Friday, October 18, 2013

Sights and Sounds: Mark Kostabi to appear tonight in Williamsport, PA

Here is some news of special interest for those living near Williamsport, PA...My first band had me playing guitar in Mark Kostabi's band Squirt Gun. Mark played bass and sang, and his brother Paul Kostabi played drums. That was long, LONG ago!

Meet Mark Kostabi: Tonight at 33 East
Friday, October 18th from 6 - 9 p.m.
33 East Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

Mark Kostabi
Artist, and composer Mark Kostabi will be making a special appearance and traveling from New York City to Williamsport, tonight, Friday, October 18. Kostabi will be at 33 East (33 East Third St., Williamsport) from 6 - 9 p.m. to meet fellow art lovers and answer any questions they may have about the work on display. 
A special tasting menu and wine paring will be available by chef Kevin Nash.
This is the second time Kostabi will be venturing to Williamsport as he performed with the Kostabi Quartet at the Community Arts Center Capitol Lounge last February. For a video of his last performance, check out this link.
More about Mark Kostabi:
Artist and Composer Mark Kostabi was born in Los Angeles in 1960 to Estonian immigrants. Raised in Whittier, California, he studied drawing and painting at California State University, Fullerton. Kostabi moved to New York in 1982, and by 1984, emerged as a leading figure in the now legendary East Village art scene where he cultivated a provocative media persona by publishing self-interviews reflecting on the commodification of contemporary art.
Mark Kostabi with one of his original paintings.

By 1987, his work was widely exhibited in New York galleries as well as prominently throughout the United States, Japan, Germany and Australia. He inspired extensive international press coverage in 1988 when he founded Kostabi World at his bustling Manhattan art and now also television studio, which employs a panoply of talented painting assistants and idea people. Beginning in the early 1990s Kostabi's work has been widely exhibited throughout Italy. Kostabi established a second home in Rome in 1996. Dividing his time between Rome and New York enabled him to dramatically enhance his presence in the Italian art scene.

Kostabi has designed album covers for Guns 'N' Roses (Use Your Illusion) and The Ramones (Adios Amigos), Jimmy Scott (Holding Back The Years) and numerous products including a Swatch watch, the Bloomingdales bag, Alessi vases, Rosenthal espresso cups, and a Giro d'Italia pink jersey.

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