I've been trying to write this post for a couple of months now, so I better hurry. This is a rare treat for this region. Robert Williams - The Father of Exponential Imagination is at the Bellevue Art Museum only through March 8th.
Without giving an in depth account of his work, this exhibition is more or less a retrospective of his work, although a number of major pieces are missing. I really first became aware of work when I saw the Custom Culture exhibition at COCA in the early 1990's. I was really impressed that he had been a employee of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, the custom car builder. I'm 60 year old now, and every boy my age knew about Ratfink during their childhood
Mr. Williams also established the alternative art magazine Juxtapoz in the 1990's. It typically highlights Lowbrow, Outsider, Grafitti and a host of other non-mainstream styles.
The exhibit includes a couple over the top fiberglass sculptures.
Mr. Williams is also known for his involvement with the underground comic movement during the 1960s and 1970s.
I particularly enjoy the little creatures included in his canvases.
The show has been up for a few months now and closes in less than a week. I've actually been there twice now! The exhibition conveniently ends on the first Sunday of the month, meaning that the museum will be open late, and for free on the first Friday, March 6th. Well worth the visit!