posted October 10th, 2014

It's been awhile since we've heard from The Red Krayola - but then again, it's been awhile since they've heard from US too, hasn't it now? It seems like longer than just six months back that we pumped back into the "marketplace" (such as it is) new vinyl copies of their long-OOP albums Coconut Hotel and Hazel along with a first-ever pressing of the compilation Singles. In the absence of new music from The Red Krayola, those have gone a long way to filling the gap - but then again, The Red Krayola have always been extra-musical, what with the free-form freakouts, their "bummer of the festival" designation, the one-second pieces and The Quiet Album. Therefore you will please join us in not being surprised but instead, solidly pleased to hear of their participation in MAGSIN Gallery's "Art in Pop" exhibition, which runs from October 11th through January 4th, 2015. There's a web-opening tonight, which is fortunate for you if you're just hearing about this now and you're not in town. The town in question is Grenoble and that's the southwestern France Grenoble city we're talking about where MAGSIN is located. And if it isn't 6 already, well please keep in mind that it is somewhere.

Once officially launched, The Red Krayola's participation in the exhibition will be live, which is more than we can say for the contributions of say, Garcia, McCluhan and Van Vliet. Actually, who else will acutally BE there on a daily basis? Once again The Red Krayola are treading where few dare! Thanks to the alignment of satellites and the subsequent social media, The Red Krayola will be present nearly constantly via a web portal installed in the gallery alongside the work by those aforementioned late masters, in addition to pieces from other luminaries of rock (because that appears to be what we're talking about here, despite the allusion to 'pop' in the title) such as Alan Vega, Daniel Johnston, Genesis P-Orridge, and Mayo Thompson's former Pere Ubu bandmate, David "Why I Hate Women" Thomas. Among many esteemed others! This process was perfected in a little practice environment known as The Whitney Biennial, you may have heard of it? Ahem. If our short (but enthused!) notice is too much, too soon, please fly from wherever you are - we trust you're not somewhere TRULY remote, like the arctic circle - and see the exhibit in your flesh. While you're there, we don't have to remind you to stop by the Krayola portal and say Hi, do we? Thought so!

Artists in this story: The Red Krayola, Mayo Thompson