Anyone who has ever had to endure the mundane while trapped in a seated position (during class, at boring office jobs, in the back row of musical theater) has surely called on their inner Picasso and sketched random shit on paper. As for me, I used to draw scary man faces with question mark foreheads, the Stussy “S”, and inexplicably, the number two wearing a top hat and carrying a cane in a dance pose (I don’t know). Since I was in school for something like 42 years and I am a hoarder, I have about 200 notebooks filled with these artistic gems; however I doubt anyone will give me an art show based around them (because I am a visionary and people have not yet caught up with my talent).
Eric McHenry, on the other hand, spent some time toiling at a 9-5 while concurrently pursuing his art career, all the while crafting his own doodles, and now all this body of busy work (featuring McHenry’s signature comic/caricature style) is being put on display. It probably helps that the North Carolina native (who cites Andrew Pommier and Chuck Jones as inspirations) is actually a talented artist (mark my words, my dancing 2s will have their day in the sun) and has collaborated with clothing line Insight and created a zine for Gagosian Gallery, amongst other accomplishments.
You can check out McHenry’s work at his first solo exhibition, The Terrible Tusk Show, which opens this Saturday June 14th at Slow Culture in Highland Park. We asked him our favorite seven questions:
2. Who is your muse?
Pablo Picasso in Willie Nelson’s clothes and Leonard Cohen playing Reggie Miller at chess.
3. What is your idea of abject misery?
“Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun”
4. What is your idea of total happiness?
A rope swing
6. What is the best quality in a man?
Originality, creativity and friendship.
7. Draw a self-portrait:
You can find Eric on Tumblr and drinking PBR at the Cha Cha with Mikal Howard now that he is allowed back in.
The Terrible Tusk Show runs June 14 through July 11th at Slow Culture (5906 N. Figueroa St., LA, CA 90042)