Pop-up gallery debuts during Spoleto

  • Saturday, May 10, 2014

Renowned New York photographer Michael Weintrob announces that King Dusko, an artsy music and libations hangout on Upper King Street, will host his “InstrumentHead” Pop-Up Gallery Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 8 during Charleston's 2014 Spoleto festivities.

“InstrumentHead” is a surrealist portrait series that captures musicians like Bootsy Collins, Scott Avett and Derek Trucks without ever showing their faces. Instead, the instrument becomes the star, covering the performer's head to create an intriguing expression of each personality within the frame of a single, iconic photograph.

Presented by Jakprints, the 10-day Charleston pop-up gallery will transform the walls of King Dusko into a fine art display of limited-edition Giclee prints. While more than 350 musicians across rock, blues, jazz, bluegrass and world genres have contributed to InstrumentHead, Weintrob's Spoleto exhibit will showcase and sell 25 distinct images from the collection, including Charleston's own Sol Driven Train.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a nonprofit organization that preserves and promotes the rich musical traditions of the American South.

InstrumentHead celebrates its grand opening Friday, May 30, at King Dusko with live performances by two longtime Music Maker supporters, blues keyboardist Ironing Board Sam and Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Music starts at 8 p.m. on the venue's outdoor patio stage.

“When I began to really think about these intriguing, larger-than-life characters for whom music is seemingly just as important as air, I thought ‘Where their head is really at' summed up the whole idea perfectly,” said Weintrob, whose photos have graced the pages of Rolling Stone, SPIN, Jazz Times and Newsweek.

“Whether an individual is famous or an almost complete unknown, whether they play saxophone or sitar, the one thing they have in common is that music is central to everything they do,” Weintrob continued. “I decided to place their instruments in front of their faces in an attempt to blur the boundaries between each individual personality and the tools of their trade. That way folks get a creative glimpse into the psyche of these amazing people.”

Weintrob first partnered with Jakprints to premiere InstrumentHead on Frenchmen Street during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. There, Jakprints helped transform an empty warehouse next to the Frenchmen Art Market into a walkable night exhibit that stunned Jazzfest art fans and music lovers alike, and donated more than $2,000 to the Tipitina's Foundation and the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation.

New Orleans gallery visitors included legendary Rolling Stone photographer Baron Wolman and New Orleans blues icon Allen Toussaint, who said about InstrumentHead, “When you mix art and music together like you've done here, it's just phenomenal. It doesn't get much better than this.”

Weintrob's Spoleto InstrumentHead gallery in Charleston, South Carolina will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily at King Dusko, closing with a special wrap party on Sunday, June 8.

To purchase prints online or view an extended gallery of InstrumentHead images, visit www.michaelweintrob.com/instrumenthead.

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