Tommy Hollenstein

Posted April 17, 2008 in

Tommy Hollenstein isn’t your average abstract-expressionist painter. Wheelchair-bound because of an injury, Hollenstein uses his chair to create art by attaching various brushes and painting apparatus to the bottom or by moving the wheels across the canvas. This results in paintings that are vibrant and full of motion. He’ll be painting live at the Riverside Art Museum as part of their Earwax series, which pairs artistic notables with musicians in an arena where the pair can bounce ideas off one another for the sake of improvisational artistry. Providing the soundtrack to Hollenstein’s paint sloshing is Amps For Christ, fronted by former Man Is The Bastard and Bastard Noise veteran Henry Barnes and friends. Barnes fuses death metal, noise and hardcore with his passion for classical composition, folk music and jazz. While some tracks verge on unadulterated noise alone, other tunes have a bit more melody, similar to the folk-rock tunes of the ’70s. The Portland Bike Ensemble rounds out the loud soundscape, using only bicycles wired with pedals and pickups to create a brooding ambiance. They pluck spokes, crank pedals, bang on their bikes with mallets, and just about any other thing you can possibly think of to make a racket. The whole affair should sound like an unbearable din, but PBE is surprisingly restrained and almost minimal. (Phil Fuller)

Tommy Hollenstein paints to the tunes of Amps For Christ; Portland Bike Ensemble; DJ Alaska at the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; Friday, 7 PM; $6–$10



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