J.D. Rice show­cases his art at the Vel­vet Mill

The Day - - DAYBREAK - — Rick Koster

Do not be con­fused by the Vel­vet Un­der­ground Stu­dio in Ston­ing­ton’s Vel­vet Mill. It is not the record­ing space where Lou Reed, Ster­ling Mor­ri­son, Mo Tucker and John Cale recorded such ground­break­ing al­bums as “White Light/White Heat.” Or, for that mat­ter, the one with Warho­lian model Nico.

Rather, it’s a brand new art and per­for­mance venue in Ston­ing­ton’s Vel­vet Mill, a one-stop en­clave of artists, antique en­thu­si­asts and so on. The Vel­vet Un­der­ground Stu­dio will serve as a gallery, live mu­sic venue and event space — and on Fri­day, with a re­cep­tion from 6 to 8 p.m., they cel­e­brate a new ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing the works of J.D. Rice. The tri­par­tite show, “J.D. Rice: Three Per­spec­tives,” con­tains over 70 works di­vided into “Por­traits” (“Henri” is shown here), “Bod­ies on the Line” col­lab­o­ra­tions with artist Sonili Sugiyama, and “Mex­ico City Blues: 242 Cho­ruses,” based on po­ems by Jack Ker­ouac.

Rice, who has stu­dios in New York City and Ston­ing­ton and splits his time be­tween, stud­ied at Stan­ford, the Men­do­cino Arts Cen­ter and the School of Vis­ual Arts in New York. His work, which con­tains in­flu­ences from Pi­casso, Pol­lock, Warhol, Kahlo and Mex­i­can folk art, has been ex­hib­ited in the Na­tional Arts Club and Far­rah Damji Gal­leries in New York, Mys­tic Mu­seum of Art, Beef Gallery in San Fran­cisco, Avon­dale Arts Cen­ter in Rhode Is­land, and many oth­ers.

The show runs through July 30 at the Vel­vet Un­der­ground Stu­dio, 22 Bayview Ave., Ston­ing­ton. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Visit Face­book.com/Vel­ve­tun­der­ground­stu­dio.

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