Music fans may have seen John Malta's paintings and drawings on concert posters, fliers and album art around Ohio.

Music fans may have seen John Malta's paintings and drawings on concert posters, fliers and album art around Ohio. But you don't have to know a thing about his clients - which include everyone from experimental noise queen Leslie Keffer to mall punk titans Taking Back Sunday - to appreciate his work. It's a bizarre monster mash informed by pizza, Nickelodeon and other childhood delights but filtered through punk ideals and a CCAD education. Malta's show this month at Kickstart is full of grotesque faces, fabulous creatures and 3-D pizza come to life.

-Chris DeVille