After the Goldrush - Curated by Ridley Howard & Mitchell Wright - May 2009

Added on by Mitchell Wright.

In the tradition of artist run spaces and apartment shows, 106 Green
will open its inaugural exhibition, After the Gold Rush, on May 16th.
The opening reception will be from 5-8 pm, with an after party
performance by Parlor Grand at Coco 66 in Greenpoint.

 Originally inspired by an apocalyptic screenplay by artist and actor
Dean Stockwell, After the Gold Rush, Neil Young’s third solo effort,
is an epic record encompassing love, loss, social critique, and a
tragic American landscape.  Most of the album was recorded in Young’s
make-shift basement studio during the spring of 1970, in the late days
of the Vietnam war and the dawn of a decade of economic tumult.  The
songs shift in theme and musical genre, and depict visions from the
medieval to the extraterrestrial in service of what appears to be an
apocalyptic end, but with a hint of redemptive optimism. The album was
met with lukewarm reviews. Rolling Stone then dismissed as ‘dull’ what
it now calls a ‘masterpiece’.

 While none of the work in this exhibition is based on Mr. Young’s
music, perhaps it reflects something of its spirit. With varying
strategies and media, the artists offer meditations ranging from the
interpersonal to the epic; most capturing a north American angst that
is both interwoven with the past and undeniably contemporary. Much of
the work depicts a sort of cosmic spirituality where urban, rural,
interior, and technological landscapes merge; and at its core offers a
challenge and possible alternatives (however small) to the excesses of
the Bush era boom.

After the Goldrush

  Nellie Bridge                                  Jim Lee

  Holly Coulis                                   Gina Magid

  Justin Craun                                   Adrian Meraz

  Mamie Holst                                  Aaron Spangler

  Brad Kahlhamer                             Anke Weyer

  Alisha Kerlin

* with hand painted exhibition poster by Tom Sanford