Wilkes-Barre venue The Lamp Post hosting art, zine showcase and music April 9
WILKES-BARRE — At 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, Wilkes-Barre venue The Lamp Post will host Distro Night, featuring a zine showcase, art gallery and musical performances. Local acts The Ordinals, Emma Karchner and Far Away Places will provide the soundtrack to the night’s browsing. The event, which combines multiple artistic mediums into one shared experience, was partly organized by Far Away Places member Evan James.
“We’ll pretty much have a bunch of tables set up, have an art gallery, have some photos and paintings and drawings displayed and have some bands play,” James said. “That was the main idea, to just have a little theme to the show.”
According to James, there will be vinyl, cassettes, compact discs and apparel for sale at the show, and his fellow Far Away Places member Alyssa Napora will show pieces in the art gallery. Napora has two different sets of works; one consists of marker drawings featuring teenage girls and young women, while the other is comprised of abstract acrylic paintings that set geometric shapes against soft color backgrounds.
“I’ve never really been concerned with symbolism or deep meanings,” said Napora, a Scranton native. “My drawings and paintings are illustrations of a moment, a dark moment or a fantastic moment, and I like to think that people who see my art come up with their own backstories. Viewer interpretation makes my art what it is.”
Taylor Bamrick, a Detroit native who has lived in Kingston since mid-2014, will showcase and sale his zines (a term that refers to small-scale independently published printed materials) at the event.
“I’ve always been a fan of art books and independently published art books and I’ve been buying zines here and there for years,” Bamrick said. “I haven’t been involved with publishing too long. I just kind of do it here and there.”
Bamrick’s here-and-there experiences with publishing include an in-progress poetry book he has spent the last year working on with childhood friend Nick Nicoll. Most of his works focus on photography and include a Halloween-themed zine featuring staged photos inspired by horror films and a zine featuring shots from one of his favorite places to spend time: abandoned buildings. He’s also working on a zine he’s hoping to have ready for April 9.
“It doesn’t really have a set theme; it’s just pictures I’ve taken over the past six months,” Bamrick said. “There’s a lot of different stuff in it. When I take pictures I try and just capture people and places in their natural element, I don’t try to have any plan. They’re pictures of things around Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and Detroit.”
The April 9 show at The Lamp Post may seem like sensory overload to the usual attendee of shows this size; most performances on this scale are solely aural experiences, but The Lamp Post will have multiple media on display to go along with the musical acts. Bamrick compared the experience to consuming art via cyberspace, but made sure to differentiate between one and the other.
“I think it’s important to get everybody in one room to physically be able to come and show your stuff,” Bamrick said. “The Internet is great for selling, but it’s always better to see people’s work in person, to go see live bands, to be face-to-face with people. Online, if you post a picture to Instagram people are going to scroll right by it — they might ‘like’ it or something, but it’s not something they’re going to keep or go back to.”
The physical room for Distro Night is located at 47 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, on the third floor of Downtown Arts. Patrons can enter via the door on the left of the building. Admission is $5 and prices for art and zines inside vary.
Reach Gene Axton at 570-991-6121 or on Twitter @TLArts