alibi online

Free Will AstrologyAlibi's Personals
 
 V.18 No.40 | October 1 - 7, 2009 

Arts Interview

Get Drunk

Rascals, Scoundrels & Sitch

“The Rub” by Evan Dent
“The Rub” by Evan Dent

Though artist Evan Dent is new to Albuquerque, he's clear on what works in this town: hand-painted signs on businesses and "killer" food.

To Dent, these are indications of a kind of authenticity that feeds his work. While he likes it here, he and his wife didn't arrive entirely by choice. The UNLV MFA grad had been living on Maine's Westport Island as part of an artist's residency when the economic downturn ended his position. A Reno, Nev. native, Dent turned back west to see what he could find.

"This is the first place I've ever come into cold," he says, without benefit of family or connections, which he recognizes isn't all bad. "It's kind of comforting being anonymous. There are a lot of social obligations that come with art, and it's kind of nice taking a break from that."

“I'd finish them and think, God, that's creepy.”

Evan Dent

That's all set to change, though, with the opening of Dent's first Albuquerque show, Rascals, Scoundrels & Sitch at Cirq. He hooked up with the newish gallery simply by researching Albuquerque galleries and sending his stuff to ones that looked like they might fit.

All the work featured for this show is new. "I wanted to do everything fresh," Dent says. "This is the first body of work I've done in a new place. ... I've got all this new stuff all around me, and it's reflected in the work." He sees the effect of creating in response to place in the shifting of his palette. He uses more color now, due largely to the unique light of New Mexico. "There's absolutely amazing lighting here, especially in the afternoon and evenings," resulting in richer tones in his work.

Beyond color, his new work looks at characters, incorporating early studio animation characters into discordant situations as well as creating portraits of "certain characters." That comes, he says, from living in Las Vegas, Nev., "where you meet characters all the time. Literally. You'll be standing in line with Elvis at the checkout. That's not a rare thing."

Las Vegas' role as a mecca for characters of all stripes is part of the focus of a new comic collection in which Dent played a part. Drunk: A Comic About Bar Stories brings together 25 artists' takes on the kinds of tales people tell about bars, often while in bars.

The entries in Drunk (available online at vegasdrunk.com) range from the hilarious to the disgusting to the heartbreaking. It includes the work of well-known comic artists such as Ivan Brunetti and Kim Deitch as well as artists for whom comics isn't a primary focus. Dent's contribution to the collection is "Hot Dog Millionaire," which is quite possibly the creepiest entry in a book filled with heebie-jeebies.

Dent says the effect was, at least at first, accidental. "I wanted it to have more of a slapstick kind of a feel," but as he became more and more engrossed in detail and close-ups, the tone changed. "I'd finish them and think, God, that's creepy."

Though the paintings and drawings in Rascals, Scoundrels & Sitch differ from the work in Drunk, the focus on rough and tricky characters threads through both. The title of the Cirq show, specifically the word “sitch,” comes from the way, as Dent puts it, "salty old guys in Westerns say “such.” What's that gun for? It's for shooting squirrels and sitch. It's these kinds of subjects, rascally and ornery, that Dent's interested in and which, lucky for him, Albuquerque has plenty of.

Rascals, Scoundrels & Sitch

Opening Friday, Oct. 2, 5 to 8 p.m.

Cirq Gallery

712 Central SE

cirqgallery.com

Drunk : vegasdrunk.com

 
Join our mailing list for exclusive info, the week's events and free stuff!
 

  • Select sidebar boxes to add below. You can also click and drag to rearrange the boxes; close using the little X icons on each box. To re-add a box you closed, return to this menu.
  • Because you are not logged in, any changes you make to these boxes will vanish as soon as you click to another page. If you log in, the boxes will stick.
  • alibi.com
  • Latest Posts
  • Web Exclusives
  • Recent Rocksquawk Discussions
  • Recent Classifieds
  • Latest User Posts
  • Most Active Users
  • Most Active Stories
  • Calendar Comments
  • Upcoming Alibi Picks
  • Albuquerque
  • Duke City Fix
  • Albuquerque Beer Scene
  • What's Wrong With This Picture?
  • Reddit Albuquerque
  • ABQ Journal Metro
  • ABQrising
  • ABQ Journal Latest News
  • Del.icio.us Albuquerque
  • NM and the West
  • New Mexico FBIHOP
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • Only in New Mexico
  • Mario Burgos
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • High Country News
  • El Grito
  • NM Politics with Joe Monahan
  • Stephen W. Terrell's Web Log
  • The Net Is Vast and Infinite
  • Slashdot
  • Freedom to Tinker
  • Is there a feed that should be on this list? Tell us about it.
    Phantongram
    Phantongram4.19.2014