By Tom Wachunas
“Marvel is a cornucopia of fantasy, a wild idea, a swashbuckling attitude, an escape from the humdrum and the prosaic. It's a serendipitous feast for the mind, the eye, the imagination, a literate celebration of unbridled creativity, coupled with a touch of rebellion and an insolent desire to spit in the eye of the dragon.” - Stan Lee
EXHIBIT: The Pieces That Fit – collages by Perris Mackey (p _ ThaNerd) at Patina Arts Centre, 324 Cleveland Ave NW, downtown Canton, OH / ending on APRIL 23 / Gallery Hours: Thursday 12-8pm, Friday 8-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm
Perris Mackey - a.k.a. p_ThaNerd – constructs spectacular collages that are dense, intricate agglomerations of fragments salvaged from damaged comic books and recycled magazines. Collectively, his pictures are a celebratory smorgasbord - a confluence of facts and fantasies incorporating iconic celebrities and characters – all seasoned with street-smart theatricality.
At some points in your looking at this tantalizing mélange – and there are only a few days left to do so - you might even envision the artist as a savvy master rapper. Or maybe a virtuosic jazz horn player, belting out crazy fast improvisations with inexhaustible alacrity.
These facile fusions join together myriad irregularly-shaped scraps of images, texts and textures to form labyrinthine backgrounds that exude a rococo kind of complexity. Here, “edgy art” acquires new meaning. In turn, the particulated forms of bodies and faces emerge from their surrounding clamour, like fractions becoming whole numbers, and take on a nearly sculptural solidity.
So welcome to a parade of paper with a pulse. Have a rollicking romp through repurposed pulp festooned with the confetti of Pop culture. Nerds, unite!