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The following article was posted on July 3rd, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 49 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [] - Volume 27, Issue 49

It's electrifying!


A visit to San Luis Obispo’s Brick House Goods is a somewhat tortuous affair for those of excellent taste and precious little means, such as myself. (Pretentious? Who, me?) But now that Brick House, the Chorro Street purveyor of thoroughly mod furniture and housewares, is playing host to a fantastic new art show called “Electric Popsicle Art Happening,” it will be even harder to resist its charms.

Featuring works by Nick Wilkinson, Chloe Parks, Drew Davis, Reid Cain, Ty Hjortland, Jeff Claassen, Neal Breton, Jason Hudson, and Isaac Yorke, “Electric Popsicle” is a lighthearted, youthful exhibit with a bit of an edge. It opens Friday, July 5, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art After Dark.

The works vary from the illustrative styles of Hudson (a tattoo artist by day) and Cain (owner of Dr. Cain’s Comics and Games) to the abstract paintings of Davis and the typographic work of Hjortland.

Breton himself has moved away from the watercolors and comically depressing doodles he’s become known for, instead moving toward abstracts, he said.

“It’s supposed to have a fun, sort of summery theme to it,” said Breton, who also curated. “But there are lots of curveballs in there. Like Reid [Cain]—he doesn’t paint happy stuff unless you pay him.”

What’s more, the work in this exhibit by 12 local artists is relatively inexpensive: Breton estimated that the priciest pieces will go for between $200 to $300, with many other works in the exhibit going for far less.

Some of the work is a holdover from a one-day exhibit called “Emerging Artists” at the Paso Robles Festival of the Arts. Breton, who organized that show as well, said he was excited by the quality of the work presented in “Emerging Artists,” but wished it could be displayed for, well, more than one day. Thanks to the cooperation of Brick House general manager Carla Wingett, some of that work will be getting a bit more visibility.

“Electric Popsicle” will be on view this month at Brick House Goods at 1119 Chorro St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook.