New Orleans, LA, USA
Bryan Cunningham (a.k.a MUTIE) has always been attracted to sensational advertising, those ads in the back pages of comic books promising X-ray vision and he-man strength; sideshow banners depicting natures grotesque mistakes; and the mail order hoodoo spells and powders guaranteed to rid you of your enemies, put a lover under your spell and get rich quick. Of course what you get is a pair of paper glasses and spring loaded grips; some crafty taxidermy, and bags of bad smelling incense. Yet oh how these exaggerated promises and lurid visuals stoke the delinquent fires of the imagination!
Cunningham uses his skills in painting and wood working to create unique mixed-media assemblages. Each piece begins with a loose, canvas painting. Next the work is set with grommets and stretched in a hand crafted frame made from recycled wood and found objects. In the final step, Cunningham incorporates the use of vintage sign painting and carving to make each frame design unique.