Artist's reception Thursday, August 18, 6pm
Chris Rosenau will offer a selection of solo guitar music at 7pm
"Aero emerged in a tangle of lines in my sketch book late one evening in 1979. He became the protagonist of two comic books, Aero Into the Aether and Song of an Aeropteryx, published in the early 80s and the subject of a retrospective catalog, Aero Through the Ages, in 2009. A yet unpublished Aero graphic novel, an extension of a portion of that first comic book, Aero Into the Aether, saw completion in 2007. On his own steadfast and independent course, Aero has been the agent of numerous adventures and encounters with artists whose works have been part of my visual imagination for as long as I can recall: George Herriman, Kandinsky, Blake, Robert Fludd, George Carlson, Chic Young, Miró, to name only a few. From Dagwood Bumstead's easy chair, through the backyards of Gasoline Alley, to the barren plains of Coconino County, Aero takes flight, ventures into unexplored worlds, and strides undaunted into the pluriverse of his own imagining. It has been my great pleasure to tag along." (Hal Rammel)
This exhibition of original drawings and cartoons by Hal Rammel surveys 30 years of work, both published and unpublished. Some of these pages and strips appeared in a retrospective catalog published by Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago) in 2009, but much of this show features new work being exhibited here for the first time.
Hal Rammel has been actively involved in the visual arts and music for the past 45 years. In the late 70s and early 80s he published several books of drawings including two Aero comic books. Other drawings and cartoons have been appeared in Cultural Correspondence, The Industrial Worker, The Weavers, Analogon, The Haymarket Scrapbook, and other publications. Since his first one-person show at the Platypus Gallery in Evanston, Illinois in 1983, Hal Rammel has shown work at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Corbett vs. Dempsey, MIAD, the Racine Art Museum, and Audible Gallery.