The exhibition includes 53 works culled from studios, galleries, and homes near and far. The exhibition has been in the making for months beginning with a lengthy wish-list and pursued through traditional and unexpected avenues (including Webster’s dentist). Webster’s process of search and discovery mirrors his delight for things small- what might have been missed.
Artists included: Ellen Altfest, Donald Baechler, Balthus, Brian Belott, Jake Berthot, Katherine Bradford, Brice Brown, Charles Burchfield, Valerio Castello, Vija Celmins, Joseph Cornell, Carroll Dunham, James Franklin, Suzan Frecon, Ted Gahl, Robert Gober, Glenn Goldberg, Philip Guston, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Mary Heilmann, Alfred Jensen, Bill Jensen, Don Joint, John Lees, Brice Marden, Chris Martin, Joan Mitchell, Elie Nadelman, Francis Picabia, Sigmar Polke, Tal R, James Siena, Kiki Smith, Myron Stout, Richard Tuttle, Dan Walsh, Chuck Webster, John Wesley, Michael Williams and Terry Winters.
From 1998 to 2005, I was a member of the Barnstormers, a collective of artists drawn from the graffiti and studio artist communities in New York City and Tokyo. We created large-scale collaborative paintings, films, and performances. The group formed in 1999 after a pilgrimage of twenty-five artists to the rural town of Cameron, North Carolina, where they painted barns, tractor-trailers, shacks, and farm equipment, and continue to return to paint new murals. We had a retrospective show at the Southeastern Center For Contemporary Art in 2005. We took a barn apart in the country, put it back together in the museum, painted dozens of murals on it, then put it back together in the country and covered it with tarpaper . There were several other exhibits and timelapse paintinge at Smack Mellon, H&M Gallery, Joshua Liner Gallery and more.
Artists included, among others: Bluster One, Chris Mendoza, Chuck Webster, Cycle, David Ellis, Doze Green, Joey Garfield, UFO, KR, MADSAKI, Martin Mazorra, Mike Houston, Mike Ming, Naomi Kazama, Pablo Power, ROSTARR, Revs, Ryan McGinness, SWOON, West One, and Yuri Shimojo.
Directed by Michael Houston. In 1998 I made a 8 by 12 foot woodcut print. This film documents the daily routine of working as an artist, and the community of artists and citizens in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the late 1990’s. It went on to several film festivals, including the Florida International in 2001 and the Nomad Film Festival in 2002. Shot on 16 mm film by Christopher Weck. Produced by Joe Caterini. Printed by Martin and Alice Mazorra. Master Carpenter: Niclas Berry.