In 1994, three friends moved into the former health and music classrooms of the old Athens High School gymnasium on Meigs Street. Their landlord and mentor was James Herbert, Professor Emeritus of Drawing and Painting at the University of Georgia, under whom each of them had studied experimental filmmaking. They were Lance Bangs, Chris Bilheimer and Dan Donahue, and during their five years as roommates they created numerous projects together. Collaborating on one level or another amid the old blackboards that lined the walls, they learned new skills from each other in the fields of photography, filmmaking, and design.
Over the past 15 years, their visual work has spread from that Athens school building and been seen by millions of people worldwide. Blackboards and Smokebombs seeks to present a broad range of their work, assembled together for their first multimedia group show.
Films by Lance Bangs
Films and design by Dan Donahue
175 Polaroids by Chris Bilheimer
Date: Friday, November 12th, 2010
Location: Cine - 234 West Hancock Ave, Athens GA. www.athenscine.com
Time: Opening at 6:30 p.m.
Film: Begins at 8 p.m. with a Q&A with Lance Bangs. Additonal showings TDA.
CD’s. Shirts, posters and other design work by Chris Bilheimer
Date: Saturday, November 13th, 2010
Location: Athica Gallery - 160 Tracy St # 4, Athens, GA www.athica.org
Time: Opening 7:30 p.m.
A benefit for Nuçi’s Space
**Commemorative posters will be sold and signed work from several bands will be auctioned to benefit Nuçi’s Space.