This weekend, the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco is celebrating the art of Sam Kieth, perhaps best known for his work in MTV’s Oddities, and the comics work of the Hollows and Mars Attacks! And the celebration is of course in form of a retrospective exhibition.
Titled Samplings and Dabblings, this exhibition comprises not only Kieth’s comic works, but also his paintings, comics, and sculpture (comprising the artist’s ongoing Trout-a-Verse project). Each work revolves around the concept of “being stories where characters go through some kind of hellish experience, or who have put themselves through that kind of situation”. The actual opening of this exhibition is not until March 1st, which happens to be the 20th anniversary of what is considered to be Keith’s best comic work The Maxx (which was a MTV series in the mid 1990s). But this weekend, museum patrons will get a taste of what’s to come in a sneak peak, with a reception accompanying the release of a full-color exhibition catalog planned for the month of April. In the catalog will include a career spanning interview with Kieth himself, conducted by Cartoon Art Museum’s curator Andrew Farago.
Once the Sam Kieth exhibition opens on March 1st, it will run until June 16th. Log on to www.cartoonart.org for more information.