Paul Henry's to host Funkytown exhibit, punk show

Paul Henry's Art Gallery in downtown Hammond is shown.

Paul Henry's Art Gallery, the 19th century hardware store in downtown Hammond that's been converted into an art gallery and performance space, will display Charles Rolwing's Funkytown exhibit.

An opening reception will take place between 2 and 9 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 416 Sibley St.

"A broad representation of Rolwing's work will be on display, giving each visitor a thorough introduction to the art of one of the most dramatic, unique and original artists in our midst," Paul Henry's Art Gallery said in a news release. "The artist typically produces large, forceful canvases, filled with symbols and curious figures that seemingly drift in loose association with one another. Rolwing will assemble and then rework these images, investigating a narrative between them, searching through chaos and turbulence for the random continuum of human existence until a connected footprint of that experience is revealed."

Rolwing, who studied at the University of Louisville and Ohio University, has been in the Chicago art scene since the 1980s, working mainly with oils on canvas.

"Every painting is a journey, a struggle between thought and physical action, allowing the element of chaos to enter, oftentimes appearing as self portraits of the artist as a disembodied head in the form of an African mask, bobble-head doll, clown, stoic or even Mickey Mouse, all in a shifting, sometimes sightless search to find a grasp in the mayhem," Paul Henry's Art Gallery said in the news release. "Rolwing's overfed surfaces of texture and color, worked and reworked, scream with lips tightly shut to reach the viewer, sorting through the detritus of popular culture to find a place between intellect and accidental discovery which expose meanings that recall elements of Phillip Guston, Andy Warhol, George Baselitz and Lucien Freud, among others. 'Funkytown' becomes 'Everytown' as the artist urges the viewer to read the figures and symbols into individual history, a walk in an upside down world as distracting as it is familiar to our days and our times."

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"Funkytown" will be displayed through April. 

Paul Henry's, known for its Thursday night acoustic jams, also will host a punk rock show at 6 p.m. March 18 to benefit the Haven House, a 24-hour emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their dependents. Accela, Molcajete, Cyber Pink, Flamingos and Grool Brothers will perform at the show, which costs $6.

Proceeds go to charity, and attendees also can donates supplies such as paper towels, liquid handsoap, bleach, trash bags and light bulbs.

Paul Henry's is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, call 219-678-5015 or visit paulhenrysartgallery.com/.


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