COMUNE’S DROP CITY LAUNCH PARTY RECAP

June 11, 2010

COMUNE opened its doors on Saturday, April 24th to over 500 guests for the official launch of Drop City. “Experiments in Occultism and Parapsychology” was the title and theme of the show with artists: Corey Smith, Gareth Stehr, Jason Lee Parry, Jimmy Fontaine, Clifford Lidell, Nathan and Noah Rice, Danielle DeFoe, Shelby Menzel, Kealan Shilling, Ray Gordon, Noel Sinclair Boyt, Liz Davis and Hunter Longe all of whom exhibited their newest work coinciding with the dark and ominous theme. The artist’s work included video installations, sculpture, photography, and paintings. For the event COMUNE constructed a massive maze gallery extending off its existing steal shipping container show space. As viewers wandered their way through the maze they experienced an overwhelming visual impact. The visceral glow of several video installations reflected off everyone’s bodies and the energy pyramid centered in the entrance of the compound set the tone for the rest of the show. Gareth Stehr’s black light room was a highlight creating a psychedelic/mock black magic vibe that only he can explain. Dj’s blasted the finest stoner rock along with 60’s and 70’s obscure psych/garage favorites. PBR flowed like water and Gringo and the Bean fed the packed house.

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