“It’s all a joke,” he explains.
Indeed, the Wrong Again Gallery is a joke based on a joke. The gallery is essentially a door to dead space outside of Myatt’s studio on Marshall. It is inspired by the Wrong Gallery, an artspace and art project in the Chelsea Art District in New York from 2002 to 2005 that was nothing more than a door. (One of its artworks was a “closed” sign.)
Myatt had been wanting to do something similar with his own door to nowhere and its two inches of floor space, and when the Houston-based Art Guys had a show nearby, he decided to make it happen. The resulting show, “The Meronomic Antinomy of the Trans-Finite Realm (She’s a Brick House),” set the tone. The Art Guys had written down March for the show date when it was really May. Then the date was set for April Fool’s Day with the season to run through Halloween. Because of the date mix-up, the artists would attend the opening via Skype, now standard for all Wrong Again openings.
As to the crowd mingling with the artist on Skype, how does that work? “It doesn’t,” says Myatt, with a laugh, listing all the things that have gone awry, from flat-out no-shows and cellphone malfunctions to the one artist who appeared promptly and then slid out of view too drunk to continue.
At Friday’s opening, Reed will be showing Black Mountain, a multimedia work of graphite black paper, colored paper, and wood. It shows a mountain with flags at the top representing “superheroes” of folk art, including Howard Finster, Joe Yoakum, Sam Smith, and Daniel Johnston. From the artist’s statement: “Black Mountain is a tribute to those who do it wrong.”