In Transit: ARCH to showcase the award-winning artwork of Mollusk’s Adam O’Day


As Studio 52’s Allston Rock City Hall goes through the permitting process to eventually feature live music, it’s staying connected to the Boston music scene through art. Already with a few gallery showings under its belt, ARCH, as it’s known, tomorrow unveils Adam O’Day’s One For The Ditch: A Regretful Retrospective 2002 – 2014, a four-week showing that showcases the Medford-based musician and artist’s paintings through September 20.

“Adam is the perfect artist to represent ARCH as a hub of art and an outlet and community for musicians and enthusiasts, even if it’s not for live performances just yet,” says curator and gallery director Nicole Dessingue.

O’Day’s “Transit” (featured above) was named “Portrait of a City” last month by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The bright, colorful painting of Boston seen from Back Bay Station was purchased by the city to issue as a gift to visiting diplomats and other distinguished guests.


The former Great Scott employee is known for his work in bands like Before Lazers, Ugly Fucklings, and Distinguished Members. He currently sings and plays drums in sludge rock duo Mollusk.

“The works I’m featuring for One For The Ditch will tell my story as a developing artist from 2002 to 2014,” O’Day says in a presser. “I’ll show my first two oil painting and my most recent two. The viewer will see how my struggle unfolded throughout the years. Painting only what I knew and what I experienced, I battled with women, jobs, self-esteem, anxiety, and the same general hurdles most people deal with. It’s a fully illustrated diary of the past 12 years. ‘One for the ditch’ is an old saying that means let’s have one last beer before the night is over.”

In addition to O’Day’s works, which you can preview a sample of below, One For The Ditch will also feature his collaborations with the likes of Ian Sanity Tartasky, Dave Tree, and nine other artists. While the opening reception is tomorrow, the ARCH gallery will host a special sneak preview tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation for each day’s showing.


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