Gris Grimly’s A Prairie Nightmare

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Posted December 20, 2007 in

Gris Grimly’s A Prairie Nightmare at the M Modern thru December 

One of M Modern’s newest exhibits—A Prairie Nightmare—is like a glucose-trip to a dark and mysterious place where the things that go bump-in-the-night actually smile pleasantly. Morose? No, Grimly . . . Gris Grimly. The erstwhile Nebraska-native is best known for his illustrations in children’s books (think Dr. Seuss meets Tim Burton); however, Grimly has developed a following in the fine art world through a macabre variety of mediums. His work is often described as a dark and humorous twist on reality and ironically more often than not falls under the “horror” category. His first novel illustrations appeared in Monster Museum (2001) by Marilyn Singer. Grimly later went on to write and illustrate Wicked Nursery Rhymes (2003) and its sequel Wicked Nursery Rhymes II (2006). In 2005, he crossed into the cinematic world with a short black and white film, Cannibal Flesh Riot. While the 30-minute flick failed to garner an Oscar nomination, it received great reviews. In A Prairie Nightmare, Grimly centers on memories of childhood on a Midwestern farm. His signature water and ink washes are accompanied by absurd nose- and mouth-less figures that, frankly, add character. M Modern will continue to display Gris Grimly’s limited edition prints and recent paintings through December. Accompanying Grimly’s work at M Modern are the works of other contemporary artists like Lesley Reppeteaux, Chris Reccardi, and Shag. (Lynn Lieu)   

Gris Grimly’s A Prairie Nightmare at the M Modern, 2500 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 416-3611; www.mmodern.com. Thru February 3, 2008. Free. Fri-Sun, 11am-5pm


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