Skeletons, skulls, monstrous humanoids and just plain old monsters – Louisville artist Patrick Jilbert’s characters might skulk around society’s margins, dodging daggers and coffins on motorcycles and skateboards, but they’re also practically humming with whimsical humanity. Jilbert opens a solo show of all-new work, “Avoid Everything,” Friday at Why Louisville Two (802 E. Market Street).
Jilbert’s illustration and paintings are heavily influenced by language, which is evident in his work’s sense of playfulness and humor. A perfect example is his popular “Louisville Is For Haters” t-shirt (designed for WHY Louisville), which pokes gentle fun at both relentless hometown pride sloganeering and disgruntled, dismissive critics of hometown art.
Watch Jilbert sketch a three-eyed monster for the video collection of San Francisco art collective Tea Shack Project:
Will Oldham Songs Inspire Group Show
Artwork inspired by Louisville’s own Will (Bonnie “Prince” Billy) Oldham’s music can be seen in the Louisville Visual Art Association’s “Troublesome Houses” exhibit, which opens Friday evening at Public in Whiskey Row Lofts (131 W. Main St.). Curated by Kevin Titzer, who has previously curated similar exhibits inspired by They Might Be Giants and the Pixies, the show features 26 artists from the U.S., Canada and Germany, including local favorites Kathleen Lolley and Douglas Miller. The show runs through December 13.
Portraiture Solo Show Includess Familiar Faces
And Louisville-based painter David Iacovazzi-Pau’s portraits go up in a solo show at Swanson Contemporary this weekend (638 E. Market St.). Iacovazzi-Pau’s portraits include a variety of Louisville artists and personalities like writer Ron Whitehead and (coincidentally) Will Oldham. Bonnie Prince completists might be able to check off several life-list items Friday night.
Here’s the interactive TARC map of the Downtown First Friday Trolley Hop, which runs Main-Market and up and down Fourth Street, from Main to Broadway.