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MANCHESTER — Goons is returning to Manchester for the Goons Gala on Saturday and promises an art show opening and a party you don’t want to miss.

The opening will be at 7 p.m. at Helmholz Fine Art, where the night promises energy and excitement with a live DJ and costumes.

Goons, the artist name for a 35-year-old Burr and Burton Academy graduate and Manchester resident, got his start on the streets of Chicago.

While many of Manchester know the man behind Goons, like the famous artist Banksy, Goons wants his work to speak for itself without anything getting in the way.

The Goons style features bright color, bold expression and the ever-present Goons’ signature lips.

Those lips grew a reputation that jumped from the streets into galleries — including Art Basel — homes and private collections, as well as into the commercial realm where Goons art was used by Wrigley’s Gum, Red Bull and Nike for the company’s flagship Jordan store in Chicago.

The art has made the pages of the New York Times, XXL, Spin and Paste magazine, as well as used by indie bands for album cover art, set designs and more.

One of those artists, DJ Electro Couture will be playing live for Saturday’s crowd, as the opening is a combination art event, dance party and community celebration.

I think it will be a really great time,” Goons said. “Last time there was a dance party that went well into the night. Dressing up and having a great time. Getting people out and having fun is part of the experience I want to create.”

The dress code for the event is art, glamour, expression, surrealism, avant-garde, the weird and wonderful.

The reason for the gathering, however, is the art, and Goons said attendees will see the next step in his artistic growth as he steps back into the streets bringing found objects along.

Many of the pieces in this show will be a combination of found pieces and street art as Goons sees it as a return to the streets after transitioning away.

Goons said he has spent much of the past two years in the Albany and Troy area and all over Vermont.

The resulting multimedia pieces will allow collectors to take a piece of the streets into their home.

“It’s not about a blank white canvas,” Goons said, adding that many of these pieces are not framed rectangles, but a lot of shapes and sizes, yet “You can bring it home and hang it on your wall.”

Goons said the work includes a lot of cultural references and combinations of different genres and vibes.

“You’re going to see primal characters,” Goons said.

He said he’s excited to see the work displayed in the pristine space at the Helmholz gallery with the great lighting.

“The space, very clean and well-lit, is perfect for looking at objects,” Goons said. “It elevates it and changes the meaning of it. Every item takes on its own presence in a space like hers. Each piece will hold its own presence.”

All work will be for sale with prices beginning in the affordable range and climbing into the tens of thousands of dollars for larger pieces.

“I try to stay accessible,” Goons said. “I want to make it available to younger collectors who want to add a piece.”

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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