There are a select few who still doubt Courtney Barnett’s artistic ability when it comes to her music, now there are even fewer when it comes to her as a visual artist. On Tuesday night Courtney hosted a private art viewing at Ludlow Studios featuring photos, illustrations, and other various forms of art relating to her recent album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.
The gallery wasn’t too packed, the music was bumpin’ thanks to some killer DJ sets by Torres and DJ SAD13 of Speedy Ortiz, and the mood was just causal enough to be worthy of an art showing by arguably the hottest act in the emerging rock scene of the last few years. Different artwork pieces included various illustrations similar to that of the chair/blanket drawing on her album cover, photos of in-studio action, and custom postcards each containing different notes and maybe song lyric ideas from Courtney herself.
The art show definitely helped create a new type of buzz around the already much buzzed-about artist. The Australian rocker sold out Bowery Ballroom three nights in a row back in the spring, and sold out Terminal 5 the night following her art show, as her name and music grow bigger and better. Last time we saw Courtney was about 1am in one of the tents down at Bonnaroo, and that’s way too long without a Courtney Barnett show in my opinion.
Article: Tom Shackleford