A picture may be worth a thousand words but for Danny Clinch [below right], a thousand images of music icons has translated into the launch of a gallery space at The Asbury, the city’s newest boutique hotel and entertainment venue.
Entitled Transparent, well defining the glass encompassed box space that features eerily insightful looks at the entertainers fans have launched into stardom, the gallery is yet another addition to the creative entertainment offerings at the Fifth Avenue venue and a respectful nod to the creative community that helped spark the city’s revitalization.
“A collaboration with Danny seemed like a natural fit to activate the space,” iStar Senior Vice President of Land and Development Brian Cheripka [owner of The Asbury] told triCity News Jason Thomson in a Dec. 8 article. “As most people in Asbury Park know, Clinch has a deeply rooted history in the city and represents what makes the community special – art, music, and an eclectic spirit and soul.”
Clinch, a Toms River native who began his career as an intern for Annie Leibovitz, is known for his unobtrusive style. His photographs have been featured in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Spin and The New York Times. He is also known 2007 directorial work on “Immagine in Cornice,” a documentary of Pearl Jam’s 2006 Italian tour and portion of Bruce Springsteen’s Devils & Dust DVD box-set.
On Saturday, an opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. to commemorate the rare pairing of Clinch’s art and memorabilia with local vintage mid century furniture purveyors Tina Kerekes and Lamar Vannoy.
While all items on display will be available for sale, the opportunity to meet and speak with the collaborative minds behind this unique venture will be an added bonus. Live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a special appearance from Clinch are a part of the event lineup.
For the famed subjects of Clinch’s work as a music industry photographer, Transparency or the ability to walk among a crowd undetected is a rare commodity. But Clinch has managed to do so as he’s captured images of everyone from Johnny Cash in a moment of contemplation before a concert, showed us the bond that BB King had with his guitar, and Tupac shirtless during a wardrobe change, which became one of the most iconic covers ever for Rolling Stone.
In commenting on choosing Asbury Park to showcase his work, Clinch said in a written statement, “Asbury Park has always been about music to me. And also a lot about vibe. AP has a great vibe. Boardwalk, ocean, sand, culture, surf, art and music. What’s not to love.”
And in a Facebook post, Clinch wrote: Transparent is a place where you can escape reality and live in the art and music scene.
The gallery, located 210 Fifth Avenue at the corner of Kingsley Street, is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Sunday through April 17.
[Photos courtesy of iStar]
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