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CHUCK VARGA
email: cvarga@earthlink.net phone: 718.472.2627 cell: 718.909.5607

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2005-Present Scenic Artist Local USA-829
Hudson Scenic Studios, Gotham Scenic, CBS, Showman and others
Sculpted and painted scenery for The Wedding Siinger, Spamalot on Tour, Pajama Game, Cars (Pixar), Spiderman III, and many other productions.

2001-2005 Joachem & Meeh Special Effects Brooklyn, NY
Effects Technician/Rental Manager
Responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining and managing equipment inventory.
  • Set-up and operate effects for clients.
  • Create rentable show packages for various effects such as fog, rain, mist, steam, haze, imitation fire, replica weapons and blood effects.
  • Upgrading computerized inventory and rental system and overseeing shipping and receiving, outgoing rentals and incoming returns.
  • Repair and upgrade equipment.
  • Design, fabrication, and implementation of custom special effects (atmospheric effects, pyrotechnics, and others) for photography, film, and theater.
  • Supervisor of building operations. Set-up and organized warehousing for equipment, managed traffic and implemented safety measures. Responsible for all equipment and facilities throughout the building.

2000-2001 ABS Art Effects, Brooklyn NY Puppet and Costume Fabricator

  • Molded, cast, and assembled custom figures for Blue Man Group, The Lion King, Where the Wild Things Are, and other productions.

1998-2000 ATTA, Inc., New York NY
Prop Fabricator
Responsibilities included:

  • Maintaining shop
  • Assisting in fabrication, mold making, casting, and finishing life cast figures, custom cast props, and architectural moldings.

1995-1998 Hyperreal Productions, Richmond VA
Co-Founder and Partner

  • Designed and fabricated custom figures and props for fine art and film

1985-2000 GWAR/Slave Pit, Inc. Richmond, VA
Founding Member, Art Director

  • Specialized in script writing, production management, character design, large-scale creature costumes, and stage scenery. Performed over a thousand shows of the theatrical rock band GWAR in the US and Europe.

RECENT PERFORMANCES OF SEXECUTIONER

1999-2000 GWARMAGEDDON TOUR

  • Dec 31- Denver CO, Ogden Theater
  • Oct 12- Cincinnati OH, Bogart's
  • Oct 22- Portland OR, Roseland
  • Oct 23- Seattle WA, DV8
  • Oct 25- Salt Lake City UT, Horticulture Bldg
  • Oct 28- Milwaukee WI, The Rave Oct 29- Cleveland OH, Agora Theatre
  • Oct 30- Detroit MI, Harpo's
  • Oct 31- Chicago IL, Riviera Theatre
  • Nov 1- Minneapolis MN, 1st Ave
  • Nov 3- Pittsburgh PA, Metropol
  • Nov 4- Philadelphia PA, Electric Factory
  • Nov 5- Washington DC, 9:30 Club

OTHER RECENT PERFORMANCES
2003 Flopsy Bleats Appreciatively Lit Lounge, NYC

SELECT VIDEOS
1997 Rendezvous with Ragnarock
1996 The Return of Techno Desctructo
1994 Skulhedface

SELECT EXHIBITIONS
2003 GWAR Retrospective Fuse Gallery, NYC
2001 Biolante, Artemisia Gallery Chicago, IL
2000 Graphic Art Exhibition, Monk Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2000 Carumba, Permanent Sculpture, Pier 25, New York, NY
2000 The Leacheate Sculpture Exhibition Monk Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1997 Special Effects (animatronic Skulhedface mask), Virginia Science Museum, Richmond, VA

EDUCATION
1978-1982 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
History of Art, Minor in Graphic Design

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • NYC Certificate of Fitness for handling cryogenic gases
  • Skilled with plastics, rubber, foam, and other synthetic compounds, as well as wood, plaster, and metal.
  • Experienced in scenic treatments and set building.
  • Soft-sculpting, mold-making, custom prosthetics, and life casts.
  • Skilled in budget preparation.
  • Comfortable with both Macintosh and PC, knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, MS Word, Rental Point, R2.
  • Skilled manual illustrator.
  • Familiar with a wide range of Special Effects Equipment: Lights, Fog, Pyro, Rain, Snow, Mist, Confetti, Wind, Pyrotechnics, Weapons, Gore effects, Rigging, Special Lights.

 

References available upon request