September 26, 2023
Jon Langford & Jim Sherraden
Complicated Characters: Collaborative Artwork
October 16 - November 30
Mixed media artworks combining Sherraden's printmaking with Langford's painting.
Friday, October 20
7 - 9 PM
Master Printer Emeritus Jim Sherraden and prolific musician and visual artist Jon Langford have been collaborating since 2016. This exhibit, Complicated Characters, will be their fourth such show, featuring a blend of Sherraden's woodcut artwork and Langford's extraordinary drawing skills. The show’s title is a nod to the alter egos the artists took on during their collaborative process, and these are their stories…
Bishop Biscuit, aka Jim Sherraden, grew up in Bishop, Kansas, and worked as a teenager in the local orphanage's kitchen, developing an almost frightening understanding of the power of baked goods and pizza dough. Drifting West to Salina, Kansas, he started a combination pizza restaurant, bakery, and miniature golf course called “Pizza Putz,” to which he wrote and sang the TV jingle. This marvelous little thirty seconds of electric magic was heard by the passing bus of a country music act, who sought out Bishop and moved him and his pastry skills to Nashville, Tennessee. There, to this day, he mingles with musicians and flourishes with flour. He can't keep up with the orders!
Father Drogo, aka Jon Langford, is a complicated kettle of fish. Abandoned in his infancy and found wandering in a bluebell wood near Croesyceiliog in Monmouthshire, Wales, he was taken in and raised by the Friars of the old Priory in Usk. There he strayed into alchemy, winemaking, and graffiti. The walls of his wine cellar were dense with scratchings and daubed likenesses, allegorical compositions and visons of demons and ghosts that came to him in his cups. His ambition was always to travel and in 1995 he crossed the Atlantic selling T-shirts and totems for a local death metal band called The Battle of the Rocks. However, one dark night in Cincinnati he missed the tour bus. He has remained stateside ever since peddling his sketches and lewd songs.
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