War'Hous's Adventure Time Exhibition Hits Highs and Lows

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One might think that fans of Cartoon Network's postapocalyptic show Adventure Time would generally range in the five-to-ten-year-old age group, but then one would be wrong. Adventure Time, the totally far-out show about a boy, Finn, and his dog, Jake, living in a dystopian society, has captured something of a cult following by teens and young adults (presumably on weed). This weekend, Houston's own Studio 54, War'Hous, opened its doors to an Adventure Time and video game art-themed showcase called "Oh My Glob."

The "Oh My Glob" exhibition features more than 30 artists who have created their own distinctive versions of the cartoon/video game theme. The variety of mediums was as diverse as the artists' approach to the concept. For those who keep up with Houston's art scene, many of the names are familiar.

Of these artists, Chance Houston, a local favorite, showcased his take on the Adventure Time motif with a piece entitled "Time Out," featuring Finn and Jake geared up with military paraphernalia, ready to go into battle. Lee Carrier's "9 Finns" depicted nine distinctive facial expressions of the famous cartoon boy, many of which the actual cartoonists would be proud of. And Fabian Brimms has created large-scale mosaics of Finn and Jake made from hundreds (thousands?) of mini images of the two. These pieces overall caught my attention and stuck with me for the entire evening.

Another artist that I adored was Priscilla Zutis, who created a collection of Adventure Time images in cross-stitch looms. The concept was completely different from anything else at the show.

Despite the fact that many of the artists were doing a lot of the same work, in terms of talent the cans and cannots were quite distinguishable. Dandee Warhol, who runs the gallery and is a renowned pop artist in the city, has a stunning piece in the show featuring Finn surrounded by an overwhelming number of Jake the dogs, which he calls "Me and My Homies." And John Krieger's Mario Brothers-themed paintings were just gorgeous.

That is not to say there weren't a number of seriously bad weak links. A series of Lara Croft/Tomb Raider photos fell on the completely cheesy side of the spectrum, and a few of the pieces seemed like the kind of thing my three-year-old nephew could have made with the crayons he pulled out of his diaper.

In addition to the art, the joint was full of vendors such as Abbie Dru Designs, Sid Rebel, Tine Deer Studio and Urban Izzy, among many others selling their handmade goods. There was also some videotaping going on and casting for a new Web series by Gray Agent.

The place, as always, was packed; toss in a bunch of little kids running around and "Oh My Glob" was a serious success.

If you haven't been over to War'Hous for one of their extreme-art opening parties, do yourself a favor and go. Houston has an art district on Main Street and it's only getting bigger.

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