Wednesday, February 8, 2012

SSH Gallery Show “Faces of Horror” Opens Feb. 13

A collection of drawings titled “Faces of Horror” by artist Kevin Perry of Junction City will be on view in the South Santiam Hall Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., through March 9.

Perry, a former graphics student at LBCC, traces his interest in drawing to his youth. “I spent a lot of time with my trusty No. 2 pencil and a piece of notebook paper during my childhood years,” he said. “I was more interested in doodling something cool or funny to show my classmates that paying attention to the teacher.”

While drawing continues to be his favorite art form, Perry says he also has dabbled in other media, including sculpture, tattoos and monument design. He was the designer of two structures that stand outside his alma mater, Junction City High School, one honoring WWII veterans and the other commemorating the school’s centennial.

His show at the SSH Gallery is his first exhibit of a concentrated body of work, and features drawings of celebrated characters in the horror movie genre, from Frankenstein to Freddy Krueger.

“Horror fans are a rare breed when it comes to their love of the genre,” he said. “The power of a great character, whether hero or villain, is immeasurable, and I try to capture that power with my drawings.”

The SSH Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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