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Get Loud!: An Exclusive Interview with Punk Rock Legend Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains

Get Loud!: An Exclusive Interview with Punk Rock Legend Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains

Darryl Jenifer doesn’t do many interviews; while his basslines boom and his image echoes throughout the art world, the man himself is soft spoken and private.

For the Echo Sixty6 Get Loud! interview series, we speak to the bassist for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-nominated Bad Brains, solo artist, accomplished producer, painter, clothing designer and American cultural icon about his past, present and future; his take on the music industry, and his role in it; his favorite artists; his advice for aspiring musicians; and more.

Get Loud!: An Exclusive Interview with Fine Artist and Curator Jen Williams Dragon

Get Loud!: An Exclusive Interview with Fine Artist and Curator Jen Williams Dragon

Jen Dragon is the artist-turned-curator who directs Cross Contemporary Art, a fine-arts organization currently operating in tandem with 11 Jane St., an installation and performance arts center in Saugerties, NY. A well-known figure in the fine art world, Jen has been teaching, curating and promoting art in the Hudson Valley since 1984, and in the last five years she has curated more than 58 exhibitions, exhibited nearly 90 fine artists, presented three Saugerties sculpture festivals, and installed 945+ artworks.

In this edition of our exclusive interview series, Get Loud!, we speak with Jen about the current state of the fine art market, the lessons she’s learned in her years in the industry, and what it means to be a female business owner in today’s still-male-dominated society. She also outlines how she uses marketing and social media to expand her reach, and that of the artists she represents.

Obsessions: Yayio Kusama

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Obsessions: Yayio Kusama

If I was in Las Vegas the first stop I would make is the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art to experience two installations by Japanese artist, Yayio Kusama: Infinity Mirrored Room – Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity and Narcissus Garden.

“Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity,” created in 2009, represents the eternal cycle of life over the span of just under a minute. The space represents Kusama's lifelong obsession with the dissolution of the self into the infinite.

According to the wall text, for Kusama, obliteration is a reflection on the experience of death and the potential of the afterlife.” In this case, Kusama was inspired by the tradition of toro nagashi, a ceremony to guide ancestral spirits back to their resting places on the last night of summer by floating paper lanterns down a river. As the lights fade and you find yourself surrounded by darkness, it’s not hard to relate to the artist’s spiritual vision.The experience takes place in an enclosed room made of a 13.5-foot cube, plated with mirrors on all sides. A narrow catwalk extends towards the center, allowing visitors to move through the lights into the center of the cube where 1-2 people are allowed to walk through at a time.

“Narcissus Garden,” features 750 silver spheres that form a lake on the gallery floor. A winding path invites visitors to stroll through the space and consider the distorted reflections staring back at them.

Having garnered international acclaim for her immersive infinity mirrored rooms, Kusama’s inspiration draws from a difficult childhood, according to “Love Forever: Yayoi Kusama 1958-1968,” published in conjunction with The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit of the same name. At age 6, she began experiencing traumatic hallucinations of being consumed by dots and nets. At age 10, she started to channel those visions into paint. Though her mother tried earnestly to stifle her daughter’s interest in art, she moved to New York in 1958, where she created her first infinity mirrored room, “Phalli’s Field.”

Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
November 17, 2018 – June 30, 2019
Gallery Hours 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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