Coming to 45 Space in
By Blurt Staff
Robert Pollard will have an exhibit of his collages on
display at NYC’s The 45 Space on August 27 and 28 – it’s dubbed “The Public
Hi-Fi Balloon: Robert Pollard, Scrap-Builder of Imagery.”
The artist and Guided By Voices frontman created most of the
works for this show in the past six months. “I’ve been working long hours
daily getting ready for this show, he says. “It’s going to be
Among the works on display will be more than 60 imaginary record sleeves, as
well as dreamed-up magazines and coffee table books. “You can see Duchamp
in Pollard”s collages, as well as the influence of the painterly spaces of
De Chirico and Yves Tanguy,” the novelist Rick Moody wrote in the
introduction to Town of Mirrors: The
Reassembled Imagery of Robert Pollard, a 2008 collection of Pollard’s
collages published by Fantagraphics Books. Moody also noted “a residual
pulse in the images of the swinging sixties, not the flowers-in-their-hair
iteration, but the dark bad-acid psychedelia of that low, dishonest
Most people know that Pollard created the cover art for the majority of Guided
by Voices releases, not to mention those of his many other musical projects.
The cover collage for Guided by Voices’ 1997 album Mag Earwhig was displayed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Pollard’s music and his visual art are unified at a fundamental level.
“They both have to do with re-assembling familiar imagery to create
interesting landscapes,” he says. “One with sight, the other with
Pollard was introduced to the New
York art world in 2007, when visual artist Todd
DiCiurcio and actor Michael Imperioli co-hosted “Do the Collage,” a
show that included the original art for several classic Guided by Voices album
covers. DiCiurcio will co-host “The Public Hi-Fi Balloon” with Vanity
Fair executive online editor Michael Hogan.
The 45 Space is located at 45 Bond
Street (between Lafayette Street and the Bowery) in Manhattan. Opening night
is Friday, August 27, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The exhibit will also be open to
visitors on Saturday, August 28, from 2 p.m. until 11 p.m.