Local artist Michael C. Hsiung—known for his whimsical illustrations and lustrous facial hair—presents a new collection of drawings at THIS gallery, including some of his most well-known characters: hairy dudes, drunk bears and sexually deviant mermen. The style of Hsiung's illustrations is simple, but there's a cleverness to each (often evident in his titles) that reveals an artist who is uniquely imaginative, intelligent and playful. When the artist clearly gets such a kick out of his own work, it's hard not to feel the same way when you see it for yourself, whether in the slideshow above, at Bitchcraft Trading Post (hosted by Hsiung's lovely wife, Rachel Pitler) or at his upcoming show, opening Friday Feb 8.
So Far So Good, So What: Drawings by Michael C. Hsiung
So Far So Good, So What: A Solo Exhibition by Michael Hsiung
Michael Hsiung, On the lesser known labors of Sir Anthony of Tuscany and how the exodus of the Lithuanian bears began.
Michael Hsiung, On the topic of canoeing with friends.
Michael Hsiung, The Known Practice of Using Domesticated Bears As Cushions while Drinking, c. 1872.
Michael Hsiung, On the reformed Elizabethan practice of bear-baiting also known as bear-wrestling.
Michael Hsiung, On the bear's uncontrollable urge to toss his master in the air.
Michael Hsiung, On the topic of the domesticated Centapentaur and its addiction to the radish.
Michael Hsiung, Drug Rug Wearer Series #1.
Michael Hsiung, Portrait of Dr. Quinn, medicine elf.
Michael Hsiung, On the merman's propensity towards intemperance, pugnacity and adultery.
Michael Hsiung, More on the topic of riding a skateboard with friends.
Michael Hsiung, Potem Pole.
Michael Hsiung, On the Lithuanian bear's revenge against the sons of Sir Anthony of Tuscany.
Michael Hsiung, Sauna Club.
Michael Hsiung, On the perils of fighting rival fans in unkown territories.
Michael Hsiung, On the false comforts given by the elder merman to his youthful companion.
Michael Hsiung, Various species of mermen and their preferred drinks.
Michael Hsiung, Again on the forbidden and shunned practice of suckling on one's own tail.
Michael Hsiung, Ying Yang Mermen.
Michael Hsiung, On the close knit community amongst long boarders.
Michael Hsiung, On the disbandment of an exotic group of swindlers.