FAKE UPSTATE: Art and Artifacts by Paul Kozlowski

August 13, 2016 to August 20, 2016

Wednesday, August 17 – 2-7 pm
Thursday, August 18 – 2-7 pm
Friday, August 19 – 2-7 pm
Saturday,  August 20 – 12-4 pm

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Kozlowski, a native of Cortland, makes his east coast debut with an exhibition at the ArtRage Gallery. “Fake Upstate”, which will feature fictitious works from the region’s finest made up artists such as Color Swatches from Roy Biv, former general manager of the Solvay Paint Company; landscapes from Florence Blerthington, a housewife from Preble who once punched Georgia O’Keeffe because she thought she was putting the moves on her; and artifacts like the charred remains from Careless Larry’s Fireworks stand from Polkville, New York.

Owner and sole artist of the Fake Gallery in Los Angeles for 14 years, Paul Kozlowski gathered a cult following among various Hollywood celebrities along with many regular people.

Stand up comedian and writer for The Chris Rock Show, The Jon Stewart Show, Mr. Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show among others, and actor whose movie credits include Shakes the Clown and Punchline, Kozlowski accidentally entered the art world when he opened a performance venue in Hollywood. In order to evade the red tape of opening a theater or cabaret, Paul registered the venue with the city as an art gallery and then quickly filled the walls with works that he made sure looked so much like art, you couldn’t tell the difference.

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But the funniest thing about the Fake Gallery was that the fake artworks started flying off the walls. Paul’s works have appeared on several television shows including Sarah Silverman’s Comedy Central special and were a primary background in Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary, “Call Me Lucky.” Paul just finished a 60 painting commission for the Cartoon Network’s new expanded headquarters in Burbank, California.

Free to the Public