By Raymundo Muñoz

In an “ode to the modern man,” Love Gallery presents “Lightning Blend,” a truly potent combination of artists from across the country and beyond. Curated by gallery co-owner and artist Tom Bond, “Lightning Blend” takes its name from an Atmosphere track to describe a mixture of talents that will right knock your socks off. And it does. Culling local talents the likes of Scott LeFavor, Mike Graves, Mario Zoots, Paul Michel, Matt Schiel, Sam Turner, Sarah Michaels, Travis Hetman, and John Fellows and blending all that up with some of Bond’s favorite New York (Scott Teplin, Ian Ferguson, Sara Zahedi, Nick Shelton, Jacques Bartel), Toronto (Elyse Saunders, Brian Donnelly), LA (Austin England), Oakland (Cannon Dill), Chicago (Tyler Krasowski), England (Ornamental Conifer, Bruce Parker), and Portland (Tobias P Lee, Dominic De Venuta, Jack Graydon, Jon MacNair)-based artists, it’s a wild group of styles and subject matter that–unpretentious and irreverent–hits you good and strong, signifying well what Love Gallery is all about. Back to the song, though, I leave you with a quote that seems an apt artistic call-to-arms, describing the vibe of this show better than I can: “One or two lumps and some cream/Call the team for the gathering/Bring mics and turntables/Let’s do our thing.” “Lightning Blend” is on display at Love Gallery Jan. 16-Feb.13. Photos are from the opening reception.   

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“It’s Better Than A Stick In The Eye” by Scott LeFavor

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 Works by Elyse Saunders

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 Works by Austin England

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 “Oil Slick” by Cannon Dill

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 “Broken Face” by Scott LeFavor

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 “Untitled” by Brian Donnelly

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 “Broken Eggs In My Coat Pocket” by Nick Shelton

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 “Renee Zellweger’s New Face” by Jack Graydon

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 Works by Jacques Bartels

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 Works by Tom Bond

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 Works by Jon MacNair (left) and Bruce Parker (right)

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Curator Tom Bond