While most kids were scared shitless watching A Nightmare on Elm Street or Childs Play, the bad guys in those classic horror flicks only made Brian Hebets laugh.
I was drawn to the characters. I found them scary, but I thought they were hilarious, Hebets, 31, says. A lot of people didnt really see it that way, but I did.
Hebets is especially drawn to clowns, those horrifying, grinning characters that ride in tiny cars with 20 of their creepy clown friends.
A lot of people tell me they hate clowns, and I think theyre hilarious, he says. Clowns, I guess you can say, are like my little minions in my imagination. Theyre just my little helpers, so I try to reference them in what I do.
Clowns, as well as the murderous Chucky doll and other horror icons, can be seen at Proceed with Caution, Hebets first solo art show, opening with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Visual (3524 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights).
Hebets calls this collection urban abstract. Itll feature elements that he feels represent who he is as an artist and a person: bright colors, marine life and those horror characters.
Everything, if I was going to have to base it on anything, it would be the emotion of fear in the human psyche, he says.
The San Diego-born artist has spent the last six months creating the pieces thatll be on view. Actually, hes been preparing all his life.
My first sketch was a critter—from the movie Critters—skateboarding. I did a critter piece as tribute. Thats really all it is. Its just tribute to everything that kind of made me what I am today, what I do creatively. Thats what all this is about.
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