This week we tried something a little different. A couple weeks ago Jonathan Bastian interviewed Marc Murphy, the editorial cartoonist for the Courier Journal, about his style and process as an event to pair with the On the Strip exhibit at PUBLIC gallery. This week’s show paired clips from that interview with a few songs inspired by his political cartoons.
Marc Murphy’s editorial cartoons are published 5 times each week in the Louisville Courier-Journal and at courier-journal.com. They are reproduced in Gannett newspapers around the country. He is also a practicing trial attorney in federal and state courts. His mother was an accordion player and his father hosted dance parties on TV, and it is entirely possible his art is an effort to deal with this. It is, at a minimum, not out of the question.
He was raised in Northeastern Kentucky, attended Notre Dame, served in the Army in Germany and Central America, and held political office in Louisville. He is a liberal. Or a progressive. Or both.
Whether it’s wood, bronze, clay or oil pencil, Lockhart is well known for his highly individual style that blends humor, irony, and fantasy to unsettle our usual view of the world and of art itself. In his most recent collection of drawings, Lockhart continues his life-long fascination with the humorous and the irreverent, and the absurd, by stretching the limits of imagination with a vibrant, colorful never-never land where a fish can swim out of a man’s necktie, and ferns can grow into fingers.
Lockhart’s own artistic roots can be traced to the renowned Hairy Who of Chicago, a group of highly creative artists with whom he studied, who forged a reputation for creating cartoony worlds of humor, irreverence, and fantasy to comment on the human condition. “Creativity comes from being frustrated by the things we see in the world around us,” says Lockhart, who taught at Bellarmine University for more than 40 years. “Art is a way of getting those feelings out, of expressing those frustrations.”
“Musings,” a solo exhibit of Lockhart’s recent drawings and clay sculptures will open November 20 at Pyro Gallery, 909 East Market Street, Louisville, Kentucky. An opening reception for the artist will be held on February 21 from 5-9 p.m. Lockhart will also give an artist’s gallery talk at Pyro Gallery on March 15 at Noon. The public is invited.
This week we welcomed Victor Sweatt onto PUBLIC. He selected one of his works, “Sacred Waters” and helped us with the playlist as well! He says, “Created in watercolor and colored pencil, “Sacred Waters” is about the cleansing of the spirit. Water is formless but has many characteristics such as stillness, but there is also a constant flow that can wear down the rocks of river banks or in heavy volumes move whatever is in its path or simply go around it. I perceive spirituality is the same way, being formless and able to adapt to any condition that arises. In this picture I have several figures achieving stillness and letting things be as they become part of the spiritual waters simply moving through life.”
Victor’s work is currently on display at Metro Hall, Wayside Expressions Gallery, and at the downtown Bristol. There will be a reception at Wayside Gallery (120 W Broadway) this Sunday from 2-4PM. You can see more here.
This week we welcomed Mo McKnight Howe to the show. Mo is the owner of Louisville’s Revelry Boutique Gallery and selected a work from Lyndi Lou‘s “Cousin Esteban” wrestling kitten series for our interpretation (who also joined us on the show!) You can see “Rene” AKA “El Leal” along with many other “cute” works of art in the Cuteopia! art show at Revelry Gallery.
About her song selection, Mo said “Blossom Dearie’s “Ev’rything I Got” is cutesy and girlish while still being witty and kinda badass. Cuteopia! is similar in that it’s full of adorable art by a crew of talented, capable, rad women who have a sense of humor.” Check it out tomorrow night at 980 Barret Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40204. 7:00pm.