Too Much Fun
posted: September 1, 2011

The Arthop in Burlington has become the premier art event in Vermont with over 500 artists showing at 200 venues throughout Burlington's old South End. I happened to grow up right around the corner from this, so I always look forward to this event.
This year sculptor John Brickels asked me to show my work in his gallery/studio and I jumped at the opportunity. I had met John a couple of times in passing at various art openings, but didn't know him very well. I certainly knew his work which I admired for it's sense of humor and craftsmanship.  Last April during my residency at the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vt, John and his wife, painter Wendy James, happened to have a studio right across the hall from my studio we were able to hang out for an extended period of time. Getting to know John was like meeting a long lost brother. Albeit a long lost brother who is very sarcastic.
I think John's claymobiles are particularly cool. He scours EBay for old pedal car bodies and tricks them out with suspensions and hemis, all in clay. He completed the presentation of '41 Chrysler by including a bag of oregano in the open glove compartment. Nice touch. Here's what his work looks like. Check out more at his site.
'41 Chrysler...

Sad Face...


2 Ton...

Old Betsy...

Vertigo Barn...

Uptown Diner...

WAM September 1, 2011
John Dykes September 1, 2011
Cool stuff Hal - wish I could make it up to Burlington for this. Will storm damage affect the show??
Hal Mayforth September 1, 2011
Thanks, WAM! From what I understand John, Burlington and environs had a fairly easy time with Irene. The middle and central parts of the state...not so much. Get your butt up here! Busy Heckhounds weekend too.
Alan Witschonke September 1, 2011
Wicked cool stuff! I want to drive one.
Larry Ross September 1, 2011
Cool stuff, Hal! Your paintings always rock the house. Love the sculptures, too. Especially, the vertigo barn. Good luck with the show. It sounds like a blast.
Steve Brodner September 1, 2011
Love this!
Walter Vasconcelos September 1, 2011
Very cool, Haaaaaaaaaaaal!
harry September 1, 2011
Love those sculpts, good company. Burlington is very cool.
Rob Dunlavey September 2, 2011
Those are such fun. Intense fun. I'd love to see how your work interacts with it. Maybe you start drawing more hot rods?!
Mark Fisher September 2, 2011
Never enough fun! I wanta drive that Old Betsy Bike. Have a good show Hal.
Ellen Weinstein September 3, 2011
Looks like a cool show, Hal!
Robert Saunders September 7, 2011
Wonderfully obsessive work, thanks Hal!
Hal Mayforth September 7, 2011
Thanks for the kind comments one and all. I just got back from hanging the show. Totally pumped!
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