“Deviant Pop,” an invitational show of pop surrealism, or “underground” lowbrow art, is exhibited now through Jan. 17 in the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery.
The unusual, often humorous and cartoon-like art is the product of five talented Chicago artists associated with OhNo!Doom, a Chicago artist collective made up of designers, illustrators and plush artists, all of whom work creative jobs during the week.
The EAG Gallery is in the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst.
Show organizers note that lowbrow art, according to Wikipedia, describes an underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles area in the late 1970s. It is a populist art movement with its cultural roots in underground comix, punk music and hot-rod cultures. It has a sense of humor, often being gleeful, impish or sarcastic.
Four of the exhibitors are OhNo!Doom members. For Lana Crooks, plush has become her main focus. Her Octoplush series is based on her attraction to cephalopods.
Max Bare makes narrative, mixed-media pieces filled with “paint, tapirs, bears, wood and love.”
Joey Potts works with a wide variety of media to create illustrations, animations, graphic prints and collage.
With 13 years of design experience, seven of them designing mobiles, Andrew Thompson now designs fulltime for Roundarch Isobar in Chicago.
Shawn Smith, the fifth exhibitor, is the originator of “Shawnimals,” a line of character-branded, simple, handmade plush toys, based on designs from Smith's own sketchbooks.
The EAG gallery is open to the public during regular museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Friday is the museum’s free admission day. At other times, admission costs $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and is free for children younger than 5.
About the EAG
The EAG Gallery is nonprofit, and operated by the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild. It features original contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and media. Each year, it hosts several group shows highlighting the artwork of guild members, an invitational show for a significant local artist, and the National Art Premiere, a nationwide juried group show. Exhibits are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
More information is available at elmhurstartistsguild.org.