Preview—Horror Hangover at Hot Art Wet City this weekend
– by Ryan Ingram
The Carrie prom scene has to be one of the best parties in a horror movie. Kids getting dunked with pig’s blood, the school gym going up in flames, and lots of laughs all around. It doesn’t get much better than that.
But can you imagine how much it would’ve sucked to have cleaned that mess up? And how many quarters it would’ve taken Carrie to get all that blood out of her dress at the laundromat?
A fantastic painting by artist Malachi Ward titled “Carrie at the Laundromat” illustrates exactly that scenario, and it will be shown as part of this weekend’s Horror Hangover at Hot Art Wet City’s pop-up gallery. It’s one of 30 pieces that shows the aftermath of a horrific event.
Horror Hangover is curated by Robin McConnell, who hosts weekly interviews with cartoonists on CiTR’s always-great Inkstuds show. With access to so many artists, McConnell told The Snipe in an email that he went with the horror concept because it gave the contributing artists lots of room to play with:
“I don’t like to dictate to artists that are far talented than I could ever be, so I figured this concept was open and gave a lot of leeway,” said McConnell. “I just picked a bunch of folks that I really liked and asked them if they were up for it. It was really important for me to bring together a unique group of folks. A lot of the artists are from out of town, with people from New York, Ottawa, Toronto, Philly, Seattle, Port Alberni and more.”
And if you want to haunt your walls with some original art from the show, it’ll only set you back $100—a ridiculous steal to pick up paintings from the likes of Al Columbia, Michael DeForge and Rebecca Dart.
The opening reception is Friday Nov 23 from 7-11 p.m., and the Horror Hangover will rage the next day from 12-6 p.m.