With school getting back into full swing, heavy loads of homework and studies, and the cold weather settling in, life can become flat and uninspiring. That is why I advocate that you all attend UW-Parkside’s galleries, where they’re currently hosting two excellent art shows. It will surely put a smile on your face and spark inspiration, as it did for me. Both feature a collection of beautiful and genius comic art. One gallery spotlights the comic art of local artists and the star Denis Kitchen and other national cartoonists.
The first exhibit, the Local Underground Comics exhibition features four talented, local artists: David Beyer, Jeff Moddy, Jerry Belland and Kristopher Pollard. It is located in the Foundation Gallery in Rita D101.
David Beyer’s is one of the local cartoonist and and an illustrator. In the gallery, his featured work is titled “Ballyho.” It is a stunning and emotion-filled graphic novel illustrated with pen and ink. The story is set in a 1955 circus. The main character is an eighteen year old girl, Mary Jo, who’s part of a freak show!
Jeff Moody is another local artist that runs a music review comic strip called “Stripwax,” which he began in 2000, and is featured in this gallery.The strip runs on music websites in US and Canada and in various weekly newspapers.
The third artist highlighted is Kpolly or Kristopher Pollard. This local illustrator and artist lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The gallery show cases 21 of his stunningly intricate pen and ink portraits of fictitious hip-hop rappers, entitled “Fake A$$ Rappers.” Each portrait coincides with a delightful and comically brief poem.
The final local artist featured is Jerry Belland. The gallery presents his colorful and vivid “Scott Walker in Hell” series. His political satire is illustrated with ink and acrylic, and sure to delight. If you could not already tell by his subject matter, Balland is a Racine, Wisconsin artist. He also is accomplished in writing and has had many of his works published.
The Local Underground Comics exhibition runs from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30. I highly recommend you stop by and see the joyful and funny work of these local artists. The opening reception is on Thursday night, Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.
The second exhibition is “The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen.” The exhibit stars comic artist and Wisconsin native, Denis Kitchen and features a number of other national cartoonists like Al Capp, Will Eisner and Robert Crumb. Each artist’s work is delightful, brilliant, funny and is a must see. The exhibit is in the Fine Arts Gallery located in Rita D129. The gallery is open from Aug. 1 to Oct. 10. The opening reception is on Thursday Sept. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m., where Denis Kitchen will be presenting from 6:30 to 7:15 and Michael Schumacher at 7:30 to 8:30. Earlier that day, there will also be a panel discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m.! I encourage all of you to attend!
Article by Liv Gripko