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First Thursday: The Work of Braldt Bralds at Gallery 601

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Braldt Bralds loves cats. He also loves rock icons and vegetables and historical garb. And cats. He really loves cats.

Born in the Netherlands, Bralds' quirky oeuvre has been viewed by millions of people—featured on the covers of dozens of national and international publications, from Time and Newsweek to Rolling Stone and Der Spiegel, and in ad campaigns for companies like Levi Strauss, Grand Marnier and IBM.

Shot through all his work is a masterful oil style and, of course, cats. He has cat closeups, cats inside various receptacles, cats laying around amid flowers, cats laying around amid vegetables and cats wearing vintage clothing. He also loves rocks. Heart-shaped rocks, specifically, often wound in cordage and rendered against contextless space: sitting on a table, inexplicably hanging in front of a landscape, etc.

We'll be honest, Braldt Bralds' work captivated us (or cat-ivated us) from the moment we saw it. His is a style as expert as its subject matter is off-kilter; a bit like a mad master whose skills afford him the confidence to explore whatever his imagination conjures (seriously, search Google for his rabbit-headed milk cow).

Don't miss a rare opportunity to experience this truly original artists' worldview with a special First Thursday show at Gallery 601 (211 N. 10th St.). There really is no Braldternative.