CTRL Collective Presents
FATHOM Art Series Two
Underbelly by Rohitash Rao & Kathy Hepinstall Parks
An exhibition of comics masquerading as art. Or vice versa. Rohitash Rao talks about Underbelly followed by a book signing. Plus lite snacks and drinks (Rohitash & Rosé!)
Saturday, April 1 (April Fool’s Day!)
7 – 9 PM
CTRL Collective DTLA
833 S. Spring St. Floor 4
Admission: $7 at the door
*FREE with RSVP at CTRLCollectiveDTLA.eventbrite.com*
An exhibition of comics masquerading as art. Or vice versa. "Underbelly" is a series of comics that was created by Rohitash Rao and Kathy Hepinstall Parks many, many years ago. Ro has turned those comics into contemporary paintings.
Underbelly was started as an art project between two friends, Rohitash Rao (artist and writer) and Kathy Hepinstall (writer), when they were both starting out in the advertising business. They were soon published in magazines like Raygun and Bikini.
Then the dream relocated to the back of a drawer.
Ro went on to become a painter, illustrator, director, animator and writer and Kathy went on to publish novels. Recently they reunited to revisit the dream child they never forgot.
These darkly optimistic, single paneled comics explore the underbelly of our lives, that spectrum from which we can admit that daily existence can be both surreal and non-sensical. Though the subjects seem randomly organized (God, Racism, gnats, and imaginary friends) all of them seek to enter and understand this planet we call home through the tiniest and most ordinary moments.
Decades later, the themes are still current. Culture and society changes rapidly but that twisted, almost heroic way humans doggedly try to understand their world remains the same. Thus the Underbellies written in the beginning and recently belong together.