Comedy at SOLOWAY this Sunday, October 13th at 5 pm, for the closing celebration of Lance Rutledge’s exhibition Nothing Allowed to Occur Here Under Any Circumstances, Whatsoever, Period

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This Sunday, Soloway in Brooklyn will present an afternoon of comedy in celebration of the closing of Lance Rutledge’s exhibition Nothing Allowed to Occur Here Under Any Circumstances, Whatsoever, Period. Soloway is an exhibition space created and run by artists Tomer Aluf, Annette Wehrhahn, Hakim Bishara, Halsey Rodman, Jenny Nichols, and Emily Weiner; Wehrhahn and Weiner are both members of the VCS faculty, and co-teach the course Make Your Own Art World: Independent Exhibitions, Projects, and Spaces.

Here’s some information from gallery’s event announcement:



Soloway invites you to an afternoon of comedy on Sunday, October 13th at 5:00pm for the closing celebration of Lance Rutledge’s exhibition.

A narrated slide lecture by Samuel Lang Budin and stand up comedy by Chanel Ali and Patrick Marlborough. Plus spiked cider and donuts!


Patrick Marlborough is a Freo born-and-bred stand-up comedian and writer. He’s been performing his goofs around Perth, interstate, and internationally for a bunch of years. Known for his work writing for VICE and Junkee, his silly but streamlined wit, and his unapologetic explorations of mental health and political satire, he’s recently released his stand-up mix tape Barely Bombings on Bandcamp, Spotify and iTunes, and there’s another one on the way to be released in October.


Chanel Ali blossomed on the Philadelphia circuit before taking her commanding stage presence and story teller style to NYC. She has been featured on MTVs Girl Code, the Food Network’s digital series Food Debate and she recently headlined the Women in Comedy Festival.


Samuel Lang Budin is a social documentary photographer living in Brooklyn and working primarily in the depressive realist mode. In his zines and narrated slide lectures, he addresses aging, dementia, and death, the use of utopian visions of science and technology by the midcentury labor movement in the construction and sale of affordable housing to its membership, and anthropogenic climate change with poignancy and humor. His work has been seen at BAM, PS1, and Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood. He was recently awarded a grant from the Puffin Foundation for work related to sea level rise in the New York Area.

Lance Rutledge: Nothing Allowed to Occur Here Under Any Circumstances, Whatsoever, Period.

Clipper ships, lunatic proclamations, snack-bar signs, and the mottled purple-gray-orange of a storm at sunset: Rutledge’s work refuses to separate word from image, instead producing an insistently eccentric hybrid form where handwriting, scribbles, color field, image, and figure are welded together in paint. Addressed to recipients unknown, his paintings are cobbled together from memory traces evoking handwritten lost pet posters taped to telephone poles and those seeking missing lovers or family members after disasters; missed connections, want ads, hand-painted signs, personals and the police blotter from the town paper; for-sale flyers posted on grocery store signboards and revenge drawings made by awkward teenagers.

Before we know it, the paintings draw us into some petty quarrel about a neighbor’s herniated disc and the questionable giveaway at an appliance store; a conflicted list of grievances posted by a local crackpot and the boasts of a self-reflexive, perhaps triumphant, sign painter: THESE ARE MY LAST FOUR DOTS….

The works in Nothing Allowed to Occur Here Under Any Circumstances, Whatsoever, Period. bring Rutledge’s long-standing interests in language and humor together with gently luminescent modulating chroma to produce a tragi-comic ambiance, somehow at once tender and pointed.

Lance Rutledge is based in NYC. He received his BFA from Michigan State University in 1974. Notable past exhibitions include solo shows at White Columns (1986) and Colin de Land/American Fine Arts (1987); and group exhibitions at Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton NY; Islip Museum, Long Island; The Brooklyn Museum, Exit Art, Four Walls, the New Museum, and The Drawing Center, NYC. Rutledge is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pollock/Krasner Foundation, and NYFA.


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