Show Report - May 15th & 16th, 2009

at Parlor Gallery - Asbury Park, NJ

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Parlor Gallery, formerly known as Cry Baby Gallery, is located at 717 Cookman Ave. in Asbury Park, New Jersey - an incredibly fun town to visit (especially if you know the fine folks at Parlor Gallery!)

The Parlor Gallery crew: Juicy Jenn Hampton, Jill Ricci, Michael Xavier Walker, and Sarah Potter - that's who to thank for helping to keep things interesting in Asbury Park!

This was a unique show in that there were two opening functions on two consecutive nights - May 15th & 16th - to coincide respectively with the First Friday crowd, and the local arts fair which spanned all of Saturday and into the night.

A mixture of works based on Mark Mothersbaugh's original Postcard Diaries drawings, including custom rugs and limited edition prints, was exhibited at Parlor Gallery. Some of the rugs were up to 4' x 6', while others were doormat sized.

Mark Mothersbaugh was not able to attend in person, but we were able to host a very entertaining live video chat from his home in Hollywood. Mark was projected on a wall so that the entire gallery could see him as he responded to questions.

Paul Green of The Paul Green School of Rock Music stopped by to check out the art, and was in town for a School of Rock performance. I met him for the first time last year when he hired DEVO to perform at the School of Rock Festival in June 2008.

Mark Moskin, who booked art shows for Mothersbaugh in the 80's, was able to make the drive from Brooklyn to see the show early on Saturday. Thanks for supplying a few photos for this report, Mark!

Mia Bauman, as featured on's Chosen Mutations gallery, also made the trip from Brooklyn and helped out at the reception. Speaking of Chosen Mutations, Jason Nixon showed up with his new DEVO tattoo.

DJ Jack The Ripper provided a fantastic mix of tunes for the Saturday night reception - including tracks by Suicide, Audio Two, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Parliament/Funkadelic...just to name a few.

Thanks to Jenn, Jill, Sarah, Michael, Mia, Mr. Moskin, the guy who manages Snack Attack, the guy who played bongos and made great Cuban food, and all the other fine folks who made this show enjoyable.

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-Michael Pilmer

Art Project Coordinator
The Visual Art Of Mark Mothersbaugh Gallery Tour 2009