Top: John Kilduff, Jazz Hands, 2014, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in. Bottom: Ruby Ray, DeeDee Wilkinson at Broadway Hotel”, black and white photograph, 19 x 13 in., illustrated "From the Edge of the World: California Punk", 1977-81 (Superior Viaduct, 2013).
Very Good Plus (VG+) John Kilduff
A Record is a Record (Superior Viaduct Pop-Up Shop)
March 1 - April 12 Opening Reception Saturday, March 1st 6-9 pm
John Kilduff, the host of Let's Paint TV, a cult television show based in Los Angeles, will bring his carnival aesthetic and delightful, sludgy paintings to Steven Wolf Fine Arts for a blow-out exhibition and opening night performance. The multi-talented artist makes abject representational works drenched in absurdity and pathos live on his show while running on a treadmill, mixing drinks and taking calls from the audience. Sounds goofy? Kilduff is one of the few people with an MFA who you might still call an outsider artist. For his project at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Kilduff will create his own record store with low-fi translations of well-known album covers and cardboard representations of record-store paraphernalia. We can promise you a Yellow Submarine mobile hanging from the ceiling, a painting of jazz hands and a very strange disco ball. KIlduff has opened for Neil Hamburger and other comedians. His work is in the collections of Hugh Hefner and Bob Dylan.
Superior Viaduct is a San Francisco based record label that focuses on curated reissues of art-punk, free jazz, and 20th century experimental music. Releases include The Residents, Glenn Branca, DEVO, soundtracks to Andrei Tarkovsky's films, and Fluxus artist Henry Flynt — several were featured as Top Archival Releases of 2013 by The Wire and Fact magazine. During the run of the show, Superior Viaduct will present the following events and live performances at Steven Wolf Fine Arts:
Saturday, March 1st (6-9pm) - Opening reception, screening six films from 1966-69 by Phill Niblock (Morning, The Magic Sun, Dog Track, Annie, Max, and Raoul)
Saturday, March 8th (1-5pm) - Record swap co-sponsored by Stranded Music (Oakland) and Explorist International (San Francisco)
Saturday, March 15th (6-8pm) - Live performance by Roscoe Mitchell (The Art Ensemble of Chicago)
Saturday, March 22nd (6-8pm) - Live performance by Bill Orcutt (Harry Pussy)
Saturday, March 29th (6-9pm) - Special live performance to be announce