Like that gushy, borderline stalker note you stuffed in your crush's locker in sixth grade, the line between cute and creepy can be regrettably thin. Take the recent unfortunate cupcake-topping trend: life-like gumpaste babies. Nothing triggers a gag reflex--or a deluge of dead baby jokes--like popping a fleshy pink edible newborn in your mouth. Then there's the pun-filled Photoshop blog breadpeople.com, which masterfully morphs celebrity faces into realistic, totally creepy starches and sweets. Pumper-Nickelback, Oreoprah, Madonut and Gwar-lic bread are all breadfully awesome.
Continuing along this trajectory, local artists Julia Green and Rick Walter have collaborated on a new exhibit, aptly titled The Cute and Creepy Show: The Work of Julia Green and Rick Walter. The exhibit will showcase Green's whimsical, fairy tale-esque pieces alongside Walter's darker, sometimes creepy pop surrealist work. The show opens on Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at Visual Arts Collective and runs through July 31.
Here are some words of advice from Green on the show's Facebook page: "All of you going to The Cute and Creepy Show: The Work of Julia Green and Rick Walter better save around $25 (at least) and buy some artwork because I am going to have almost 100 pieces in the show."