Gallery Hop preview: Find art inspired by ’90s skateboard decks, house punk shows and street culture

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From the June 5, 2014 edition

“Good Grief”

Artists John F. Malta, Michael Marine and Nichole Senter will exhibit recent posters, drawings, paintings and installations with an opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Saturday. The work of all three presents a variety of motifs and subject matters, from whimsy to uncomfortable situations.

Malta’s mixed-media paintings, installations and posters might be the most diverse, portraying “Super Nintendo” nightmares inspired by everything from house punk shows and gig posters to pet lizards, according to the press release.

Stimulated by ’90s skateboard decks, Marine creates sequential graphite drawings containing a bit of sarcasm, poking fun at pop culture and mortality. Senter is showcasing drawings inspired by her character Baron Von Badtooth from a daily comic where he maneuvers awkward circumstances.

“Hello, Ohio”

Los Angeles-based artist Dan Goodsell is the creator of “World of Mr. Toast” and other characters (Lemonhead, Shaky Bacon, Mope the Onion, Joe the Egg and Space Duck) that are presented in multiple forms: an amusing self-published comic, larger paintings, illustrations and toys. “Hello, Ohio” mixes “World of Mr. Toast” with Ohio-centric works. Opening reception is 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

David DeRosa

David DeRosa is an exciting local artist who’s received international acclaim. His work (paintings, murals and sight-specific works) conveys a beautifully conceptualized pop-art sensibility. The works will be on display at Waxxpot, a recently opened waxing salon, with a reception from 6-10 p.m.

“Sam Branden: Force Fields of Reflection”

Recent CCAD graduate Sam Branden is exhibiting painting, photography and video installation inspired by street culture: graffiti, basketball sneakers and hip-hop. The works mix monochromatic elements with a flood of color pops to create what is best described as surreal graffiti and street art. A reception is scheduled 6-10 p.m.

Last Chance: Pizzuti Collection exhibits

All three current exhibitions (“Cuban Forever,” “Inaugural Exhibition” and “Sculpture Garden”) at the Pizzuti Collection end this month. This Saturday offers the last opportunity to partake in a guided tour of the works at 2 p.m. Saturday. It’s a good way to kick-off Gallery Hop, then grab a bite to eat — or a drink — and then hit all the other openings in the evening.

Photos courtesy of the artists