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MUSKEGON MUSKEGON of ART

296 West Webster Ave
Muskegon, MI 49440

RICK MALLETTE, PHIL HANSON, ANDREW WINSHIP, GEORGE LIEBERT, STEVE BUDINGTON
"Tripped Out! Contemporary Chicago Imagists"
August 4-October 7, 2007


ARTIST STATEMENT
Richard Mallette twists the comic and cartoon together by painting figural and abstracted worlds of positive and negative energy. Highly influenced by the counter-culture of comic and rock paraphernalia of the 1950s , 60s, and 70s, Mallette’s fluid marks and bold colors are reminiscent of the psychedelic. He imparts to his portraits the functions and measures of our daily desires and actions. Humor and gravity are expressed in these images of give and take. They are comical in a tragic state. His figures are represented as faceless, nameless, and almost mechnaical, building upon themselves in an automatic, uncontrollable way, but full of humility, personality, and empathy. 







INVENTORY
1. Red Thick Hair, Tiny Yellow Eyes (2007) Acrylic on Wood. 24 x 24 inches
2. Head in Pale Yellow Space (2006) Acrylic on Wood. 24 x 24 inches
3. Green Face, Orange Neck (2007) Acrylic on Wood. 24 x 24 inches
4. Yellow Limbs, Small Green Eyes (2007) Acrylic on Wood. 24 x 24 inches
5. Green Eye. Yellow Tongue. Orange Cheek (2006) Acrylic on Wood. 36 x 36 inches

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