08 June 2010
7 Evils in One Opening
The title 7 Evils in One! is derived from the work of American artist and comic book illustrator Robert Crumb (Fritz the Cat, Mr Natural). Crumb’s work is widely recognised for it’s distinctive style and subversive, satirical content.
In 1994 Kitchen Sink Press commissioned Robert Crumb to design the packaging of a chocolate bar using his character, “Devil Girl”. On the back of the wrapper of Devil Girl Choco Bar the ingredients were listed:
7 Evils in One! 1-Delicious Taste; 2-Quick, cheap buzz;
3-Bad for your health; 4-Leads to hard drugs;
5-Waste of money; 6-Made by sleazy businessmen;
The above tongue-in-cheek anti-marketing statement sets the scene for what to expect from these seven artists. With a range of popular culture influences from; comic books, cartoons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Spiderman, basketball cards, heavy metal paraphernalia, toys from the 70’s and all things mystical and psychedelic, these artists revel in childhood fantasies whilst poking fun at Western culture.
Brooklyn artist James Blagden is inspired by popular culture and it's many diverse sub-sects. His major clients include the New York Times, MTV, Vice and Nike.
Kelie is the founder of Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn. She uses her time drawing, painting, making murals and killing time at Cinders gallery.
Cougar Flashy was born in Illinois and now lives in Melbourne. He is forever drawing, creating comics, writing songs and collaborating with friends.
Canadian artist Patrick Kyle is the founder of Wowee Zonk a comic book anthology featuring contemporary comic strips by Toronto artists. His clients include Vice and Rice paper magazine.
Melbourne artist Michael Fikaris paints and illustrates. He has self-published his own Froth comic since 1991 and is the founder of Silent Army a publicationshowcasing the work of young emerging artists.
Joanna is a Melbourne based illustrator. Her focus on characters ranges from human portraits, depictions of animals and the creation of letters. She has illustrated for the National Gallery of Victoria.
Melbourne’s Mark Silipo is the man behind Magic Sweater. He is a freelance illustrator and maker of zines. His self-published zine is called Teen Vomit.
Curated by: Louise Klerks
No Vacancy Gallery
34–40 Jane Bell Lane, QV
Opening night: Thursday 10th June: 6:00pm ‐ 9:00pm
Exhibition Runs Untill: 11th June – 24th June
Monday: Gallery Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00am - 5:00pm