Birds of Mars Video ShowScenes and Music for Films 

Birds of Mars Video Show #15 click here to view … Birds of Mars Trio at Wild Chestnut Cafe, Florence, MA. September 24, 2022: Sir Cecil–drums, Michael Suter–bass, Chris Gentes–Sax.

Birds of Mars Video Show #14 click here to view … In this video show I sit in with the “Vox Pop Family Tribe” at the Liberal Arts Pop Up Shop, Northampton, Ma. 9/17/22.

Birds of Mars Video Show #13 click here to view … “George of Florence and the Chalk Fest”. Music: Piano sketches of forms for Birds of Mars Set One.

Birds of Mars Video Show #12 click here to viewThe Plague Doctor (2019). Featuring Lynn Meixler & Tommy. Art Director: Sage Meadow. Written & Directed by Chris Gentes. Piano soundtrack with improvisations on original theme, and variations on compositions by Beethoven, Bach and Satie performed by Chris Gentes.

Birds of Mars Video Show #11 click here to view …All 92 paintings from the “8 by 10 Series” [2021-2011] are shown in this video. Piano music by Chris Gentes.

Birds of Mars Video Show #10 click here to view …Billy McNally & “Oklahoma Sue” sing a few.

Birds of Mars Video Show #9 click here to view …Scenes from the graffiti wall at Hampshire College. First cartoons in the Noho Pop style. Music by the Noho Pop Jazz Band.

Birds of Mars Video Show #8 click here to view …Three shows I saw.

Birds of Mars Video Show #7 click to view … A soundtrack of relaxing piano improvisations. No talking. Video of the moon, an old organ photo essay, animations, light experiments, nohopop color mixing study, & creative writing.

Birds of Mars Video Show #6 click to view … First Animation * Theme Song (version 6) * Amazing Sunset*  Found a Piano * Girafa Update (Street Art) * Cosmic Gas Station Ensemble (Florence June 2019) * Atco Records (1970) * Piano Improvisations *

Birds of Mars Video Show #5 click to watch … featuring A Robin’s Nest, The History of Birds of Mars Digest (#1-5), piano improvisations, Spontaneous Musical Performance photo montage from the Wurst Haus, 6/22/22. Kaylita-vocals, Sir Cecil-guitar, Conga Bob-percussion, Chris Gentes-tenor sax. Cameo appearances by Ryan and Lucas.

Birds of Mars Video Show #4 click to watch…  featuring *** Sam Gas Can performing at Feeding Tube Records, King Street (2011). *** “Video Diaries” — spontaneous improvisational acting with Kaylita and Lucas. *** Painting [84 Vivace] in progress. *** Reading comments from Digest Number Seven about 04 Used Books. ***  Nature footage–Red-winged Blackbird & Herons. Videography, Editing & Music by Chris Gentes.

Birds of Mars Video Show #3 click to watch …* Woodland swamp animals * [03 Pearl street] a painting from the “8 by 10 Series”. Comments read from the Birds of Mars Digest Number Seven. * A painting in progress [83 Notes]. *From the video vault–“Birds of Earth–Owl in flight” (2021) * “TagoVid-3” photo journal of street art.

Birds of Mars Video Show #2 click to watch …Bee and clover, Spoken Word Sound Montage – A quote by Michalangelo Antonioni, Moon Footage, [82 Bach], From the Vault–Birds of Mars at the Parlor Room–December 2018, “TagoVid-2” photo journal of street art. Soundtrack music, video & editing by Chris Gentes.

Birds of Mars Video Show #1 click to watch  …Heron Nest, Spontaneous acting with Kaylita and Joe, [81 Allegro Impetuoso], TagoVid1. Videography, editing & original music by Chris Gentes.



Birds of Mars Digest

(2020-present): A usually monthly digital publication documenting my arts, music and film related activity. Occasional interviews about music and other topics are included.

Number Sixteen (September-October 2022)
—Noho Pop Paintings [53-69]
—Drawings [200-255]
Video Show #13-15

Number Fifteen (August 2022)
—The “8 by 10 Series” Concludes
—All Noho Pop through August 31, 2022
—Video Show #10-12

Number Fourteen (June-July 2022)
—Cruella Paintings
—Video Show #2-9

Number Thirteeen (May 2022)
—Music Paintings [75-81]
—Video Show #1

Number Twelve (March & April 2022)
—Sternum Boxes, Music Paintings & Poe & Hemmingway [62-73]

Number Eleven (February 2022)
—“Colorcubes” [50-61] with comments by Chris Gentes
—Lighting Tests

Number Ten (January 2022)
—The 8 by 10 Series of paintings [41-49] with comments by Chris Gentes

Number Nine (December 2021)
—The 8 by 10 Series of paintings [33-40] with comments by Chris Gentes
—Conversations about music with Daniel Wininger and Kat Alexander.

Number Eight (November 2021)
—The 8 by 10 Series of paintings [19, 25-32] with comments by Chris Gentes
—Conversations about music with Tommy Twilite and Sam Gas Can.

Number Seven (Apr-Oct 2021) (first digital issue)
—The History of the Birds of Mars Digest
—The 8 by 10 Series of paintings [01-24] with comments by Chris Gentes
—The 12×12″ series of paintings [01-37] with comments by Chris Gentes
—City Collaboration (2013) with Sam Gas Can

Birds of Mars Digest #1 through 6 were printed in low numbers. Very rare.


Other Writing

 The Birds of Mars Reader (2019). Documents the creation of a series of paintings and various activities related to a 2019 Birds of Mars performance.

The “Alt Lit Library” (2020): Seven Books Written in Seven Months.
The Two Week Book, Alt Lit Now!, The Door in the Woods, Ghost Town, Coffee Coffee, Movieland, and Seven Movie Scripts.


Chris Gentes
413.588.1040
ChrisGentesArt@gmail.com

Selected Art Exhibitions/Video/Events

1991-1994 Planet 3.9 Video Show, BNN-3, Boston Cable. A weekly video arts show. Producer, editor.
1992 Lamproneiro: Art & the Lucid Dream, Fine Art Exhibition with the BVC at FRB Gallery, Boston. Artist.
1993 Mona Lisa Project, Moraine Gallery,  Jamaica Plain. Artist.
1995 Frontierism: A Return to Culture, Transportation Building, Boston. Director, producer, artist.
1996 Somakatologian: Mind Physics, Group Exhibition with the Boston Visionary Cell. Artist.
1998 Group Exhibition including Paul Laffoley, Mark Bode at Pahana Gallery, Northampton. Curator, Artist.
1999 Retrospective of paintings at Pahana Gallery, Northampton. Artist.
2005 Bird photography exhibition with 17 exhibitors at Forbes Library. Concept, curator, photographer.
2010 “Best of Cottage Street” Easthampton Plein Air Festival. Artist.
2011 Scenes of Northampton at the Woodstar Cafe. Artist.
2012 “Dreamscapes” at Woodstar Cafe. Artist
2013 “Piece of Cake” Group exhibition at FOE Gallery, Northampton. Artist.
2013 “Recent Stencil Art” at Salon 241. Artist
2014 Dust Bunny Exhibition for Cirque/Meat for Tea. Group exhibition. Curator, Artist.
2014 “Recent Work” Sam’s Pizza. Artist.
2016 “Changing” Group show Greenfield Community Center. Artist.
2017 Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton. Exhibitor.
2018 Birds of Mars Multi-Media Event, The Parlor Room, Northampton. Organizer, filmmaker, musician.
2019 Birds of Mars Multi-Media Event, The Deuce, Northampton. Organizer, filmmaker, musician.
2019 Birds of Mars, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton. Organizer, filmmaker, musician.
2022 The Birds of Mars Video Show. Scenes & Music for Films. A weekly documentary of interesting things.

Selected Publications

1996–1997 Shape of Art/Art Now. Zine format.
2010 “Fourteen Watercolors of Vegetables and Fruits” Art catalog of recent series.
2011—2014 TagoZine, Street Art photo journal (digital only). Publisher, editor, photographer, writer.
2012 “Northampton Dreamscapes” Art catalog for Woodstar show.
2016—2017 Modern Pochoir. Art catalogs for a series of artworks using an airbrush.
2019 “The Birds of Mars Reader” A book about the Birds of Mars multi-media project. Edition of 20.
2020 “The Alt Lit Library” A series of collectible ‘art books’, each written in two weeks. Editions of 50.
2020—2021 Birds of Mars Digest (printed). Editions of 50.
2021—present Birds of Mars Digest (digital). A publication which documents all of my artistic activities.

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