Gary Dobry at Packer Schopf Gallery Thru July 7, 2012: New Work with Brenda Venus (Life After Henry Miller and Ed Paschke)
Chicago, IL, June 18, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The owner of Pug's Boxing Club in the northwest suburbs of Chicago is Gary Dobry. Dobry was a life-long friend and apprentice of world-renown artist, Ed Paschke. Writer/actress/film-maker Brenda Venus was a mentor of writer Henry Miller who is best known for his ground-breaking novel, Tropic of Cancer.
Dobry moved to Paris inspired by Miller's writing. Dobry says he "wanted to breathe in the same air that Miller breathed in" and wanted to "walk the same Parisian streets Miller walked and wrote about in his books." Dobry says it was fate that those streets led him to Brenda Venus.
"I've always said that life is a crooked path through the forest. If not but for a bend in the road, life's crooked path never would have led me to Brenda Venus," Dobry says.
Some of the earlier work Dobry did with Brenda Venus has already exhibited at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, California, the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago and at Northern Illinois Universty's Jack Olson Gallery in an exhibition titled, "INKED: Tattoo Imagery in Contemporary Art." Dobry's work with Brenda Venus that exhibited at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago exhibited alongside watercolors Henry Miller did of Brenda Venus and Miller love-letters to Brenda which weren't published until 1998 when punk-rocker/writer/actor/spoken-word performer Henry Rollins published an anthology called "The Best of 2.13.61" in which appears never-before published excerpts of the more explicit Miller love-letters to Brenda Venus. Letters that Brenda was too embarassed to read in her youth and had stored away for years until Rollins published them.
Besides Dobry and Miller, Brenda Venus was the subject of work by painter Harold Frank and Ansel Adams protege', photographer Ken Marcus.
The new work Dobry did with Brenda Venus will exhibit at Packer Schoph Gallery through July 7th.
Dobry's novels, "Kingdom Come" and "En La Lona" are available at Amazon.com. Brenda Venus' new novella, "Twelve Hours," is available at twelve-hours.com. The Packer-Schopf Gallery is located at 942 W. Lake St. in Chicago. The gallery's website is: packergallery.com. Dobry's websites are onthecanvas.com and pugsboxinggym.com. Brenda Venus' website is: brendavenus.com.