New Drawings by Zak Meek
Like many people, I find myself fascinated by the meme of cuteness. Our pets (and other people’s pets if YouTube hit counters mean anything) enrich our lives and bring hours of entertainment. My art is influenced by several pop-culture phenomenons: cute online images, over-the-top 1970s-80s comic art/movie covers, and occasionally low-brow one-liners. These are combined to create a fantastical environment and cast of characters. They are not intended to be serious, just interesting visual compositions, often with a nod to narrative and absurdist humor. The concept came about while studying at the Kansas City Art Institute, but has evolved from scenes of puppy birthday parties, to portraiture and invented hybrid creatures.
Zachary (Zak) Meek is a 28-year-old Kansas City Art Institute graduate, painter, and musician. His art deals with the human-animal relationship through humor and absurdity. He is employed in The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art image library. Zak is married to fellow artist Anna Zimmerman. They reside in Kansas City, MO with their Pomeranian, Gypsy.
The opening reception will be November 4, 2011, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. The show runs through November 25. After November 4, contact Paula Rose to view by appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org