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When Super Wonder Gallery‘s Christian Aldo invited me to put work into his mammoth group show, The Amazing Candyland Show, I got a sugar rush. We didn’t eat a lot of sugar in my household growing up, so candy is still kind of a forbidden fruit for me. I also associate candy with post-psychedelic 1970s packaging, sketchy corner stores, and bursting Hallowe’en pillowcases.

I sketched a lot of berzerk stuff over the next week, more good ideas than I can possibly paint. After a 50 hour week in the studio, here are the eight small paintings I’ve completed.

The Amazing Candyland Show opening party is next Friday, May 23, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., at Super Wonder Gallery (99 Sudbury Street, Toronto). $6 cover. For show updates, go to the Facebook page.

Abscess, 5"x7", acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Tootsie Pop, 5″x7″, acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Gummy Goodbye, 6"x6", acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Gummy Goodbye, 6″x6″, acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Abscess, 5"x7", acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Abscess, 5″x7″, acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Cavity,  5"x7", acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Cavity, 5″x7″, acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Gumshoe, 6"x6", acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Gumshoe, 6″x6″, acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Sourball, 5"x7", acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Sourball, 5″x7″, acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
 Sugar Rush, 5"x7", acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Sugar Rush, 5″x7″, acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Sugar Crash, 5"x7", acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014
Sugar Crash, 5″x7″, acrylic on canvas, Rob Elliott, 2014

 

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The Super Super Show

Another big exhibition at Christian Aldo’s Super Wonder Gallery opens this Friday. The Super Super Show will feature over 50 artists taking on the larger-than-life world of comic books. Impresario Aldo directed participating artists thus:

We are living in turbulent times! WHO WILL SAVE US?!
NOW, more than ever, we need our SUPER HEROES!
And for those of us who are EVIL, we need our SUPER VILLAINS!

My own contribution is Henchmen, the first large painting I have done since 2008. It’s a sinister piece with a psychedelic cartoon feel, equal parts Yellow Submarine, Clockwork Orange, and the 1960s Batman television show.

Henchmen, acrylic on canvas, 24"x30"
Henchmen, acrylic on canvas, 24″x30″

The Super Super Show
The Super Wonder Gallery
99 Sudbury Street, Toronto
Show continues until June 12:
MONDAY: 4 – 8
TUESDAY: 4 – 8
WEDNESDAY: Official Closing Party 6 – 10
Or call 416-516-5457 for a private appointment.

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