PhilaMOCA to Present Celebration of the group Sparks featuring Artist Submissions

Posted by Billyjam, August 1, 2012 05:27pm | Post a Comment

Sparks "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" (1974 from Kimono My House)

The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art
(aka PhilaMOCA) is presenting a tribute to the group Sparks on October 6th titled Sparkstacular. In addition to an evening entirely dedicated to the music and career of the Sparks' brothers Ron and Russell Mael, the event will also include Sparks related art submissions (visual and musical) from artists who send in work over the next seven weeks to be chosen by the curator for inclusion in the exhibit. Apparently PhilaMOCA's director/curator Eric Bresler is an obsessive Sparks fan who not only has every release by the duo throughout their long & varied career that began in 1971 but also travels around the world to catch his favorite band perform live. Over the years he has seen Sparks play in such cities as London, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Los Angeles.

The one-day only Sparkstacular event will feature a Sparks-themed art show/memorabilia reception followed by live performances of Sparks songs from local musicians and a screening of rare Sparks performance footage and television appearances presented by Video Pirates. And Bresler is inviting artists to submit Sparks-related work "that either depicts the brothers Mael or was inspired by their work."  Submissions are due by Friday, September 22nd with a submission fee of $25 per artwork. The PhilaMOCA is inviting musicians with an admiration for the music of Sparks to reach out and reserve their spot in the parade of live Sparks covers.

“I know they’re a niche band and I won’t be surprised if the turnout is just me and a few musicians.  Honestly, this is the most excited I’ve been about an event since I took over PhilaMOCA six months ago,” said Bresler who will personally accept all submissions that, he told me via email today, "are open to the world. I just had a stained glass window  submission from an artist out of Detroit.  Submissions outside of Philadelphia must be mailed in a container that the piece(s) can be easily repackaged in and return shipping costs must be supplied."

Sparks "Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth" (1974 from Propaganda )

Sparks "The Ghost of Liberace" (1994 from Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins)

As a Sparks fanatic I was curious as to what Bresler's top three favorite Sparks songs were? He told me they are, ""Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth," "The Ghost of Liberace," and "Sherlock Holmes"
which I recently saw them perform live for the first time at the Two Hands, One Mouth [tour] kickoff in London. Amazing show!"

If you are interested in making a submission beforehand contact the curator via email for exact details at And for more information on PhilaMOCA click here.

Sparks "Sherlock Holmes" (1982 from Angst In My Pants)

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