Visual Arts

The "Crazy Reality" of Tim Burton Inspires East End Art Show

When East End Studio Gallery put out the call for art inspired by the oeuvre of Tim Burton, local artists responded to the call in droves. Lizbeth Ortiz, artist and art director, says they received almost 600 entries, with nearly 300 on view in the gallery's "Crazy Reality" Tim Burton Tribute Art Exhibition.

Jennifer Corletto (Blue 130) curated the beautifully hung show, grouping the pieces by film and taking viewers on a nostalgic ride through the madcap, psychedelic world of Burton's best, including Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride. Other favorites are well-represented with Frankenweenie, Alice in Wonderland, Batman Returns, Sleepy Hollow and Mars Attacks!

Ben Weidner paid tribute to the magic man himself, portraying Burton as a playing card in King of Swords with nods to both Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Images of both Betelgeuse and Lydia Deetz dominated the Beetlejuice section, with glowing green LED accents adding to the drama. Blue 130's I Want In showcased the disillusioned Goth teen in a Victorian frame, while David J. Anderson created miniature 3-D shadowboxes for Samadhi Lydia and Samadhi Beetlejuice.

Thankfully the gallery had plenty of electrical outlets: Hannah Quinn's miniature, mixed-media sculptures were expertly rendered, with the tall and crooked Jack's House emanating a warm orange glow from its windows. Also from Nightmare were two offerings from Yasela Maldonado: the cocky assuredness of Jack Skellington in Where Ever You Shall Go and again with his faithful ghost dog Zero in Beyond.

There's more to like than not in this show: Jamie Farquhar-Rizzo's magical fantasyland Wool and Water, Jean Holland's grinning Cheshire cat in Kaleidoscope, Deborah Peters's headless horseman in Darkness in The Hollow; and Yasela Maldonado's Peek-a-boo and Hope.

The crowds were out on opening night, with food trucks and vendors helping to settle the restless lines forming around the building. East End Studio Gallery is offering extra viewing hours with this exhibit, and has planned two Tim Burton cosplay events: The kids will dress up on October 15, and the adults have their chance on October 22.

"Crazy Reality" Tim Burton Tribute Art Exhibition continues 6 to 9 p.m. October 14, 1 to 6 p.m. October 15, noon to 7 p.m. October 18, 6 to 9 p.m. October 21, and 7 to 11 p.m. October 22. Through October 22. East End Studio Gallery, 708-C Telephone Road, 713-363-0054, Free. 

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Susie Tommaney is a contributing writer who enjoys covering the lively arts and culture scene in Houston and surrounding areas, connecting creative makers with the Houston Press readers to make every week a great one.
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