F O R  I M M E D I A T E  R E L E A S E

New York City, January 1998

ECHO, New York City's oldest and best-established online service, and its Art Conference are proud to present its continued series of exhibitions at the "Echo Galleries" with a group show entitled "ECHOED IMAGES."

As with previous exhibits, this show features the work of some of Echo's most prominent members and best kept secrets: the evocative photographs of Stephen Berg (aka Berg Man of Alcatraz); the digital prints of musician and self-taught artist Hugh Haggerty (aka Hugo Braque); the musical and literal accordion books of M.R.Petit (aka merpy); the original promotional artwork done for Dean Johnson niteclub events by cartoonist Leslie Sternbergh (aka mrs. hippie queen); and the clocks and woodworkings of digital artist Janet Tingey.

The ART Conference is about art, and other forms of self-conscious, intentional, rarefied, or mass cultural production. It's for artists, critics, professionals, amateurs, voyeurs, and people who think they don't know anything about it. Sample discussions include: "Your Own Movement, Your Own Manifesto"; "Technology, New Media & The Arts"; "Artists: What are you working on right now?"; and "Why don't I go to galleries anymore?"

It is hosted by Matthew Ehrlich, Bill Gibbons and M.R. Petit. Ehrlich (aka oedipa) works for MTV Networks and is a candidate for a PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism at MIT. Many talented developing artists honed their drawing skills with their depictions of his naked bum. Gibbons (aka wastrel) is a painter and proprietor of his mural house. He says of his own work: "When you see a face or figure in one of my paintings you've gotten the whole point of it." Petit (aka merpy) is a multi-media artist and educator who teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. She is currently abandoning art to pursue her accordion studies.

Please join us for the Opening Reception on Thursday, January 29th from 6-8 pm at the Echo Communications Offices, 179 Franklin Street, 4th floor New York, NY 10013.

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