The Surreal Show: The Art of Steven Gamburd May 19 in Oak Park

The Surreal Show: The Art of Steven Gamburd May 19 in Oak Park

Oak Park, MI – Welcome to The Surreal Show: The Art of Steven Gamburd.  This will be the first solo art show by Gamburd in over seven years and will include a large collection of “new to the public” and older watercolor illustrations.

Since the closing of his art gallery and concert venue The Phoenix Café in Hazel Park at the end of December 2017, Gamburd has pulled together a new batch of works that were inspired by dreams.  Other new works include surreal illustrations, abstractions, figure conte crayon drawings and paintings, rock and jazz greats and on-site nature art.  Older works include various selections from the Phoenix Café themed shows dark literature, zombie, Medieval, and horror as well as weird world illustrations and abstractions on yupo and paper.

The Surreal Show will be held on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at Gallery 8700, 8700 W. Nine Mile Road, Oak Park, Michigan 48237 from 6pm until 12am.

At 10:30, music will be provided by avant garde synth pop duo Party Days.  To close out the night, Gamburd will be playing the drums with his Bangladesh psych rock quartet Abul On Fire.  Complimentary food and drink will be served from 6pm until 8pm, and afterwards, beverages will be available for purchase.  This will be an all ages event, but minors must be accompanied by an adult due to subject matter and images represented in some of these works.  The art will be on exhibit for one night only. There will be no admission fee for this exhibit.

“My dreams have become a primary inspiration for the art created over the last five years.  These dreams put into focus what I have, what I want, and my adventure into unknown territory.  The experiences have been partially therapy, work related, romantic and bizarre.  The art represented is not meant to make a statement about who I am or what I desire.  It is purposefully intended to bring to life the settings, social situations, spirituality, and uncanny adventures that were experienced in the dream realm.  This newer collection of work also focuses on my joy of improvisational painting.  Sure, there are many works that were planned out in pencil.  But there is also the excitement of happy accidents and emerging visuals that come with the medium of watercolor.  It becomes a dance and requires the attention, decision making and patience to pull out the most pleasing aesthetic possible.  Only a third of these improvisational works make it to the final stages of completion, with many of them intended to leave the subject and content open for the viewers interpretation.”

Older works can be previewed at


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