Friday, July 27, 2012

A Wrong So Right Re. the Wrong Again Gallery

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Tom Reeds Black Mountain
  • Tom Reed's Black Mountain

In this week's "We Recommend" section I wrote up the opening for Tom Reed's Black Mountain at the Wrong Again Gallery, noting that the gallery's openings "have been marked by misunderstandings, technical glitches, outright drunkenness, and odd happenstance."

And now, friends, it seems I've become a part of the lore of this cheeky gallery — it's just a door! — having mistakenly placed it inside Marshall Arts, rather than across the street at 648 Marshall.

I found this out when artist and Wrong Again founder Greely Myatt emailed me yesterday morning.

Myatt's reaction?

First, he kindly thanked for the piece and then mentioned the error.

Of course, I apologized and told him I would make the correction online asap.

And Myatt's reaction to that?

"No don't fix it! Wrong again and it is right across the street, so it's perfect! Love it!"

I've never been so praised for an error.

In any case, Reed's Black Mountain is a drawing in honor of the "superheroes" of folk art.

The artist's statement:

Black Mountain is a tribute to those who do it wrong …

A tribute to the earthly wonders that have been created by folks out of anything they could find.

It is a shoddy little mountain made of wood and nails. The flags atop its peak are each a tribute to the greats, the super heroes of folk art: Howard Finster, Sam Smith, Joe Yoakum, Adolf Wolfli, Martin Ramirez, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Henry Darger, and Daniel Johnston.

Each of whom in a very personal and persistent way made their own mountain.

Making is beautiful.

So check it out. But don't go to Marshall Arts. Wrong Again Gallery is across the street. It's across the street.

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