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The Face Zone

April 15, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Face Zone at Artomatic 2017

The Face Zone (Martin Graff) is a spoken-word act of poetic-prose vignettes with matching illustrations shown on a large screen. Topics range from the stigma of liking scrapple to the meaning of life. What connects the pieces is that they all start with an image of a face—human, animal, alien, abstract—to prompt reaction and thought. The show concludes with a solo piano performance. Graff’s imaginative humor, insightful commentary, and unconventional artwork offer a uniquely engaging respite that cuts through the noise of our information-age lives with concise, essential truths certain to entertain and inspire lasting reflection. The Face Zone: Surreal daydreams to trip your imagination…

About The Face Zone & Its Artist:

It started in childhood. To amuse the five-year-old me, my father drew a face on the inside bottom of a large water thermos that he used for tennis. When you looked into the empty container, you could see a deep, swollen, horizontal slit at the end where the halves of the plastic mold came together. With a long pencil, Dad drew two black circles above the slit, now a “mouth,” and my imagination was triggered: the resulting expression was weird, cute, and mildly foreboding all at once. That simple, neutral water bottle became a sentient oddity for me to compose a strange and entertaining backstory. I’ve been at it ever since, finding unexpected narratives and messages in the ordinary details around me.

Learn more:  www.thefacezone.com


April 15, 2017
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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4th Floor Stage