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Glave Kocen Gallery

30 artists create work based on their
favorite "ONE HIT WONDER" song!!!!

June 9 - July 8, 2017
opening reception, Friday, June 9 6:00 until 8:00 *****note new hours
one hit wonder invitation

BJ Kocen’s injection of music themed shows will not be quelled anytime soon. This exhibit has got many artists fired up to step outside their normal parameters of working and face the music! Kocen generated a list spanning through the decades of well known and forgotten one hit wonder songs. Artists could create work of any media up to 3’x4’ ratio.

As of press time here is the list of artists and the songs they picked for inspiration.

  • I Melt With you-Modern English Artist~ Nico Cathcart
  • In the Year 2525-Zager & Evans~ Steve Griffin 
  • Spirit in the Sky-Norman Greenbaum~ Steven Walker
  • Venus-Stocking Blue~ Susan Morosky
  • Turning Japanese-The Vapors~ Krista Townsend
  • Sex & Candy-Marcy Playground~ Matt Lively
  • Because the Night-Patti Smith~ Ted Randler
  • Mickey-Toni Basil ~Glenn Kessler
  • Macarena-Los Del Rio~ Alberto Murillo
  • Tainted Love-Soft Cell ~Kendra Wadsworth
  • She Blinded me with Science-Thomas Dolby~Cathy Vaughn
  • Touch of Grey-The Grateful Dead~ Dan Miller
  • Star Spangled Banner- Francis Scott Key~Josh George 
  • Take 5 -Dave Brubek Quartet~ Christopher Peter
  • Get Together-The Youngbloods~Mark Chatterley 
  • Jackie Blue-Ozark Mountain Daredevils ~Frankie Slaughter 
  • Stuck in the Middle with You -Steeler's Wheel~Diego Sanchez
  • Polk Salad Annie- Tony Joe White~Rob Browning 
  • Forget Me Nots-Patrice Rushen~Wendy Umanoff
  • Hideaway-Freddie King ~Rodger Bechtold
  • Judy in Disguise (with glasses)-John Fred and his Playboy Band~Greg A.Mallory
  • Apache- Jorgen Ingmann and his guitar~Wilson Wyllie
  • Voices Carry- Til Tuesday~Rose Masterpol
  • Rumble-Link Wray~ Leslie Herman
  • Got to be Real- Cheryl Lynn~ Stephen Clark
  • Standing outside a broken phone booth with money in my hand-Primitive Radio Gods~Andre Shank


Lots of emails have been flying back and forth as to what constitutes a One Hit Wonder and depending on who you ask; a tune could be or could not be a true one hit wonder.  Kocen, who is a music nut, threw out his stringent parameters for the Artist’s song selection early in the process. “I started to realize that the fun arguments that people have over “Best of” lists needed to be hashed out by the patrons and not me. My parameter became as long as the song was on a One Hit Wonder List, that’s good enough for me!” 

The enthusiasm has been potent from participating artists. Like the patrons who will attend this exhibit, the artists enjoyed taking walks down memory lane or putting a pause on their focus and direction of work for this super fun inspiring exercise. Leslie Herman’s Switch Blade image for Link Wray’s “Rumble” is perfect capturing the menace and storminess of the famous instrumental. New comer George A. Mallory has rendered quite a masterfully sexy and trippy painting for John Fred and His Playboys sugary hit “Judy in Disguise with Glasses.” Hometown favorite Josh George took a spin on a tune not on many One Hit Wonder lists but regardless Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” is definitely a #1 smash hit even though it came out before the Billboard charts were invented.

"One Hit Wonders" will be the perfect Summer exhibit for music fans and fans of these artists and yes these tunes will be spinning on the stereo as well as on the wall during the show!


Represented Artists

Alberto Murillo
sandblasted UV resin with acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 inches
Josh George
star spangled banner
mixed media on panel
49 x 36 inches
Evelyn Davis- Walker
do you love me
encaustic on panel
24 x 24 inches
Cathy Vaughn
she blinded me with science
Natural verdigris on copper, resin finish
48 x 36 inches
Frankie Slaughter
inside her room (jackie blue)
mixed media
25.5 x 31 inches
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Rose Masterpol
voices carry
acrylic on canvas
37 x 23 inches
Christopher Peter
take 5
40 x 30 inches
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Krista Townsend
oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Dan Miller
touch of grey
oil and wax on canvas
30 x 40 inches

Visiting Artists

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George A Mallory
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Diego Sanchez
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Andre Shank
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Leslie Herman
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Muzi Branch
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Ted Randler
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Nico Cathcart
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Wendy Umanoff
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Wilson Wyllie
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Kendra Wadsworth


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