Tad Carpenter

Illustrator and designer Tad Carpenter describes his work as being “modern, with a bit of Saturday morning cartoons mixed in.” He also cites Pixar, Maurice Sendak, and Richard Scarry as influences, so it makes sense that it’s the sort of stuff both children and adults can enjoy. Carpenter’s new exhibit, “Mayhem, Mischief, and Monsters” (through Sept. 20), features 11-by-14-inch silk-screen prints of zombies, robots, and octopi. What makes these small panels so awesome is that they’re modular; each only depicts a portion of a creature. Carpenter, based in Kansas City, Missouri, then encourages us to mix and match the prints to create our own ideal monster. So slap a handful of tentacles on that snarling zombie. If the hybrid ghoul wins your heart, you can take him home for just $25. Bluebottle Art Gallery, 415 E. Pine St., 325-1592, www.bluebottleart.com. Free. Noon–7 p.m. ERIKA HOBART

Tuesdays-Sundays, noon. Starts: Sept. 2. Continues through Sept. 20, 2008

 
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