Monday, March 26, 5–8pm
Monday, March 26, beginning 1:30pm—Join artist Berry van Boekel for an Informal Gallery Talk and kick-off of the Top 100 Countdown! Feel free to stay all day, or join in the festivities anytime. The Countdown will culminate during the Exhibition Reception from 5–8pm.
Berry van Boekel is a Fort Myers, Florida-based artist. His intensely obsessive ongoing project documenting the bands and musicians he listens to, has developed an avid following of art collectors, curators and music fans around the world—and in his former home-base, Columbus Ohio, where he premiered many of his Top 100.
Van Boekel marks the beginning of each year with an exhibition of paintings featuring the Top 100 songs he heard the previous year. Firmly rooted in portraiture and figure painting, his work nonetheless is able explore a variety of stylistic approaches. The simple elegant concept of the list not only allows for experimentation with a wide range of musical tastes but also gives van Boekel license to evoke different moods and sensibilities within the paintings.
Van Boekel writes "In February 1983, aged 18 years old—in the midst of exploring music, I made a chart of the 10 tracks that I'd enjoyed most. Then three days later I made another one and I've continued to do so every three or four days ever since. At the end of each year I collect all charts and compile a list of 100 songs from it. In 1986 I started to illustrate the lists, first with a copy machine but soon I started to draw. The Top 100 of 1991 was the first in which all one hundred entries were drawn by hand. I have claimed many times that a particular year was going to be the last one but instead I continue with more zeal every year." The Top 100 2011 is the 29th edition of the Top 100.
Van Boekel is a 1997 MFA graduate of the OSU Department of Art. This exhibition is partially funded by the Bevlyn Simson Painting Exhibition Fund.