BAM! – The Collaborative Art of Bruce and Mike.

“Check your ego at the door.” is the driving thought when local artists Bruce Bachelder and Mike Rende set out to create their modestly sized art.  The artists each start a painting and then hand it to each other to complete.  Sometimes they understand what the original vision for the painting was, but it’s always more interesting when they don’t and something even more unexpected erupts onto the canvas.

Influenced by both high and low brow art, their favorite artists include Herge, Jack Kirby, Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Art Spiegelman and Jim Woodring.

The opening reception was at the Martini Room on Wednesday, December 12th and featured roughly 50 pre-framed paintings in a variety of sizes with prices ranging from $20 to $250. Perfect for last minute gift giving if one of them inspired you.

We were also at the Martini Room on Saturday, 12/15/12with paints and some small canvases. We painted all night (in front of the live audience).

The show ran from 12/12/12 – 1/15/13.