Saturday, September 15, 2012

Rest in Peace "Mr. Imagination" R.I.P Gregory Warmack

I was delighted to find a niche devoted to Mr. Imagination at Barbara Archer Gallery last night. It wasn't a surprise. After all it was the opening for "Pure Folk."

But this wasn't good news. Mr. Imagination died on May 30, 2012.
"A 2008 fire at his home-studio, in Bethlehem, Pa., destroyed much of his life’s work, and he needed to start over. Here in Atlanta, it seemed like he’d found everything he was looking for... " Gregory Warmack, 64: Called ‘Mr. Imagination' for his creativity in art. - AJC May 31, 2012
I met Mr. Imagination last year at his solo show at Barbara Archer. He had a warm smile and a twinkle in his eye. He was determined to bring the audience into the show, to make it fun. He succeeded.

A fish from very un-fishy components, you wonder where it comes from.

He donned natty dreads from time to time.

He posed for everyone and with everyone.

Mr. Imagination and his art charmed the room, in this case Jerry Cullum.

Was there any material he couldn't use?

Here is a Mandella in bottle-caps.

Toilet brush-head dude!!!

He brought a throne and a bottle-cap crown and we took pictures. That crown was heavy and made folks laugh.

That was on February 17, 2011. I expected to meet Mr. Imagination again. I'm glad I have a few pictures to show you.

Pay your respects at Barbara Archer Gallery.

When you see the bottle-cap hat, you're in the right place.

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