Michael Eck’s visual representations of seminal American folk, blues and jazz musicians have been featured nationally at venues such as The Lisle Station Museum (Illinois), The Outsiders Art (Connecticut), Inside/Out Gallery (Minnesota), Fairleigh Dickinson University (New
Jersey) and Synagogue for the Arts (New York). Regionally Eck has been a featured artist at Albany Center Galleries, Fulton Street Gallery, Firlefanz Gallery and the Arts Center of the Capital Region.
Using donated paint and power tools, Eck makes his works from recycled material, including desk drawers, shelving, wooden boxes, farm equipment, door panels, demolished stage sets and discarded construction materials.
The paintings are a direct outgrowth of his fascination with the ever-flowing river of American music.
Eck’s portion of the exhibit will contain over 50 works. Fully half of the works have never been shown; the remainder is a retrospective of musician portraits from the last five years.
Many of the new works come from a multi-media work-in-progress, “The Anthology Alive!: One Man’s View of The Anthology of American Folk Music.”
Eck – a member of Ramblin Jug Stompers and The Gospel Train, as well as an acclaimed songwriter — will also perform a few songs at the opening and engage in a question/answer session with patrons.
Eck dedicates this show to the memory of Rochelle Brener, a great artist and a great inspiration.
WTF? What The Folk
Opening 6-9 pm, Friday, April 4
Upstate Artists Guild, 247 Lark Street, Albany NY