(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – There will be an opening reception for Karl Mullen – Recent Work, the inaugural exhibition at BINGO!, a new gallery run by Crispina ffrench, on Friday, July 5, 2013, from 5pm to 8pm. The gallery is located in what used to be the Bingo Hall on the lower level of the former Notre Dame Church (40 Melville St.) that ffrench and her husband, Chris Swindlehurst, own and are nearly finished renovating into artist studios, a collaborative screen-printing shop, Makerspace, event space, workshop/teaching/meeting space, and the art gallery.
Self-taught, outsider artist Mullen, who hails from Dublin and lives with his family in Williamstown, Mass., paints on paper – from large format Arches paper to sheet music and book pages. His images are created using all manner of pigment – wine, tea, salt, shoe polish, Indian spices, spit and ash, and applied with bottles, knives and other kitchen utensils to give primitive, tribal, and celestial qualities to his work.
Mullen’s work is featured in the New York Outsider Art fair, the Intuit show in Chicago, and he has had solo exhibitions nationally and in Europe. Mullen is also known for his music; the Wandering Rocks, his band, will perform at the opening reception at 6:30.