While we await news of future dates for Mr Mojo Risin’: a celebration of Jim Morrison, in pictures, words, and music, here’s a quick preview:
The show, which premiered at the B612 bar in Penasca, at San Fermo, Varese in September 2011, and has since also been seen at the MiV Café in Varese, is organized by DecimaMusa, a not-for-profit association created by Monica Merlo, Veronika Bögl, Alberto Frigo, and Marco Nappa Nasoni.
Renato Bertossi, the producer of Mr Mojo Risin’, has been active on the live-music scene in the Milan/Varese area for many years, with a special interest in jazz. Upcoming concerts are here: SalvaLaVitaAllaMusicaLive.
As far as the artistes are concerned:
Ivan Carletta, who lends his voice to the songs of Jim Morrison performs regularly in Varese and environs, both as a solo performer and with his trio Killing Me Softly.
Marco Rodio, who recites Jim Morrison’s poems is an actor and theatre director who works with, among others, the Accademia Teatro Franzato.
Alessio Penzo provides keyboards and Hammond organ accompaniment to the show Mr Mojo Risin’. A multi-faceted musician whose work spans many genres, with a particular interest in jazz, Alessio Penzo is considered one of Italy’s premier improvisational musicians.
Mike Snyder, painter, illustrator, portrait artist, and cartoonist, created the images that form a moving backdrop to Mr Mojo Risin’: a celebration of Jim Morrison in pictures, words, and music, exhjbits his work in the area of Varese and Milan, with plans afoot for shows in the Ticino area of Switzerland.
COMICS IN ENGLISH/INDUNO OLONA
an exhibition of work by the students on the Comics in English evening class
organized by the Proloco Induno Olona
Inauguration: Saturday 12 January 2013, 16.00-19.00
Sunday 13 January 2013, 15.00-18.00
Saturday 19 + Sunday 20 January 2013, 15.00-18.00
Sala Bergamaschi, Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Induno Olona (Varese), Italy
WHO: Clarissa Bellandi, Laura Casali, Mattia Minotti, Simone Pasquali, Marco Pellegrini, Jenny Sarasso, with Mike Snyder, teacher.
WHAT: an exhibition of work by the students on the Comics in English evening class
organized by the Proloco Induno Olona, and taught by Mike Snyder, illustrator, comic book artist, painter, and portrait artist, as part of the second annual programme of vocational courses, coordinated by Paola Redaelli on behalf of the ProLoco of Induno Olona, near Varese, Italy.
WHY: “We wanted to show what the class was doing. There’s been a lot of interest, and we know that people were wondering how it worked and what the students did. The course, which consists of ten 90-minute weekly lessons, consists of revising all aspects of how you draw a comic. This includes anatomy and perspective, some aspects of which the students may well have covered at school, or elsewhere. We then move on crafting a story, from characters, through plot, to execution. And this is part of what we will be seeing at the show, ” says Mike Snyder, their teacher, an American artist who is a long-term resident in Italy.
HOW: each of the six students will exhibit their work, whether it was created as part of the course or whether it predated the course. Mike explains, “The students are aged between 11 and 40. Clearly the youngest are at school, which the eldest have been out in the world for some time. In the former case, they signed up to explore the world of drawing comics from first principles. In the latter, these are people who have been working on their own, in some cases, for several years, and signed up to Comics in English as a way of having some feedback, and of getting some professional input for the very first time. In this case, what is exhibited is clearly not what has been produced since last October, but is the fruit of a long period of work.”
The students’ work will be complemented by an exhibit of Mike Snyder’s own work. One recent project has been a biography of Jim Morrison, of The Doors. Starting out as a graphic novel, the drawings have since been adapted for use as a video-backdrop to a tribute concert to the Lizard King, the next outing of which will be at La Birraria, Mendrisio, Canton Ticino Switzerland, on Friday, 1 March 2013.
WHERE: Sala Bergamaschi, Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Induno Olona, near Varese, Italy.
WHEN: Inauguration Saturday 12 January 2013, 16.00-19.00
Sunday 13 January 2013, 15.00-18.00
Saturday 19 + Sunday 20 January 2013, 15.00-18.00.
PLUS: the next session of Comics in English starts Tuesday, 5 February 2013. For information and subscriptions, please contact ProLoco Induno Olona, Via Porro 34, tel: 0332 200867, email: email@example.com, or in person: Thursday 15.00-17.00, and Saturday 09.00-12.00. Clearly, Comics in English is just one of a number of courses on the programme. Other options include photography, patchwork, drama, chess, and much else. Check out the Pro Loco’s site.
Four versions of the Mostra: Comics in English, gli studenti espongono poster have been printed. Two include images by Laura Casali, one by Marco Pellegrini, while the fourth is by Clarissa Bellandi.
Mike Snyder, the artist, and Alberto Frigo, the organizer, debate.
The occasion: the first of series of dinners dubbed
ArsTratto(ria). Art in a trattoria, if you like, with a
reference to Ovid, of course.
Seventeen people were scheduled to arrive at 20.00 to see
the works — three paintings as well as eight b&w illustrations for a
biography of Jim Morrison in graphic novel form, due for
publication in early 2011.
The place: the Trattoria i Dü Matt, in Via del Chiostro, Gavirate,
in the province of Varese. I dü matt? The two crazies? who you calling crazy?
Anyway, which two?
Let’s stop being crazy all of us, and get back inside.
It’s pouring with rain and freezing cold.
January in Italy is like that.
We have a special menu tonight: risotto,
followed by polenta and braised veal, red wine,
water and coffee, all for 15 euros.
The normal offering is equally appealing: the
weekday lunchtime menu is just 10 euros for pasta,
main course, as well as water, wine and
coffee. Make a note, must come back.
Lovely golden-yellow decor by Alberto, whose
paintings are out the door.
Mike’s are in the dining room, ready to be hung.
That’s chef Aimone on the left, admiring
one of the artworks. Mike goes to unwrap
some more, while Monica looks on.
The mise en place, with the logo Alberto designed
Ceiling-height sgraffito illustrations, designed and executed
by Alberto, who’s now checking in with chef Aimone in the kitchen.
Two of the artworks: a small painting that
forms part of a larger work, and a vibrant
illustration used originally for a press ad
Alberto and Monica discuss the impending hanging
Mike hanging the Croc illustration
Film poster executed for a UCLA film studies undergraduate
The artist observes his work
The photographer snaps pictures,
Jim Morrison in the background.
Getting ready to eat, with the Jim Morrison illustrations behind
After the risotto, the polenta and spezzatino.
Re-arranging the works for the weekend, the paintings stayed,
the Jim Morrison illustrations didn’t
A matter of some debate
The end of the evening. Time to say goodnight and Alla prossima!