The staggering blow might have buckled the fainthearted, but Golen was determined to not pull the plug on the lineup of artists scheduled for this Saturday's "Live! Nude! $6 T-bones!" show. It will feature works by Mitch O'Connell, Kirsten Easthope, Derek Yaniger, and Ewik (Eric Rider).
O'Connell's work has been featured in Newsweek, and his tattoo designs are a fixture on the walls of tattoo parlors worldwide. Easthope is known for glam pin-up paintings on vintage bowling pins, and her sultry femme fatales have graced everything from custom Fender guitars to Rocketbuster cowboy boots. Yaniger's hillbilly chic regularly pops up anywhere from Marvel Comics to the Cartoon Network, and Ewik has showcased his pieces through genre shows like Glamourcon, VAMP, and Comic Con.
Derek Yaniger's Whistle Bait: Smokin' but not burnt.
"Live! Nude! $6 T-bones!": Opens at 7 p.m. January 12 and runs through February 2. Harold Golen Gallery, 314 NW 24th St, Miami; 305-989-3359, www.haroldgolengallery.com.
Golen will organize a fundraiser in February at his temporary locale and might even exhibit some of the seared remains of the paintings if insurers permit him. "This has all been very last-minute. I'm still figuring out how to organize a benefit for the artists using the pieces that can't be restored," he says.
For the event, Olsen hopes to exhibit a painting he finished in 2006 that was unscathed. Hurricane Season: Saint Genevieve Brings Relief depicts the sixth-century ascetic French nun in a cherry picker, raining blessings over storm-ravaged modern homes. "She's the patron saint of disasters," Olsen laughs.