"Deviant Pop," an invitational show of pop surrealism, or "underground" lowbrow art, exhibited in the Elmhurst Artists' Guild Gallery opening in December of 2013. The unusual, often humorous and cartoon-like art was the product of five talented Chicago artists associated with OhNo!Doom, a Chicago artist collective made up of designers, illustrators and plush artists, all of whom work creative jobs during the week.
The opening reception was Friday, December 6, from 7pm to 9pm at The EAG Gallery (located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, Illinois). The first of it's kind at the museum, a collection of "Lowbrow" art. "The underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles area in the late 1970s. It is a populist art movement with its cultural roots in underground comix, punk music, and hot-rod cultures of the street. It has a sense of humor, often being gleeful, impish, or sarcastic."
Four of the exhibitors are OhNo!Doom members. For Lana Crooks, plush has become her main focus, with crazy fabric creatures. Max Bare, who says he was brain-fed in Savannah, makes narrative mixed-media pieces filled with "paint, tapirs, bears, wood and love." Joey Potts works with a wide variety of media to create illustrations, animations, graphic prints and collage. With 13 years of design experience, seven of them designing mobile apps, Andrew Thompson. Shawn Smith, the fifth exhibitor, is the originator of "Shawnimals," a line of character-branded simple handmade plush toys, based on designs from Smith's own sketchbooks.