By Raymundo Muñoz
When you’re a kid, everything is possible. Childhood is the bridge between fantasy and reality–a kind of near-delirious quantum state of energy and imagination that inevitably stabilizes and settles into some kind of real-world identity. But until then the kids occupy their own world. Ten Hundred, Wey, and Zach Kuhlman tap into this fervent state with their “Masks & Mischief” show at the newly relocated Love Gallery.
Each artist brings colorful and inventive cartoonish characters to the mix, but differ significantly in style and approach. Denver artist Wey‘s characters are graphic, ghoulish, and brazen–kind of like Slimer from Ghostbusters; while those of fellow local Zachary Kuhlman are subdued, yet visceral and macabre in their strange animal imagery. The work of Seattle’s Ten Hundred, however, perhaps embodies the show’s title the best: kids (presumably) dressed in wild animal/alien costumes engaging in pesky play. Imagine Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are in 3000 A.D. Japan. Or really just Japan now. Irreverent and fun, “Masks & Mischief” is a lively first official exhibition for Love Gallery (which is now on Colfax) and just maybe a sign of things to come. On display Aug. 15-Sept. 16.
“Facade” by Zachary Kuhlman
“Masht” by Ten Hundred
“Sacrifice” by Zachary Kuhlman
“Dag-Az-Ce-Dod” by Zachary Kuhlman
“The Royal We” by Ten Hundred
“Royals” by Ten Hundred