92 Events at the Lyman Allyn Museum

Ken Friedman Installation

Ken Friedman: 92 Events

Through January 16 

The show I enjoyed the most this December is  a roomful of proclaimed activities, framed. 

The Lyman Allyn Museum always dedicates its ground floor room closes to its entrance to a local artist. 

Friedman was born in New London, Connecticut in 1949 thus the show. 

Friedman joined Fluxus in 1966 as the youngest member of the classic Fluxus group. 

Sadly, without a lot of explanation I know this will probably be lost on many museum visitors. I appreciate the prank backbone of their intent, their attempt to change course in the art world, which didn’t hold, of course. 

If helpful, here is the original Fluxus manifesto. 

Fluxus Manifesto

image courtesy of ‘The Eve of Fluxus’ by Billie Maciunas

More Ken Friedman.

**Instructions for making a nuisance of yourself.**

 Fast Food Event

Go into a fast food restaurant.

Order one example

of every item on the menu.

Line everything up

in a row on the table.

Eat the items one at a time,

starting at one end of the row

and moving systematically

from each to the next.

Finish each item before

moving on to the next.

Eat rapidly and methodically

until all the food is finished.

Eat as fast as possible

without eating too fast.

Eat neatly.

Do not make a mess.

1964

Ken Friedman Install

Color Cure at AVS Gallery

Color Cure

It was one of those stormy New England days that knocks you sideways I traveled across The Gold Star bridge to Groton’s von Schlippe Gallery (UConn at Avery Point) gallery to get a much needed pick me up.

Color Cure is indeed that, an exhibit consisting of bold abstract color, a group show consisting of five strong painters that I have now been introduced to including Cat Balco, Olivia Baldwin, Alyse Rosner, Leslie Roberts and Deborah Zlotsky.

Painting show is somewhat a misnomer as there is also a fantastic digital piece that makes my heart swoon as well:

 

The Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of the Branford House overlooking the sound,
is open Thurs-Sun. 12-4pm.
Color Cure dates 11/11-12/12.

 

Getting the Band Back Together

Well not really, but “getting the blog back together” is the plan.  It is my sincerest hope I come back here more often. We promised ourselves we’d retool the website this summer, with a deadline of Labor Day, and here I am squeaking in by the skin of my teeth: artwork finally updated, and a work in progress I started when I moved here has been posted, titled Chapbook . There is still much backfill to coordinate, pieces of writing that have languished or need to be fluffed up. All that being said, ‘Happy Labor Day‘ to you.