new and always compelling. Tuesday Evenings focuses on the work featured in the recently published monograph, Maybe Now I’ll Get The Respect I So Richly Deserve, which is a comprehensive view of White’s 30-plus-year career. And mark your calendars for February 2010 -when Marty Walker Gallery presents Wayne White in a new solo exhibition. Opening reception Saturday, Febraury 20; exhibition runs through March 20, 2010.

Tuesday Evenings at the Modern begin at 7 pm in the auditorium. The series brings artists, scholars, and critics to discuss their work each week at the Modern. Admission is free and open to the public. Free admission tickets can be picked up at the Modern’s admission desk beginning at 5 pm on the day of the lecture. Seating begins at 6:30 pm and is limited to the first 250 ticketholders. A live broadcast of the lecture will be shown in Café Modern for any additional guests. During the series the Museum galleries and Café Modern remain open until 7.

(pictured above, WAYNE WHITE's, Tinted Lard, 2009, acrylic on offset lithograph, framed, 18 3/4 x 25 inches)