Punk-Folk Artist Brett Hunter at Pink Dog Creative
Brett Hunter’s exhibit, Gossima, is showing at the Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St., through December 19. Gossima, derived from a word used to describe something lightweight or delicate, is one of the original names for the game now known as Table Tennis, or Ping Pong. “I use Gossima to describe this collection of work not only for the direct association with the Ping Pong themes in the work, but as a reference to it being ‘lightweight,’ ‘not heavy,’ ‘FUN,'” says Hunter.
Brett Hunter is an artist working in southern Illinois and beyond. Blowing off a college education to travel and play in punk rock bands his entire adult life has brought a DIY, low-brow aesthetic to his artwork. This goes hand-in-hand with a heavy folk art influence, thanks to growing up around his grandparents’ collection of odd, brightly colored, often crudely made folk creations, many of them made by Brett’s grandfather, Don Shull. Several members of the family are artists themselves and it’s only natural that he follow in their footsteps.