Monday, June 08, 2009

Press Release - File Under: Pop Opens July 10

Zombo Gallery
4900 Hatfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

June 8, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michael Devine [
412-904-3703, zomboco@aol.com]

Zombo Gallery Celebrates Two Years in Lawrenceville
with Wayno's Latest Show, File Under: Pop

PITTSBURGH -- Zombo Gallery, Pittsburgh's home for hipster art and culture, celebrates another year of quirkiness with its second anniversary show,
File Under: Pop, opening July 10, 2009.

Zombo Gallery, the creation of local entertainer and impresario Michael Devine, has become a showcase for artists of unique vision, and is Lawrenceville's hottest spot for unusual art happenings.

Wayno, Pittsburgh's rock & roll cartoonist, returns with File Under: Pop, his third solo exhibit at Zombo. His previous Zombo shows included the sold-out Squaresville in 2007, followed by 2008's door-buster, Stubble & Smoke. The current show features forty black & white portraits of musicians and other entertainers, originally created as illustrations for the Rhino Records division of Warner Music Group.

File Under: Pop highlights a different facet of Wayno's eclectic but always-recognizable style. In contrast to the loose, scruffy look of his previous exhibits, these portraits display a clean and economic "cartoon realism." The artist describes them as "Roy Lichtenstein without the halftone dots."

The show's title was inspired by the instructional text that appeared on record sleeves in the early days of LPs, as well as the Pop Art aesthetic that informs all of Wayno's work.

File Under: Pop also includes larger paintings based on some of the black & white portraits, limited edition prints, and an exhibit catalog in the form of a coloring book. Wayno chose the coloring book format to encourage the audience to take part in the creative process. "Even if they don't actually color in the book, thinking about how they might color it will give viewers a different take on the images."

Gallery owner Michael Devine said, "I'm always excited to see what Wayno comes up with for us. We're both interested in unusual music and art. I like to say that Wayno and Zombo are a perfect combo!"

The File Under: Pop opening reception is on Friday, July 10, 2008, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Normal gallery hours are Fridays from 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Saturdays from noon to 4:00 PM, or by appointment.

Zombo Gallery includes a retail area featuring custom T-shirts, DVDs, CDs, and recorded air checks of Devine’s radio show, which is heard Fridays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on WRCT 88.3 FM.

Wayno is a cartoonist, illustrator, artist, and writer based in Pittsburgh. His clients include The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, McGraw-Hill Books, The Guardian, Table, and The New York Times. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and the National Cartoonists Society, and is a founding board member of the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's museum of the cartoon arts.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has called Wayno "Pittsburgh's go-to guy for rocking illustrations," and Pop City Media referred to him as "a household hipster name."

For additional information, call 412-904-3703, or visit http://www.zomboworld.com

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