The Hippodrome Art Gallery will be featuring art by Panhandle Slim for your stroll around downtown on Friday, July 27, for Artwalk Gainesville from 7 to 10 p.m. Join us for art & wine!
Local, self-taught artist Panhandle Slim incorporates the slant of the folk aesthetic within his artist expression: flat, cartoon-like, simple, quick and honest. While the physical materials comprising the structure of his work may hail from trash bins and alleyways, the visual language he provides pulls from music, literature, art, film and politics. Typical of Panhandle Slim’s work is a painted headshot image of a chosen personality accompanied by a quote expressed from that particular individual. “I use other people’s statements, ideas and quotes to make my art.” Within this dialogue, some offerings are mean for humor, some life affirmations, and some are pointed and political. Panhandle Slim’s own intentions are left neutral as to why and what he has chosen to provide the viewer, as if he is only holding a mirror of our society for us to peer into.