Heavy Horse

T and I saw the HEAVY show last night. An unexpectedly mind-blowing art show. Ben Perkins is the artist, who takes his comic strip personalities onto huge, colorful panels that invited me inside the world of graphic arts like never before.

The artist at the opening


I can’t stop thinking about those images. They are 8 feet high and sometimes eight feet across, filling Galley Zero and leaving hardly a square inch of wall uncovered. Additional panels hang in the centers of the rooms, large enough to be dividing walls. Every piece was steeped in colour. I can’t even begin to describe the depth and the BANG! of the colours. Blinking red of a neon sign pushing into a dark room on one panel, followed by glowing lemon/lime fly monster guts, shocking white moon in clumps of stars in sky fields like daisies, and gooey black everywhere, sticking to everything.

Don’t you love it when art moves you?

Heavy takes out a robot

The work centers around the character, Heavy, a beefy horse-headed tough guy who apparently spends a lot of time taking down larger-than-life monsters and nurses a mighty soft romantic spot somewhere inside his horsey heart. The work is sympathetic to the drudgery of being a good guy in a world gone bad, while gleefully reveling in the amped, testosterone-infused madness of a good fist fight on dark city streets.

{I brought my actual camera, but the batteries were dead! So I had to use my phone’s camera. Yarg.}

Ok, so learn this guy’s name: Ben Perkins. (also click that link because he writes about his show and also has awesome photos of the paintings) His creations are incredible. Face it: my phone camera images are not doing the work justice and you’ll simply have to see it for yourself. If you are able to get to Portland this month… GO to The Galley Zero and see the show. It’s free; just walk in. And try not to drool.

We bought this original sketch, which shows The Horsemen. Ben autographed it for Tara.