Yoohoo & Donuts
group show of APE artists
April 9 - April 30, 2005
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9, 7-11pm
This group show of a selection of artists participating in the Alternative Press Expo features Lee Ballard, Jerome Opena, Wayshak, Alex Pardee, Robert Bowen, Dave Correia, Sean Andress, Brad Isdrab, Lucien Shapiro, and Jahkeeli Garnett. All are artists in their mid to late twenties working in the milieus of illustration and comic book art. These artists are heavily influenced by 80's culture and have a zeal for drawing, rendering and sculpting their world in anti-heroic terms that borders on the surreal. "It is her inspiration that keeps us excited. She is stunningly beautiful, yet ruthlessly cruel. Our art reflects her true nature. It is because of this, we dedicate our show to Martha Stewart." Martha Stewart was not available for comment on art, Yoohoo, donuts, or cryptic universes, which is probably "a good thing."
Among the participating artists, Jonathan Wayshak is known for a furious pen and ink cross-hatching style and points to Francis Bacon as an influence.
Alex Pardee's humor comes through either despite of or because of disfiguring his characters or celebrities with a bloody lampoon style in pieces that show Tom Cruise as the only adult survivor of Progeria. His world is a cruel place where buck-toothed innocence conspires in its own gleeful self-destruction, as in the Bunnywith series.
Jerome Opeña's self-published book, Rusted Lung, brought him to the attention of Dark Horse Comics where he was responsible for Lone. He dabbles in mainstream comics as well as in the alternative press and is known for his rangy take on characters that mimic the look of Cinemascope.