“THE SUCCESS OF EXCESS”
Opening Reception: SAT. FEB 13, 7:30-10pm
Glama-Rama is honored to welcome Legendary San Francisco artist Bill Bowers, progenitor of the Funk-and-Flash fashion and art movement, with his new show “The Success of Excess“. The show runs from Feb 9th through Mar 20th with an opening party on Sat. Feb 13th from 7:30-10:30pm. This is a free event!
Mr. Bowers designs rock-and-roll art clothing, and formerly dressed the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, New York Dolls, and Alice Cooper – always in psychedelic garments adorned with found imagery, sometimes cash money and even taxidermy rats. Norma Kamali, Betsy Johnson, and Fiorucci all featured his work in the 1970s, as did New York stores Bonwitt Teller, Bergdorf-Goodman, and Granny Takes a Trip. L’Uomo Vogue staged – at Andy Warhol’s Factory, no less – a photo shoot of Bowers’ fashions for a six-page feature, for its March 1973 edition. Playboy featured one of Mr. Bowers cartoon-inspired jackets in its 20th-anniversary edition, in January 1974.
Mr. Bowers began his illustrious career performing with the Cockettes, that notorious San Francisco drag theater troupe, with whom he traveled to New York, immediately making a name for himself in fashion. In step with the times, he returned to San Francisco to turn on, tune in, and drop out, and join the Angels of Light, that other great underground theatre group at the forefront of psychedelic gay liberation.
Mr. Bowers now principally makes art jackets. His instantly recognizable style combines found imagery documenting a particular theme – such as Ana Nicole Smith’s death, Hurricane Katrina, or the falling of the Twin Towers on 9-11. These images he surrounds with many-colored beads, vivid swatches of fabric and leather, plus bits of ephemera encased beneath clear plastic.
The Oakland Museum owns three of Mr. Bowers jackets (Baby Doll, Voo Doo, and Leather – the latter currently on display in the main gallery); and the 9-11 Museum in New York City owns Mr. Bowers Twin Towers jacket. Mr. Bowers currently designs costumes for Thrillpeddlers, the San Francisco theater troupe; and in 2015, he received a Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Costumes. A biography of his life and work, The Success of Excess (Averkieff, Edition One Books, 2015), has just been released and is available from the artist or at Glama-Rama during the show’s run.
About the artist:
Kara Nelson is an artist living and working in the Bay Area. She uses her own trash to collage images of landscapes and make small-scale, abstract, and sometimes functional sculptures. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in galleries, and exhibitions in private homes.
Glama-Rama Salon & Art Gallery is excited to announce the return of our staff art show. The show, the third put on by the staff, will feature stained and art glass, painting, drawing, photography, and jewelry.
Artists featured in the show include the following staff members:
Jennifer Hofmann (Stylist) – Stained & Art Glass
Deena Conway-Davenport (Stylist / Proprietress) – Photography
Gunner Conway-Davenport (Barber) – Painting
Dottie Lux (Reception)- Painting & Drawings
Lady Nigel Butterfly (Reception) – Jewelry
Tina Sogliuzzo (Reception) – Letterpress Art
Leigh Crow (Special Projects) – Drawings
Opening Reception on SAT. JAN 9th begins at 7:30pm and ends at 10pm. Join the party for beverages, snacks, and art made by us! DJ ROB COONS spins too! This is a free event.
We’re thrilled to welcome painter, CARL LINKHART and his new show, “The Vault of Broken Dreams”, his latest visionary dream worlds in watercolor plus a selection of previous paintings, all based on actual dreams.
The opening reception will feature a special live performance by the artist himself as “Carl With Records”. There will be beverages and light snacks. This is a FREE event.
Carl Linkhart was born in Oklahoma in 1950 and has been painting from his dreams since 1970 .He lived in Tuscon Arizona from 1957 to 1969.He has been a Oakland resident since 1992 .He studied art independently but is largely self taught and was influenced by his travels in Austria ,Greece , India, Nepal, Burma, and Mexico, as well as by memories of Arizona. Writing, film, music and theatre have been his other pursuits. His film Weekend Zombie Nurses was shown at the S.F. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in 1985. However because of the Other worlds it can create, his main love is painting . He was especially inspired by trips to Southeast Asia and India from 1972 on, living in Thailand for all of 1972 . He studied art at Yuba City collage as well as Fort Mason in San Francisco where he moved in 1973 . He was with The Angels of Light , the early Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence , and other theatrical groups and now continues to perform as a cabaret singer and composer as Carl with Records .Since his dreams have always been vivid, colorful, and thought provoking, he took to exploring them on canvas with acrylic in 1970. After developing his style for nearly thirty years, his friends, Burl Willes and Cass Brayton and others helped Carl produce his book, Suspense Above the Pool in 1998, featuring 40 paintings with text. an intriguing journey through his personal, yet universal dream world. He showed art at various galleries such as The Georgi and The Cache. In 2004 and in 2005 he studied the Misch technique in Austria and Germany under Phillip Rubinov Jacobson and began to paint using oil and egg tempera still exploring his personal dream world. In 2008 he began numerous works on paper with oil and mixed media. He is now working on a songbook of his original songs and continues to paint almost daily.
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Glama-Rama Salon & Gallery is proud to welcome San Francisco artist, Denise Laws and her show, “In A Material World” featuring pieces from her Mylar Reveries and Hair Color Theory Series. It’s been 13 years since Denise’s last solo show at our gallery and we are thrilled to have her beautifully textured vision grace our walls.
Join us for the artist reception on Sat. Sept. 5th. Drinks and light snacks provided. This is a free event.
Artist Statement: My artistic practice is rooted in collage, abstraction, assemblage and the transformation of unconventional materials. I refashion what has been discarded, thereby revealing its beauty, as a means of commenting on the disposability of our culture: what we consume, wear, and acquire will ultimately be abandoned. Through the investigation of mundane, commonplace materials, and by allowing their properties to drive the outcome, I seek to expand the possibilities of what is accepted as art.
July 14 – August 30, 2015
Opening Reception Sat. July 18, 7:30-10:30pm
GLAMA‐RAMA Salon and Gallery is excited to welcome to our walls, BlingAdelik, a collaboration between painter John Benko and jewelry designer T-Dub.
The opening reception on Sat. July 18, from 7:30-10:30pm will feature light snacks, beverages and fab art! This is a FREE event.
BlingAdelik is the collaboration of artists putting their skills together to create works of contemporary art. San Francisco painter John Benko works with various mediums, specializing in stylized line work and all things psychedelic. T-Dub’s Bling and “recykled” jewelry adds a whole new dimension, transcending boundaries every time. They are currently accepting commissions for custom pieces.
Sat. Feb. 21, 7-10pm
We’re so excited to welcome back to our walls, painter Adam Ansell and his show, Oomph. The daring paintings of Adam J. Ansell take the viewer into a bizarre and bold-colored world that may be identifiable, yet not the same for each person. Adam’s edgy high fashion paintings are filled with contradictions: rugged and delicate, improvisational and meditational, spontaneous and labored, stark and festive. This show will mark Adam’s long-awaited return to Glama-Rama and his first show at our Valencia St. location.
Please join us at the opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 21st, from 7-10pm. Beverages and snacks provided.
This is a free event.
Fri. Jan. 9, 7-10pm
Join us as we welcome back to our walls, painter/collage artist, danyol and his new show, “It’s Only Rock & Roll, But I Like It”. Memories of danyol’s childhood inform his latest show where much time was spent playing dress-up with stuffed animals in his mother’s closet while listening to his sister’s record collection.
San Francisco artist Danyol was born in 1970 in Orange County, California just a stone’s throw away from Disneyland. Growing up near the iconic theme park, he nourished himself on a steady diet of pop art, cubism, and a dose of sarcasm. His mission is to bring part of his everyday life into his art to show that there is beauty in the mundane, harmony in the abstract, and power in the inspiration.
We’re very excited to welcome to our walls, EDEN HUTCHINSON and his new show, “HARD WORKING: Bitter Waitresses, Hair-Brained Hairdressers & Whirling Dervishes”. His work centers on gender roles and classicism infused with a sense of humor done in brush and ink with watercolor.
The opening reception on Fri. Nov. 14, from 7-10pm will feature light snacks, beverages and fab art! This is a FREE event.
Having drawn since the age of four, Hutchinson was strongly influenced by caricaturist, Al Hirschfield, grandfather of pop art, Richard Lindner, and designer and illustrator, Erte. After majoring in printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art, he moved to San Francisco to pursue a childhood dream of being a beautiful, Candy Darling-esque drag queen. After 12 years, he decided to try something new and relocated to Big Sur to work as a baker and escape the insanity and soullessness of modern tech culture. This environment has already been a boon to his creativity as the upcoming collection of work will show.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA‐ Sept. 15th, 2014 – GLAMA‐RAMA Salon and Gallery is excited to announce an exhibition of new and selected works by critically acclaimed mosaic artist, JASON MECIER.
Pop Artist Jason Mecier creates one of a kind outrageous mosaic portraits. He meticulously fabricates anybody out of anything, from Kevin Bacon out of bacon, to Honey Boo Boo out of 25 lbs. of trash. Jason’s artwork has been featured everywhere from Entertainment Weekly to The New York Times, on TV shows like Glee, Rachael Ray and TMZ, as well as music videos by Pink and Pitbull. His portraits are hanging in Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museums, countless celebrity homes, and even in The Playboy Mansion!
Check out more of Jason’s work here: