Ever Gold Gallery is pleased to present, “Oh How Much It Hurt: Fred Martin and Friends in the Fifties,” with works by Martin, Jay De Feo, Wally Hedrick, Deborah Remington, David Simpson and Roy De Forest, many of which have not been seen in 60 years since they were first shown at the legendary Six Gallery (1954-1957), one of San Francisco’s first alternative art spaces and the site for the first reading of Allen Ginsberg’s, “Howl” in October 1955.
The exhibition captures the spirit of experimentation these artists wrestled with during the turbulent “Beat Era,” ushering in increased recognition for both the artists and The City in which they came of age. The majority of the works are from Fred Martin’s own collection acquired directly from his artist friends.
The exhibition opens June 14 with a reception for the artist, and runs until July 17.
Micklangelo, a visual creator and conceptual thinker, is fascinated with how the 1960s revolution of thought and sensibility continues. He describes Allen Ginsberg’s HOWL as one of the “genetic markers” in the development of modern culture and notes that while expressing his own personal turmoil within the rigid moral confines of 1950’s America, Ginsberg touched a universal nerve, which helped to ignite the counterculture forming within the world’s dissatisfied youth. Political, social, and sexual themes are explored and described in language so poetical that the poem’s power is still relevant today.