(LINLITHGO, N.Y.) – “Heliocentric Omni Verse,” a sculptural installation paying tribute to Sun Ra, the late jazz visionary and bandleader, by artist Reginald Madison, opens at CR10 Arts on Saturday, June 6, 2015, with a reception from 4 to 6pm, featuring Sun Ra music performed live by the Star Gazers, as well as screenings of “Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise,” the 1980 film by Robert Mugge documenting performances by the Sun Ra Arkestra. The exhibit remains on view through June 21.
Reginald Madison was born in Chicago in 1941. A self-taught artist, Madison moved to the Berkshire in the late 1960s, and relocated to Hudson, N.Y., at the turn of the century. Madison became interested in art at the age of 18, and his art education mostly consisted of visits to museums and art galleries.
Jazz has always been a huge influence on Madison’s work. His music-oriented paintings have been displayed in the original Great Barrington Club Helsinki and in Club Helsinki Hudson for years. Primarily a painter, Madison has always worked in all types of media, including sculpture. Madison was represented by Phyllis Kind Gallery in NYC, which specialized in outsider artists from Chicago.
The sculptures in “Heliocentric Omni Verse” are created out of found chair parts from the L&B factory in Hudson. The sculptures are of Sun Ra’s band and stand from ten to 14 feet high.