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Surrealist art inspired by lowbrow culture on display in OKC



Artists inspired by underground comics, hot rods, street culture and commercial art currently have their eclectic pieces showcased at "Pop Surrealism," showing through April 21 at City Arts Center at Fair Park.

Pop surrealists use the "lowbrow" art of cartoons and graphic design to create art that critiques war, American commercialism and popular culture.

"It is "¦ a great opportunity for Oklahoma art lovers to see this wonderful artwork and meet the artists whose work many of us have only seen in magazines," said Clint Stone, City Arts curator.

Among the national artists are:
" Frank Kozik, who has produced album covers for Beck, George Clinton and Green Day;
" Winston Smith, a montage artist whose credits include Green Day's "Insomniac," The New Yorker, Spin and Wired;
" Michael Michael Motorcycle, a Gothic painter of concert posters;
" Kathie Olivas, a multimedia artist whose work features monstrous yet cuddly characters;
" Mexican Chocolate, aka Jared Connor, a rock poster artist; and
" Jamungo, a two-person cooperative that creates limited-edition designer toys.

Representing Oklahoma are:
" Sarah Atlee,
" Matt Goad,
" Josh Heilaman,
" Chad Mount
" Josh Reynolds, and
" Steven C. Schmidt.

The artists' reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Like the exhibition, it is free and open to the public. Artwork, posters and toys shown will be available for purchase.

City Arts Center is located at 3000 General Pershing on the State Fairgrounds. For more information, call 951-0000 or the City Arts Web site. "?Stephen Kovash


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