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Noted production designer teams with local rock band for ‘Servants’

March 24, 2013

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A sculptor and production designer who has worked with film iconoclasts such as Isabella Rossellini, Guy Madden, John Cameron Mitchell and James Franco will present a multi-part “art experience” in collaboration with Lawrence rock band Hospital Ships.

Andy Byers’ project, entitled “Servants,” opens from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the Invisible Hand Gallery, 846 Pennsylvania St.

Prior to the opening, Byers will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Friday’s opening will include a screening of the “Servants” music video, directed by Byers, plus an accompanying exhibit of the sculptural props, costumes and set elements he created for it — which patrons can view in person as the props come alive in the film.

Byers says his approach to materials is “the cheaper the better” except when it comes to paper, which must be flawless.

“It’s my equivalent to fine oil paints and horsehair brushes,” he said in an announcement about the project.

In perhaps his best-known work, Byers worked as costume and production designer for Rossellini’s role in the Sundance Channel’s “Green Porno” series.

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